From Beethoven to Barbie Girl: Ukrainian piano virtuoso takes you there, March 19, Morristown


Alina KiryayevaAbendmusik, the concert series sponsored by Music@MUMC, continues its 2015-2016 season (Back by Popular Demand!) with a concert on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm featuring pianist Alina Kiryayeva.

The program “From Classical to Modern” offers a unique view of the evolution of music from the time of Mozart to our time.

Connecting classical piano masterpieces such as “Moonlight” Sonata by Beethoven and Chopin’s Sonata to the modern “classified” transcriptions of popular melodies like Jingle Bells and Barbie Girl, it creates an exciting parallel between the timeless art of classical music and contemporary popular culture.

There is a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens.  Advance tickets are available ($17 adults/$12 seniors) by telephoning the church office 973-538-2132.  Students with ID are admitted Free.

The concert will be presented at Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green), Morristown, NJ.  Our facilities are handicapped accessible.  There will be a reception following the concert.

Praised for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound, Alina Kiryayeva captivates the audiences with her profound philosophical insight and charismatic stage presence.

A native of Ukraine, Ms.Kiryayeva performed her first solo recital at age 8 and her solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 11. The First Prize winner of the Senigallia International Competition, Italy, Ms. Kiryayeva has also claimed top prizes in several international piano competitions in the USA, including the Grace Welsh International Competition, and the California Young Artist International Competition.

She was honored by the Ukrainian President, Leonid Kravchuk, with the State Award for Achievements in Arts. One of very few classical pianists that completed both Bachelor and Master degrees at The Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship, she has also been awarded the Fannie Gottlieb-Harkavi Scholarship and Susan Rose Piano Scholarship.

Ms. Kiryayeva has toured her native Ukraine as well as Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Japan and United States. In recent seasons she has performed with the Kharkov State Philharmonic and State Opera Theatre Orchestras, The Imperial Valley Symphony orchestra and New York Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra.

In 2013 Ms. Kiryayeva released a solo piano album “Sonatas”, which was featured on 150th broadcast of “Women in Music” on CKWR Radio in Ontario, Canada.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with an array of esteemed artists, including renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich,  and internationally acclaimed counter-tenor Terry Barber.

In an award-winning collaboration with the distinguished clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov Alina appeared in New York debut recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall,  in Chamber Music Marathon at the Morse Recital Hall, New York, the Concerto Takes Manhattan Series at Yamaha Hall in New York, Young Artist Concert Series in Bergenfield, NJ and the Concert Series at Jefferson’s Ferry, NY.

Ms.Kiryayeva’s upcoming chamber music performances include appearances in Steinway Series at Smithsonian Museum and in the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information: 973-538-2132.


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