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Symphonies host Krivchenia concerts

Renowned pianist Grisha Krivchenia will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday at Larchmont in Marietta and 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Estate in Parkersburg. The concerts will benefit the WVU Parkersburg Foundation with the West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg and the River Cities Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $75 per person and are available by calling 304 424-8000 extension 471. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Parkersburg Foundation with the West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg and the River Cities Symphony Orchestra will host acclaimed pianist Grisha Krivchenia at 6 p.m. Thursday at Larchmont in Marietta and 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Estate in Parkersburg.

Lauded as “the coolest classical musician around” by the Santa Fe Reporter, Krivchenia is a versatile artist whose performances and original compositions enthrall audiences throughout the Northern Hemisphere. He enjoys a busy performance schedule and his compositions are performed by professional ensembles worldwide.

Recent premieres have taken place in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Bucharest.

“We are honored to have Grisha Krivchenia return to the Mid-Ohio Valley to play at the Oakland Estate to benefit the WVU Parkersburg Foundation and the West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg. He is an exciting performer,” Becky Deem-McGinnis, WVU Parkersburg Foundation Board president, said.

Krivchenia completed his studies at Oberlin Conservatory where he studied piano with Sedmara Rutstein and composition with Jeffrey Mumford. In 2007, Krivchenia founded the music program at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor.

His solo piano and chamber music is published by Abundant Silence Publishing and CCC Music Co.

“It is always very special when somebody, born and raised in the area, returns to share their extraordinary talent. Grisha, as well as being a highly talented pianist of the classics, is also a talented composer,” said David Dernberger, owner of Larchmont.

The venues make the concerts special, Dernberger said. Both homes were built in the second quarter of the 19th century and have similar floor plans, he said.

The audience is limited to about 35 people at each concert because of the size of the double drawing rooms where the performances will be staged, Dernberger said.

“These are home concerts,” he said.

Dernberger characterizes the concerts as “classical homes and classical music.” Krivchenia will perform work by Bach, Schubert, Beethoven and Lizts, including Beethoven’s “Sonata,” “Opus 110,” Lizt’s “Funerailles” and original compositions.

The intimate nature of the settings will lend to the ambiance of the performances, Dernberger said.

Tickets are $75 per person.

Grisha takes a special interest in using art to amplify voices that might otherwise go unheard. He writes music in collaboration with hospice patients, veterans, and recovering addicts and recently completed a song cycle based on interviews with Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

The concerts will benefit the WVU Parkersburg Foundation, River Cities Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg. For tickets, contact Olivia Reeder at 304-424-800 ext. 471.

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