Piano Palooza Nov. 14 Features 3 International Guest Artists

NFSO November 14, 2015 Piano Palooza The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 29th year as the region’s premier professional orchestra continues Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm with a "PIANO-PALOOZA" concert in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center celebrates the return of its magnificent Steinway Grand piano following a 9 month restoration with a Piano Palooza concert by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra featuring three international Guest Artist pianists.

The Guest Artists, all national gold-medal winning musicians of extraordinary talent, will perform the works of Gershwin, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, appearing with the NFSO in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $25 each adult and $18 each for Active Duty Military and for youth age 18 and younger. NWF State College students may request one free ticket per student ID.

Appearing in Piano Palooza are Ukrainian born pianist Stanislav Khristenko, who has captivated audiences on four continents, receiving the highest praise from media around the globe. The Washington Post proclaimed him a “poet of piano” and he has garnered top prizes at some of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions. Also appearing is pianist Alon Goldstein, who has been praised by the New York Times for his “irresistible powerhouse performance” and the Chicago Tribune for his “stylish and spirited playing” among accolades from around the world. Recent appearances by Goldstein include a 17-concert Latin American tour, as well as appearing as soloist with the Israel, London and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras.

Rising start pianist Tomer Gewirtzman of Israel, first-prize winner of the 64th Wideman International Piano Competition (2014) also appears. Gerwirtzman is currently working toward a Master of Music degree at the Julliard School and has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, the Aspen Concert Orchestra and many others, and has won top prizes in numerous international competitions.

NFSO music director and conductor Jeffrey Rink noted the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s Steinway Grand Piano underwent a $53,000 complete renovation with all portions being replaced and only the original frame and harp remaining. “What we are receiving after this renovation is a concert grand of the highest quality that will sound fantastic in a wide variety of musical styles from Mozart to Rachmaninov”, noted Rink. “Before it returns home, our instrument was played in Maryland recently in two recitals by world-renown pianists Enrique Graf and Eric Himy. Mr. Graf declared the piano as ‘one of the finest instruments he has played in his career’ and Mr. Himy simply used the word ‘amazing’ to describe the sound.”

Rink noted that the November 14 Piano Palooza concert with the NFSO will be a totally unique musical experience as “world-class musicians perform in the state-of-the-art Mattie Kelly Arts Center – a true concert hall -- on a fully refurbished Steinway Grand”.

Purchase NFSO concert tickets in advance by phone, web or in-person from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office or at-the-door starting at 6:00 pm the night of the concert. Call (850) 729-6000 or see the center’s website at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org for information and tickets. The Box Office is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and 90 minutes prior to showtime.

See the NFSO website for more information on the NFSO, the Emerald Coast’s premiere professional symphony now in its 29th season.

Select the links below to read more about each guest artist on the NFSO website

ALON GOLDSTEIN

STANISLAV KHRISTENKO

TOMER GEWIRTZMAN

The non-profit NFSO is in its 29th year as the Emerald Coast’s premier professional orchestra and the 2015-2016 orchestra season includes a range of international guest artists and world music in 10 separate concerts, guest artist recitals and nationally touring special events.

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