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An Evening of Classical Favorites 
with Rouben Aivazowsky and Galina Konareva

New York, New York - The Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council announces "An Evening of Classical Favorites", a special concert event organized by The Russia Society featuring the great Armenian concert pianist Rouben Aivazowsky and Galina Konareva, Soprano, on Thursday, May 27, 2004 at the Kosciuszko Foundation Hall in New York City. The artists will perform a selection of Bach, Mozart, Stradella, Pergolesi, Marcello, Scarlatti, Schubert, Schuman, Boito, Mascagni, Chopin, Gounod, Rachmaninoff.

Rouben Aivazowsky is one of the world's greatest living concert pianists. He earned an M.A. in Piano Performance from the State Conservatory, Yerevan, Armenia and a Ph.D. from the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. His first teacher was the renowned Rose Levinson-Shaiman, a pupil of Blumenfeld and teacher of Vladimir Horowitz.

Over the course of his career, which spans 30 years, Rouben Aivazowsky has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras including the national orchestras of Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Azerbaijan. In addition to his numerous appearances as concerto soloist, Rouben Aivazowsky has performed solo recitals, won prestigious competitions including the Vianna Da Motta Competition in Lisbon, appeared in chamber music performances with colleagues, and has taught at the Special Music School of Armenia, the Armenian State Conservatory, and the State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg. Rouben Aivazowsky now is a resident of New York City and continues an active performing and teaching career.

Critical acclaim for Mr. Aivazowsky's performances includes:

"...the pianist brilliantly performed Tchaikowsky's Piano Concerto, which was played with emotion and passion while at the same time demonstrating his versatile technical skills." -- Avantgarde Magazine

"...the audience warmly greeted the pianist who had shown his brilliant identity and unique talents:" -- Diario da Noticias, Portugal

"...he shows an excellent grasp of many musical styles with his outstanding performance of the Prelude and Fugue by Bach, Beethoven Sonata #3, Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody and Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse." -- Musical Life, Moscow

There is no charge for the concert, but please RSVP so that we may arrange for appropriate seating. RSVP to: Tom Nugent at (212) 628-4843 or twnugent@earthlink.net. For further information, contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council, by phone: 215.708.2628, email: val@ma-rbc.org.

Thursday, May 27, 2004
15 East 65th Street
New York City


Part I

F.B. Busoni
1. "Nun komm' der heiden Heiland"
2. "Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr"
D. SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Four Sonatas
W.A. MOZART (1756-1791) Fantasia c-moll
R. SCHUMANN (1810-1856) 1. "Arabesce", Opus 18
2. "Kindersszenen", Opus 15
C. DEBUSSY (1862-1918) "Nocturne"
F. CHOPIN (1810-1849) Two Waltzes
Nocturne dis-moll

Part II 
R. SCHUMANN (1810-1856) "Woman's Love and Life" , Opus 42
1. Since seeing him I think I'm blind
2. He is the most wonderful of all
3. I can not grasp it, believe it
4. The Ring on my finger
5. Help me, sisters
6. Sweet friend you look at me in wonder
7. At my heart, at my breast you are my delight, my joy
8. Now you have caused me my first pain
A. STRADELLA (1645?-1682?) "Pieta, Signore"
G.B. PERGOLESI (1710-1736) "Se tu m'ami"
B. MARCELLO (1686-1739) "Il mio bel foco"
A. SCARLATTI (1639-1725) "Violette"
"Ave Maria"
P. MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Santuzza,s aria from "Cavaleria rusticana"
A. BOITO (1842-1918) Margarita's aria from "Mephistopheles"
F. SCHUBERT (1797-1828) "Serenade"
S. RAKHMANINOFF (1873-1943) "Do not sing, my Beauty"
F. CHOPIN (1810-1849) "The Wish"


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