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Announcing our Virtual Concert Series!

We're still here for you!

 

We're not letting Covid 19 stop us from continuing to bring you beautiful classical music! We're pleased to announce our new virtual concert series for all to enjoy FREE! On the first Sunday of each month, we'll be featuring the artists who were originally scheduled to perform so you don't miss a thing!

This Month's Featured Artist

Claire Huangci

Every so often the Friends of Music Selection Committee gets “lucky” and discovers a talented artist just before his/her career blossoms and the artist becomes a “big name”.  In recent years, we chose violinist Nikki Chooi shortly before he was named the Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and we chose violinist Harumi Rhodes just before she was selected to join the very prestigious Takacs Quartet.  In both those cases, their appearances in Brookings had to be canceled to allow them to join their new organizations.  In 2019, we did it again, discovering a fabulous American pianist named Claire Huangci at a music festival in the Utah desert.  This was just before she was chosen for a highly regarded internship at Tonhalle Zurich under the eminent conductor Franz Welser-Möst.  She has since moved to Germany and performed all over Europe to great acclaim, and she is now represented by the same management company as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Valery Gergiev, and the London and Mariinsky Orchestras.  The good news this time is that Claire remains committed to perform in Brookings and will appear here on February 13, 2022.  Mark your calendars - you definitely will not want to miss that concert.

 

February 2022 is a long way off, so in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this virtual concert.

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Claire has produced many successful CD’s for the Berlin Classics label, which put out this introductory promotional video:
Her Chopin will transform you!
Who can resist a cycle of Rachmaninov preludes?
And here is a wonderful concert of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Gulda. 
Don’t miss the Gulda near the end (36:59); you’ll have to applaud, even in the privacy of your own virtual concert hall.