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April 25, 2014

Moscow pianist joins VSO concert

VALDOSTA — Dazzling world-renowned pianist Katia Skanavi will perform with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra during the final concert of its 24th season, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Valdosta State University’s Whitehead Auditorium.

Born in Moscow, Skanavi “is prized for her command of a rich and vivid tonal palette and a virtuosity that is allied to intuitive and thoughtful interpretation,” according to the April 2014 issue of Symphony Notes. She is known to impress “audiences, critics, and fellow performers alike with her vibrant pianism and sensitive musicality.”

During Saturday’s VSO concert, Skanavi will perform as featured soloist on Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21.

“She made quite a splash with her Valdosta solo recital years ago,” noted Dr. Howard Hsu, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra conductor, “so we wanted to have her come back and play with the VSO.”

Themed “The Free Will,” the season-ending concert lineup will also feature music by Johannes Brahms, his “Hungarian Dance” No. 5 and his Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90.

 “Even though I love all of the Brahms symphonies, the third is probably my favorite,” explained Hsu. “It is undeniably a tough nut to crack, but I know that it will provide a fitting ending to our 24th season.”

Tickets are $27 for adults and $10 for students with valid identification.

A discount will be given to university faculty and staff, as well as to senior citizens and military personnel. Reservations are required.

A special youth concert featuring the “free-spirited” Brahms Third Symphony, the “brilliant” Chopin Second Piano Concerto, and the “dazzling” Skanavi will be held at 10 a.m. today, also in Whitehead Auditorium.

 More information, reservations: Visit or contact Sarah Alexander with VSU’s College of Arts Outreach Office at (229) 333-2150 or

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