April 16, 2018

CONTACT:    Mila Abbasova, 806-651-2844, mabbasova@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s School of Music to Present Russian Music Festival


CANYON, Texas—The School of Music at West Texas A&M University will present special guest pianist Anastasia Dedik, faculty artist Evgeny Zvonnikov and the WTAMU Symphony Orchestra with Dr. Mark Bartley in a Russian Music Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on campus.

The first half of the festival will feature the WTAMU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Mark Bartley, in a premier performance of musical illustrations to the novel The Snowstorm by A. Pushkin and composed by Georgi Sviridov.

Anastasia DedikThe second half of the festival will feature Dedik with violin solo by Zvonnikov in a program of Russian works. Musical selections will include the concert suite, The Nutcracker, featuring “March,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Andante Maestoso” and “Trepak.” The duo also will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Meditation Op. 42” and Prokofiev’s “Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in D Major”. The Russian Music Festival is sponsored by the WTAMU Guest Artist Series and the School of Music.

Dedik, who is a member of the faculty at Gracias School of Music at Mahanaim, has performed as a soloist or chamber musician on stages around the world. She has performed at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as with orchestras from Fort Worth to San Jose. She has won numerous awards including the Governor of Saint Petersburg Award for Achievements in Arts, the Harold and Helene Schonberg Piano Scholarship and Susan W. Rose Fellowship at the Juilliard School in NeEvgeny Zvonnikovw York City. She also has received countless prizes from international piano competitions and is a founding member of The Prima Trio, an ensemble that won the grand prize at the Fischoff International Piano Competition. She also has several recordings to her credit and has been described as “flawless and memorable” by New York Concert Artist Review.

Zvonnikov joined the Harrington String Quartet in 2017 and is a lecturer of the violin at WTAMU. He received his music degree at Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia and has performed with orchestras from Russia to Mexico City. He has taught master classes, collaborated with top musicians and won several international competitions. He is a founding member of The Orfeo Trio with pianist Julie Bees and cellist Leonid Shukaev.

Mark BartleyBartley joined the faculty at WTAMU in 2006 as director of orchestral activities. He has conducted professional orchestras from Romania and China to Portugal to South Korea as well as ensembles and the Amarillo Youth Orchestra. As a faculty member at WTAMU, Bartley has taken groups on tours across the state of Texas as well as a European tour with performances in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. He is an active clinician works with teachers, aspiring conductors and student ensembles across the country.

Tickets to the Russian Music Festival are priced at $10 each or free to those with WTAMU Buffalo Gold Card. For more information, call the WTAMU music office at 806-651-2840 or contact Mila Abbasova, festival chair, at mabbasova@wtamu.edu.



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