Dedicated to the memory of John Slifko
Join us for an enchanting afternoon of beautiful music and art. This recital brings together the sensitive sound of the flute (Anastasia Petanova) with the powerful resonance of the piano (James Lent). An exceptional program of brilliant and rarely performed pieces was created uniquely for this event. Enjoy this concert set in a painter’s studio (Zhenya Gershman) surrounded by inspirational music and canvases followed by an intimate reception with the artists.
Otar Taktakishvili, (1924 - 1989)
Sonata for Flute and Piano
I. Allegro cantabile
II. Aria. Moderato con moto
III. Allegro scherzando
Ernst von Dohnányi, (1877 - 1960)
Vladimir Tsybin, (1877 - 1949)
About the artists
Pianist Dr. James Lent is lecturer and coordinator of Instrumental Collaborative Piano at UCLA in addition to serving as a coach and accompanist for vocal studies. James completed his DMA at the Yale School of Music under teachers Boris Berman, Claude Frank, and Peter Frankl. He made his Alabama Symphony debut to critical acclaim performing Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 on 24 hours' notice to replace Andre Watts. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony, among others, and as solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he premiered a new work written for him by American composer Frederic Rzewski.
Mr. Lent has performed with the renowned Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, and his performances have been heard on National Public Radio. His numerous awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center, the Olga Koussevitsky Piano Competition in New York, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition.
Described by American composer John Corigliano as “a virtuoso and a sensitive artist,” flutist Anastasia Petanova is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s of Music and Artist Diploma studying with Marina Piccinini. A winner of numerous prizes and awards, Ms. Petanova has performed extensively as recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Russia, countries of the former Soviet Union, Europe, U.S.A. and Canada. Concert venues include Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tonhalle in Zurich, Max Joseph Zaal in Munich, Toronto Center for the Arts, Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Bolshoi Theatre, The Phillips Collection, and many others. Ms. Petanova has served as an adjunct professor of flute at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and as adjunct faculty at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA under Denis Bouriakov.
Ms. Petanova plays on a flute that has been generously awarded and given to her by maestro Vladimir Spivakov in 2004.
Suggested donation $25 (tax deductible)
limited seating: 40 guests