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Pianists to perform in Ross Scholarship Benefit Concerts

ETSU Amphitheatre

JOHNSON CITY (June 26, 2013) – Two internationally known pianists will perform in the sixth annual LaFaye Vickers Ross Scholarship Benefit Concert Series at East Tennessee State University. 

These concerts, which will begin at 7 p.m. in Mathes Hall on Sunday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 9, will be held in conjunction with ETSU’s Summer Piano Camp.  Proceeds will provide scholarship assistance for qualified students attending the camp. 

On July 7, Dr. Olga Kleiankina will play works by Debussy and Ravel, as well as Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

A professor of music at North Carolina State University, Kleiankina has received numerous awards and prizes for performance, accompanying, chamber music, jazz and composition.  She has presented numerous lectures, lecture-recitals and master classes at international events, including the 2008 Music Teachers National Association Conference in Denver and the 2011 College Music Conference in Richmond, Va.

Kleiankina received degrees from St. Neaga College of Music in Kishinev, Moldova, and the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She earned a master of music degree from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Michigan.

The second concert in the series on July 9 will feature Dr. Kevin Class, the Summer Piano Camp’s second guest artist, along with Kleiankina and other ETSU Summer Piano Camp faculty and guest artists, including Dr. Chih-Long Hu, Dr. Heather Killmeyer, Karen Smith and Jerilyn Paolini. 

Class is director of collaborative piano and music director/conductor of the Opera Theatre at the University of Tennessee.  Born in Belgium, Class performs regularly in many of the world’s major concert venues, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.  For several years, he has held extended residencies in Asia, where he leads master classes and workshops for pianists, accompanists, singers and conductors. 

The Tuesday evening program features vocal, chamber and two-piano works, including a performance by Hu and Kleiankina of Saint-Saens’ two-piano work “Carnival of the Animals.”

This Benefit Concert Series is sponsored by the Dr. James A. Ross Family.  Receptions following each concert are sponsored by The Fresh Market of Johnson City; Johnson City’s Kroger stores on State of Franklin Road and Sunset Drive; and Food City on South Roan Street in Johnson City. 

Tickets, which are $15 per concert ($10 for students and seniors), or $25 for both concerts, will be available at the door or in advance by calling the ETSU Department of Music at (423) 439-4276.  Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance may call that same number to make arrangements.