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Ukrainian pianist uplifts High Point crowd with classical music

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With dizzying fingers and unique musical interpretations, Ukrainian concert pianist Alina Kiryayeva will be heating up High Point Theatre’s new Steinway piano this week in association with High Point Community Concert Association, a non-profit that has presented professional artists to High Point for the last 82 years.

“In recent years they have presented classical, Celtic and jazz, but the primary focus has been classical music,” said High Point Theatre director David Briggs about the association, which is an affiliate of the High Point Arts Council. “They also have a history of presenting dance and big band performers.”

This week, the association is bringing Kiryayeva’s inspirational and uplifting classical notes to the stage. A Juilliard graduate, Kiryayeva is globally renowned for her command of the piano and her innovative compositions of uplifting, bright and inspiring classical music.

“She is a deftly skilled classical pianist,” Briggs said. “She brings an awesome array of emotion out of 88 keys and has a very pleasant stage presence.

“I was familiar with Alina from her showcase at NC Arts Market a few years ago. Coincidentally the folks at High Point Community Concert Association were also interested in her. She is a remarkable, award-winning pianist who also spends time discussing the music she plays, which helps put it in context.”

Before graduating from The Juilliard School of Music, Kiryayeva got her start early, performing her first solo recital when she was only 8 years old and her solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 11. Now, in addition to her native Ukraine, Kiryayeva has toured Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Japan and the United States. She has performed with the Kharkov State Philharmonic and State Opera Theatre Orchestras, The Imperial Valley Symphony orchestra and New York Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra. Her solo piano album “Sonatas,” which was released in 2013, was featured on 150th broadcast of “Women in Music” on CKWR Radio in Ontario, Canada.
She has won top prizes in several international piano competitions in the United States, including the Grace Welsh International Competition, and the California Young Artist International Competition. She was also honored by the Ukrainian President, Leonid Kravchuk, with the “State Award for Achievements in Arts.”

“Internationally hailed for her unique interpretations and keyboard mastery, Alina will take your breath away with her captivating stage presence and artistic energy,” Briggs said. “Whoever said classical music has to be stuffy has never attended a concert by this amazing piano virtuoso.”

Briggs commented that the association has also recently presented a few big band and dance concerts, but most of the theater’s professional events are music. “It’s important for us to present a wide variety of entertainment options, including classical, bluegrass, opera, popular, rock, etc. Alina Kiryayeva happens to fall in the classical realm.”

With so many musical performances in its history, the theater recently purchased a Steinway piano from High Point Community Concert Association. As part of the purchase it included one performance per year at the theatre that will showcase the Steinway, on which Kiryayeva will be performing.

Wanna go? Alina Kiryayeva will perform at High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point, Thursday, Oct. 6, for one show only. Tickets are $20-$25 for adults, $15 for students. For tickets call (336) 887-3001 or visit www.highpointtheatre.com. For more information on Kiryayeva, including a sampling of her work, visit www.alinakiryayeva.com.

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