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April 08, 2011
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Serebryany Performs for Final Huntingdon Concert of the Spring

Vadim Serebryany

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College assistant professor of music Dr. Vadim Serebryany  will perform for the final concert in the Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series for the 2010–2011 academic year Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  He will be joined by special guests Liana Gourdjia and Laura Usiskin, the Violin and Cello Fellows, respectively, of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.  They will perform music by the composers Haydn and Beethoven, including the beloved "Moonlight" Sonata.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Pianist Vadim Serebryany's exciting performances have won critical acclaim throughout North America, Europe, Canada, South America, Australia, and Japan, where he completed his fifth consecutive recital tour last summer. Just prior to the beginning of the fall semester, Dr. Serebryany was part of a chamber music festival in Hiroshima, Japan, performing with top musicians from orchestras around the world. Dr. Serebryany holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Yale University. He is completing his third year on the faculty at Huntingdon College and performs regularly with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Cellist Laura Usiskin's solo, chamber, and orchestral performances have taken her throughout the United States and Europe, including the Kennedy Center; the Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Siena, Italy; Boston’s Symphony Hall; and numerous New York venues. Her leadership and orchestral abilities have been recognized throughout her career, most notably as sitting principal cellist on Juilliard’s USA orchestra tour in 2006. She was also a member of the New Haven Symphony from 2008 to 2010.

Violinist Liana Gourdjia has been acclaimed for her “astonishingly pure tone, artistry and bewitching lyricism.” At age 6 she appeared on Moscow television as a rising star and has since performed recitals in many prestigious venues throughout Russia, including the Great Hall and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Philharmonic Hall in Saint-Petersburg. Some of her performance highlights include concerts in the Vatican for Pope Jean Paul II and for UNESCO in Paris. Liana Gourdjia became a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Artists in Sendai, Japan, at age 14, and subsequently appeared numerous times on television and radio programs.

The Cheek Concert Series is funded by Ben F. Cheek III and his family in memory of Huntingdon alumna Elizabeth Belcher Cheek.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. A coeducational liberal arts college, Huntingdon's motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."  The Huntingdon Department of Music offers majors in Music and P–12 Music Education and a concentration in worship leadership. The Huntingdon Academy of Music offers private music lessons for pupils of all ages.

For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.


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