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Bulgarian pianist makes American debut in Martinez

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 1:00am  |  Updated: January 4, 2012 - 5:34am

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The Columbia County Chamber Orchestra’s inaugural performance Saturday will feature a Bulgarian pianist making her first tour of America.

After seeing 17-year-old Lili Bogdanova in a YouTube video, the Columbia County Orchestra Association invited the pianist from Sofia, Bulgaria, to play here, said association Executive Director Rob Nordan.

The concert will be the North American debut for Bogdanova, who primarily has performed in Europe, Nordan said.

During Bogdanova’s three-week stay, she also is scheduled to play at area churches and schools.

Augusta State University music professors Laura Tomlin, Kelly Odell, Barry Garman and Carl Purdy are some of the local professionals scheduled to play during the concert.

“We wanted to give locals a chance (and) give folks faces they recognize,” Nordan said of the lineup of musicians.

Works the orchestra will be performing include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as parts of Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 5.

General admission tickets cost $10. Children, students, current and retired military, and music educators are admitted free.

Concert organizers recommend reserving tickets due to limited seating.

The concert will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at Genesis Church, 470 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez.

For information, call Nordan at (706) 755-5849 or visit the association’s Web site at www.columbiacco.org.

 

IF YOU GO

What: Pianist Lili Bogdanova with the Columbia County Chamber Orchestra

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Genesis Church, 470 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez

Cost: $10, with children, students, military and music educators free

More: Call (706) 755-5849 or go to www.columbiacco.org

 

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