Friday, March 18, 2011

** NEWS FLASH** IMPORTANT CONCERT JUST ADDED: Hilary Hahn and Valentina Lisitsa to give special violin/piano recital Sunday, March 27 to support Japanese disaster relief

To purchase tickets to the Hilary Hahn/Valentina Lisitsa Japanese disaster relief concert Sunday, March 27 at  3PM, click the orange "Buy Tickets" tab on the homepage of Spivey Hall's website, (a per-ticket service charge applies), or call the Box Office at (678) 466-4200 for personal assistsance (no service charge).

Superstar violinist HILARY HAHN and brilliant pianist VALENTINA LISITSA to perform special concert for Japanese disaster relief at Clayton State University’s SPIVEY HALL – Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3 PM

Ticket sales to benefit Direct Relief International’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund

Morrow, Ga. (March 18, 2011): Grammy Award-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn and acclaimed Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa will perform a special benefit concert at Spivey Hall to raise funds for humanitarian aid to victims of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Forced to cancel a recital tour of Japan made impossible by the recent natural disasters, the artists have volunteered their time and talents to give a benefit concert, raising funds to meet the increasingly urgent needs of the Japanese people, who continue to endure extreme hardships.

The musicians’ Spivey Hall concert will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM, on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. Tickets for reserved seats are $75, available from the Spivey Hall Box Office, by telephone at (678) 466-4200, and online at (a service charge applies for online sales only). Proceeds will benefit the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts of Direct Relief International, which provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people victimized by disaster.

Hilary Hahn and Valentina Lisitsa, compelling musicians who played to a sold-out house for their most recent Spivey Hall appearance in February 2009, will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata in F major, plus additional works for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Prokofiev, and other composers. The program also features Hahn performing music by Johann Sebastian Bach for unaccompanied violin, and Lisitsa performing a solo piano work.

31-year-old violinist Hilary Hahn is a two-time Grammy Award winner celebrated for her probing interpretations, technical brilliance, and spellbinding stage presence. Extensive touring and acclaimed recordings over the past decade and a half have made Hahn (familiar to fame at a very young age) one of the most sought-after artists on the international concert circuit. She appears regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and on the most prestigious recital series in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and North and South America.

Described by critics as an "electrifying pianist", Ukrainian-born Valentina Lisitsa has been receiving rave reviews ever since her debut at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall. With her multi-faceted playing described as "dazzling", Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire. Taking a highly individual and fearless approach to every work she performs, she has been greeted by enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.

Both artists are well-known to Spivey Hall.  Hilary Hahn is a frequent and welcome guest with Atlanta's major music-presenting organizations, and Valentina Lisitsa has earned many fans from her regular appearances at Spivey Hall and elsewhere as a member of the Georgian Chamber Players.

More news about this concert soon!

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