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Bethlehem, Pa., April 25, 2008—Steinway artists Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo will perform at Moravian College on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Concert highlights will include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” and a Bartok’s “Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion,” during which the piano duo will be accompanied by James E. Barnes and Steven Mathiesen on percussion. Admission for this Steinway Spotlight Performance, sponsored by Moravian College Music Institute and Jacobs Music Company, are $15 for general admission, and $10 for senior citizens, students, and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office.
The musicianship of the American-French duo-pianists Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo has brought them consistent praise and recognition from critics and audiences. Their ensemble playing has led to winning top prizes at 5 international duo-piano competitions, including First Prize at the 2nd Murray Dranoff Two-Piano Competition in Miami (the only international competition of this kind in North America) and First Prize at the 7th Valentino Bucchi Duo Piano Competition of 20th Century Music in Rome, Italy.
Born far apart, in Latvia and France, the two met while studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Since then, the husband and wife team has been performing in recitals and as soloists with orchestras in major music centers of the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, Germany, the Baltic States, Scandinavia, and Russia. They have appeared in various international two-piano festivals in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Goldina and Loumbrozo have been heard on numerous American, French, Russian, and Latvian public radio stations, and on the BBC. They were seen on the ABC -TV network in the United States as well as on French and Russian National TV. The varied and extensive repertoire of the duo encompasses all major works for one piano, four hands, and two pianos. The pianists' interest extends to premiering new compositions and bringing to light rarely performed ones. This recording affirms their commitment to it.
Barnes is associate professor of music, chair of the Music Department, and director of Instrumental Music at Moravian College where he directs the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. For 18 years, Barnes was cimbalom soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Baltimore, Montreal, Atlanta, Toronto, and NHK (Tokyo) symphonies. Barnes guest conducts and adjudicates throughout the nation. He is a member of the National Band Association, College Band Directors Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, MENC, PMEA, and is the vice president of the Northeast Division of the College Orchestra Directors Association.
Mathiesen is a percussionist with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and is principal timpanist with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony and the Reading Symphony. He has performed as a soloist with the Binghamton Philharmonic and has also accompanied many professional entertainers in their appearances at area venues. Mathiesen has appeared on recordings with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the Princeton Singers.
Jacobs Music, a Philadelphia cultural institution first established in 1900 – the same year as the Philadelphia Orchestra – and a family owned and operated business, has taken a leading role in the Philadelphia music community. The company supports internationally renowned artists and regional music organizations including Moravian’s International Music Fraternity, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and countless universities and schools of music.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.