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Sergey Schepkin Joins Lexington Symphony March 24

The Russian-American pianist steps in for David Deveau in performance of Beethoven's 'Emperor Concerto' with the Lexington Symphony.

The following information was provided by the Lexington Symphony.

The is pleased to welcome the return of pianist Sergey Schepkin, who will perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” piano concerto on March 24, 2012 at 8 p.m. in .

Schepkin, who first played with the Lexington Symphony in 2007, steps in for David Deveau, who is suffering from Bell’s palsy. Deveau indicated that he has months of recovery time ahead of him. The Lexington Symphony expresses their best wishes for Deveau’s recovery and is delighted that Schepkin is available on such short notice.

A Russian-American pianist, Schepkin has performed across the globe, from the United States to Russia to Japan to New Zealand. He made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1993 to an enthusiastic reception from the audience and The New York Times, and has performed on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, Celebrity Series of Boston, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Schepkin studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Alexandra Zhukovsky and Grigory Sokolov. After his move to the US in 1990, he studied with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory (NEC). Since 1993, he has taught piano at the NEC Department of Preparatory and Continuing Education; since 2003, he has served as Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

On March 24, Schepkin performs Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto, the “Emperor” with the Lexington Symphony. This concerto had audiences on their feet when it was first performed in November 1811, and has been thrilling audiences ever since with its majestic and heroic grandeur. The orchestra will also perform Dvořák’s sublimely passionate Symphony No.7, which brings together the tragic drama of a great symphony and Dvořák’s unique Slavic rhythms.

Maestro Jonathan McPhee will present a conductor’s talk at 7 p.m. before the concert on March 24. 

And then on Sunday, March 25, in Cary Hall, the Lexington Symphony offers its bi-annual Kids’ Workshop and Concert – a kid-friendly version of an orchestral concert. Designed for children 4 years of age and up, this event brings music to kids in an up-close, hands-on way. Kids can try out the instruments of the orchestra and conduct their own group of players! The concert will feature Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, plus music by Nielsen, Dvořák, and more. Workshop at 2pm; Concert at 3pm.

Lexington Symphony is a group of dedicated professional musicians who share a passion for music and for exacting standards of performance. The symphony is directed by Maestro Jonathan McPhee, one of the leading musical figures in New England. The symphony season runs from September through June with six ticketed concerts, community outreach programs, and a dedicated education program for the next generation of musicians, including the acclaimed program Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™.

Tickets available online at http://www.lexingtonsymphony.org, by phone at 781-523-9009, or in person at , 1838 Mass Ave., Lexington (cash/check only). Individual ticket prices for the March 24 concert are $50, $40, $30, $20 (student). Tickets for the March 25 Kids’ Workshop and Concert are $20 (adult) and $10 (children ages 4-12). Will-call tickets must be picked up at least 15 minutes prior to concert.

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