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Ames Town & Gown Presents Vadym Kholodenko on April 27

Vadym Kholodenko
Gold Medal Winner Van Cliburn Piano Competition
Friday April 27 at 7:30 pm
Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, ISU campus, Ames, Iowa
Tickets: $30.00 online at; at the door, or in advance in Ames at Rieman Music, Chocolaterie Stam and the ISU Music Department Office
STUDENTS FREE K-12 (College/University with ID, as room permits)

Vadym Kholodenko has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation, heralded for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Winner of the coveted gold medal and all special prizes at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, he is forging an international career throughout Europe, Asia, and North America to great acclaim. His program offers a stimulating tour through the development of piano writing over the late-18th to mid-20th centuries.

The Classical period is represented by Mozart’s Sonata in A minor, K. 310.  The sonata is one of Mozart’s most intense keyboard works and, incidentally, reveals the increased expressiveness made possible by advances in the design of pianofortes.

Beethoven’s Second Sonata exemplifies the early Romantic era.  It reveals a young composer proudly flexing his musical muscles.  Just as Mozart had done, Beethoven makes the most of the enhanced capabilities of improved pianos.

Representative of the Modern period, Prokofiev’s powerful Sixth Sonata was written when the composer was at the very top of his game.  Some commentators judge the work to be the best of Prokofiev’s nine sonatas; all others are content to place it among the top two or three.

Following the concert, the audience will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Kholodenko at a reception.

This concert is made possible in part by a gift from the Durbin & Zheng Family in support of classical music in Ames.

The 2017-18 Town & Gown concert season is presented in cooperation with the Iowa State University Department of Music and supported by a grant from the Commission on the Arts (COTA).

Anne Kimber, Publicist 515-291-4378,
Paula Forrest, Artistic Director 515-292-3891

Submitted by Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association

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