Minnesota Sinfonia Offers Free Performance with World Renowned Pianist

Inna Faliks returns with a performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.

Minneapolis, MN, March 13, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Minnesota Sinfonia is excited to present Drama – Piano Style featuring world renowned pianist, Inna Faliks, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major.

Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. She has won many competitions, including the International Pro Musicis Award in 2005, and her distinguished career has taken her to thousands of venues around the world. Faliks is committed to innovative programing, having performed and recorded the unknown piano works of Russian poet Boris Pasternak and more. This is her second performance with the Sinfonia.

The program will also showcase a performance of Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra and Piano Obbligato, featuring pianist Loren Fishman, and Nativity after John Donne – a new work by local composer Justin Merritt.

Merritt was the youngest-ever winner of the ASCAP Foundation/Rudolph Nissim Award, as well as other awards including the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Prize. He received his Bachelors Degree from Trinity University and his Masters and Doctorate from Indiana University. Merritt is currently the Associate Professor of Composition at St. Olaf. This is the world premiere of Merritt’s Nativity after John Donne and is made possible due to a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at St. Paul Johnson High School and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are always welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a Minnesota-based nonprofit dedicated to serving the musical needs of Minnesotans, focusing on children, seniors and those with limited financial means. For more information about the Minnesota Sinfonia, upcoming concerts, programs or to donate call 612-871-1701 or visit www.mnsinfonia.org.

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 27,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors.

For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia: Drama – Piano Style featuring Inna Faliks, piano. Friday, April 10, 7 p.m. at Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade Street, St. Paul; Saturday, April 11 2 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis. Free. 612.871.1701. www.mnsinfonia.org
Minnesota Sinfonia
Carrie Knudsen Hendrickson
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