Concert Dates

The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series

30th Anniversary Season

“Rhapsody in Blue”
March 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Peace United Church
900 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Dr. Raffi Besalyan, pianist

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Raffi BesalynThis concert features well-known audience favorites in both classical and jazz. The Rhapsody in Blue is one of the most popular of all American concert works.  Besalyan will perform George Gershwin’s own glorious arrangement of the Rhapsody for piano solo, as well as Gershwin’s ever popular Three Preludes. He will also perform Rachmaninoff’s most popular work, the Prelude in C# minor, and other virtuosic works by Rachmaninoff and others.

Armenian-born American pianist Dr. Raffi Besalyan made his formal New York debut in Carnegie Hall after winning the Artists International Competition. Dr. Besalyan has won numerous international competitions, and dazzled his audiences in North and South America, Europe, Russia, and Asia.  Critics worldwide have lauded his performances: “A true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz” (Chopin Magazine, Japan), “A jaw-dropping performance” (Web Music Review, Japan), “A keyboard phenomenon” (Fanfare Magazine), “Technically brilliant” (New York Concert Review). In 2014, Dr. Besalyan joined the faculty of Georgia State University in Atlanta where he is currently Assistant Professor of Piano.

We are offering  free admission to a first-time attendee of a Distinguished Artists concert, when accompanied by a paying patron.

The concert will be preceded by a talk at 6:45 PM by Dr. John Orlando, “What to Listen For in Music.”

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