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Miami Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with Russian-American Pianist Lola Astanova

Miami Symphony Orchestra: Gran Season Opening Featuring Russian-American Pianist Lola Astanova
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The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Eduardo Marturet announced the launch of its 2014/2015 season honoring the artistry of the keyboard and its foundation in orchestral repertoire, with unique and rarely performed works seldom witnessed live in the concert hall.

A spectacular season of eight programs commences with the “Grand Season Opening” on October 5 conducted by Maestro Marturet, and featuring the dynamic Russian-American pianist Lola Astanova. Born in the former Soviet Union, Lola’s journey in music began at the age of six when her natural gift for music was instantly obvious, appearing as a performer and achieving her first international note before she turned twelve. Her effortless power, speed and precision, combined with emotional depth and lyricism earned Lola quick acclaim, but her promising young career had little chance to evolve in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, so she made a decision to move to America and start everything anew. Using YouTube and other new media tools to communicate with her millions of fans, Astanova has singlehandedly defined what it means to be a modern-day virtuoso.

Her passion for performing, reminiscent of the Romantic age virtuosi, remains Lola’s greatest love, and with a direct pianistic lineage back to Liszt, the dazzling young pianist has perfected a riveting style that hearkens back to the old masters. Considered by some to be among the most watched virtuoso performers in the world, Astanova brings an unforgettable evening of expressive and technically challenging works to the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

Sponsored by Park Foundation, Astanova’s riveting and deeply emotional style embodies Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in a program that also features Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage as well as Brahms’ masterful First Symphony, declared “the greatest symphony since Beethoven’s Ninth.” Tickets range from $34-119, and for more information please visit www.themiso.org or call (305) 275-5666.