Alina Kiryayeva

October 10, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
Highland Park Community Church

Professional concert pianist and chamber musician Alina Kiryayeva is globally renowned for her potent command of the instrument, her unique interpretations and innovative programming. Just as much, she has been praised for enchanting audiences with philosophical insight and charismatic stage presence.

Ms. Kiryayeva has performed in more than a dozen countries, including her native Ukraine, the U.S., Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland and Japan. Venues & collaborations include the Kharkov State Philharmonic & State Opera Theatre Orchestras, Carnegie Hall, the Morse Recital Hall, the Concerto Takes Manhattan Series at Yamaha Hall, the Smithsonian Museum and Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.). She has also toured with the clarinetists Charles Neidich and Maksim Shtrykov, and counter-tenor Terry Barber, whom she will accompany on October 9th.

Kiryayeva gave her first solo recital at age 8 and her solo debut with orchestra at 11. She completed both Bachelor and Master degrees at The Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship. Her awards include First Prize winner of Italy's Senigallia International Competition, and top prizes in the Grace Welsh International Competition and the California Young Artist International Competition. Kiryayeva has been honored by Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, with the State Award for Achievements in Arts.

"Moving Pictures" piano program is a collection of the most exciting and colorful classical masterworks featured in famous movies and cartoons. Works by Liszt, Chopin and Beethoven have captivated and delighted audiences of all ages with her unique interpretations and captivating stage presence, as virtuosic fireworks of nearly unplayable piano transcriptions simply take listeners' breath away.

Familiar melodies bring to life such cinematographic masterpieces as "Immortal Beloved" and "Love Story," which featured Beethoven's Moonlight sonata. Also showcased is "Clair de Lune" by Debussy, from the 1940 soundtrack to "Larry Adler," and is still featured in contemporary movies (such as "Twilight"). And "Rhapsody" by Liszt will surely bring smiles to everybody remembering cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Tom the Cat.

Co-Sponsored by the Des & Carrie Bennion Family/The Bon Agency Insurance and KCWY. Partial funding is from the Schneider and the Grace Amspoker Funds in Wyoming Community Foundation - Casper, the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, and Natrona County School District No. 1.

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