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Pianist Joins Danbury Symphony Orchestra For WestConn Concert

Pianist Claudia Knafo
Pianist Claudia Knafo Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Danbury Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert Saturday at Western Connecticut State University's Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in Danbury.

Pianist Claudia Knafo will solo with the orchestra on Bach's F minor Concerto, as well as Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires," arranged by composer Alexander Yagupsky.

The orchestra will also play Mexican composer Silvestre Revuelta’s epic "La Noche de los Mayas."

Ariel Rudiakov, music director and conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, will conduct.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Knafo, a New York City resident, has captivated audiences here and abroad with her distinctive programming and her passionate artistry.

A winner of the 1993-94 Artists International Competition,  Knafo was presented in her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1995.

She has received critical acclaim for her “fiery and passionate approach to the piano” and “for her luscious sonority and definitive execution of technical complexities,” according to her website.

Revuelta's "La Noche de los Mayas" originally served as the soundtrack to a 1939 film of the same name. The piece is notable for its extraordinary percussion section, which features, alongside more traditional symphonic instruments, exotic ones such as rattles, conch shells and log drums, the release said.

The concert, sponsored by Peg Heetmann, will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Danbury Music Centre – (203)-748-1716 or dmc@danburymusiccentre.org – or visit danburymusiccentre.org.

Veronica Hagman Concert Hall is a part of WestConn's Visual and Performing Arts Center on the westside campus at 43 Lake Ave. Ext. in Danbury.

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