The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota presents
“Grande Piano: Chopin & Friends”
With Pianist Eleonora Lvov
Sunday, January 17 • 4 p.m. Ÿ Unitarian Universalist Church
This acclaimed piano virtuoso will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and Gershwin.
“A full-blooded romantic with abandoned rhythmic freedom and a brilliant piano technique with incredible agility that is viscerally exciting … a flaming virtuoso.”
–Robert Finn, Cleveland Plain Dealer
(Sarasota, FL) Eleonora Lvov, the celebrated Russian piano virtuoso, will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and Gershwin in “Grande Piano: Chopin and Friends, as part of the Sanctuary Concerts series, January 17, 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 941-371-4974 or visit www.uucsarasota.com/LVOV.html.
Lvov has achieved acclaim as a piano virtuoso and popular recording artist. She performs as a soloist with major orchestras and in recitals throughout the United States, Europe and Russia, and often punctuates her concerts with personal impressions and historical remarks. Lvov received the first prize in the Beethoven Competition in Moscow, and was awarded the International Alex de Vries prize in Belgium, among others awards. She has also been honored with command performances for the Queen of Belgium, the Prime Minister of England and the President of Israel. Her program for this concert includes works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Albéniz and Gershwin.
In this concert, she will play a broad spectrum of music from the Romantic and Impressionistic eras, offering personal impressions and historical remarks about each piece.
“Music is the language of spirit,” says Lvov. “Whether I am playing about love, struggle, or turbulent dark forces, it is my soul talking to the audience through the language of music. When I perform, my ego dissolves, and what flashes through my mind is a torrent of images—images which come from the subconscious and unconscious mind. I don’t concentrate on the notes —that’s what practice is for—I only feel emotion. What gives me a high is the feeling of joy, from spirit speaking through me.”
Don DeMaio, coordinator for the Sanctuary Concerts series, says that audiences will “experience uplifting and inspiring music played by a world-class pianist who believes that giving and expressing love, music and beauty can change the world. We invite music lovers to join us for a concert exploring the talents of some of the greatest piano composers of all time.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.uucsarasota.com/LVOV.html or call 941-371-4974.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota is the largest Unitarian church in Florida with nearly 400 members and friends. Founded in 1952 with 12 members, it is now a growing church with an active calendar of cultural and social events, including its popular series of Freethinkers presentations on the first Friday of every month.