Two star musicians familiar to Atlanta audiences, violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa, were set to start a long-planned tour of Japan when the earthquake and tsunami and cascading disasters struck a week ago.
The duo decided to do something about it. They’ll perform a benefit concert at Spivey Hall, the jewel-box recital venue south of downtown Atlanta, to raise money for humanitarian aid. They’ll volunteer their services for the occasion. Proceeds will go to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts of Direct Relief International, which provides medical assistance to victims of disasters.
The concert will take place Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in the concert hall on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow. Tickets for reserved seats are $75, available from Spivey’s box office: 678-466-4200 or www.spiveyhall.org.
From the message sent by Spivey Hall Artistic Director Sam Dixon:
Hilary Hahn [at left] and Valentina Lisitsa, compelling musicians who played to a sold-out house for their most recent Spivey Hall appearance in February 2009, will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata in F major, plus additional works for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Prokofiev and other composers. The program also features Hahn performing music by Johann Sebastian Bach for unaccompanied violin, and Lisitsa performing a solo piano work.
31-year-old violinist Hilary Hahn is a two-time Grammy Award winner celebrated for her probing interpretations, technical brilliance and spellbinding stage presence. Extensive touring and acclaimed recordings over the past decade and a half have made Hahn, familiar to fame at a very young age, one of the most sought-after artists on the international concert circuit. She appears regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and in the most prestigious recital series in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and North and South America.
Described by critics as an “electrifying pianist,” Ukrainian-born Valentina Lisitsa has been receiving rave reviews ever since her debut at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall. With her multi-faceted playing described as “dazzling,” Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire. Taking a highly individual and fearless approach to every work she performs, she has been greeted by enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.
Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, an intimate, elegant 392-seat hall, is renowned for its superb acoustics that inspire musicians and audiences alike. Since opening its doors in 1991, it has presented hundreds of performances by the most distinguished classical, jazz and world-music artists, often reaching millions of listeners in nationwide public-radio broadcasts, earning Spivey Hall an international reputation for artistic excellence. Spivey Hall’s educational outreach programs, including the award-winning Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program, serve more than 16,000 schoolchildren each season.