Symphony to feature pianist

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The Topeka Symphony will present music by Bach, Saint-Saëns, and Shostakovich on Saturday in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus.  The 7:30 p.m. program will be led by the Topeka Symphony’s new conductor, Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature guest artist Jon Nakamatsu playing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2.

The concert will open with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D Major, followed by Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Nakamatsu. After intermission, the concert will conclude with Symphony No. 1 by Shostakovich.

Nakamatsu won the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition amidst a field of experienced competition with his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.  In 1999, he performed at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

Season ticket packages for three or four remaining concerts for the 2013-14 season are available and start at $63.  New subscribers who purchase at least three concerts receive 50% off the regular subscription price.  A Flex Pass, good for any combination of four admissions, also is available for $118.  Single tickets for this concert are $34, $29 and $24, with full-time students half price. 

At 6:30 p.m., Pickett will present a “Concert Conversation” about the evening’s program which is free to ticket holders.

To order tickets or for more information, contact the Symphony office at 785-232-2032.  Information is also available on the Symphony website http://www.topekasymphony.org.









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