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October is “Piano Month” at the Spokane Symphony

Friday Sep 29, 2017 • Press Release

Featuring Guest Artist Ran Dank on Oct. 7 & 8 and Conrad Tao on Oct. 21 & 22

Special ticket offer by phone: Buy either concert, get the other one 20% off. 

October is “Piano Month” at the Spokane Symphony with two award-winning, internationally known guest artists: Ran Dank on October 7 and 8, and Conrad Tao on October 21 and 22. For people who love piano, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox is the place to be in October.

Israeli-born Ran Dank will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on Saturday October 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. at the “Beethoven and Dvořák” concerts, with Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara conducting the Spokane Symphony at the theater. This is Dank’s first visit to Spokane.

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 demands astounding technique and imagination. Pianist Ran Dank is up for the challenge. He won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009, and made his New York recital debut at Merkin Hall that year. He was a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition, the Sydney International Piano Competition and first prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

The “Beethoven and Dvořák” concert also includes the Spokane Symphony playing Fujikura’s “Banitza Groove!” and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6. This concert weekend is sponsored by The Johnston-Fix Foundation.

Piano Month continues with “Tales of Tragedy,” when Conrad Tao returns to Spokane to perform Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the most challenging of the piano repertoire, on October 21 at 8 p.m. and October 22 at 3 p.m. Music Director Eckart Preu conducts the Spokane Symphony in this weekend of concerts that also includes Franck’s “The Accursed Huntsman,” Strauss’ “Macbeth,” and “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” (Tao was in Spokane three years ago at age 20 with the Spokane Symphony, performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos in one weekend.)

Tao, 23, has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. In 2011 the White House and Department of Education named him a presidential scholar in the arts. Also that year, he was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years to the most promising young American pianists. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

“Tales of Tragedy” is sponsored by Merrill O’Brien, and the guest artist is sponsored by the Mary Jewett Gaiser Fund of the Spokane Symphony Endowment.

Ticket Information: Special offer by phone only: Buy one of the “Piano Month” concerts, and get the other 20% off. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Avenue, or by calling (509) 624-1200, online at www.spokanesymphony.org and at all TicketsWest outlets.

For more information, please contact Alison Highberger, Public Relations Manager, Spokane Symphony, (509) 842-2943, alisonhighberger@spokanesymphony.org

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