San Diego – Oct. 10, 2014 – Classical pianist virtuoso, Lola Astanova, will bring her unique style, emotional depth and dramatic stage presence to the San Diego Symphony for three weekend performances, Oct. 24-26, 2014, including OPUS 2014, the Symphony’s black-tie gala on Saturday, Oct. 25. Astanova’s unique blend of effortless technical skill makes her one of the most dynamic and sought-after pianists performing today.
On Friday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 26, Astanova will be featured as a guest artist in the Jacob Masterworks concerts, Chopin and Dvorák, where she presents Frederic Chopin’s youthful and simmering Piano Concerto No. 2. She is the guest artist of the Park Foundation 2014-2016 Tour. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit the San Diego Symphony website or call 619-235-0804.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, Astanova will be the featured guest soloist of the San Diego Symphony’s OPUS Gala 2014. The Rat-Pack Era themed event celebrates the Greatest Generation while featuring some of the world’s most influential composers such as Bernstein, Bizet, and Rachmaninoff. Astanova will perform at the 8 p.m. concert, and will also appear at a private, post-concert reception at the University Club atop Symphony Towers.
The three performances will feature the San Diego Symphony’s Music Director, Jahja Ling. Astanova and Ling have consistently collaborated over the past two years and continued performing alongside each other during their concert in San Diego with the San Diego Symphony and during her headlining performance at the prestigious Lincoln Center with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Most recently, Ling and Astanova performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. The orchestra, which was also led by conductor Jahja Ling, performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the renowned pianist to rave reviews. Performing for the sixth time together, Astanova and Ling took their talents to the historic Civic Theatre in New Orleans to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for its annual fundraising gala, titled Fabergé Opus Ball.
In January 2012, Astanova debuted at Carnegie Hall which represented a profound tribute to her Romantic roots with a special “Tribute to Horowitz” performance. The concert, chaired by Donald Trump and hosted by Julie Andrews, featured Astanova who delivered a triumphant performance in front of a sold out crowd. Following this event, Astanova received the distinguished Horowitz Award and was invited to perform with the legendary pianist Byron Janis during his Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony at the Lincoln Center.
Other notable artistic collaborations include Astanova’s headlining show at the star-studded opening of Europe’s mega yacht destination, Porto Montenegro to a capacity crowd. Following this world-class event, Astanova was invited to perform with the prestigious All-Star Orchestra, an all-star cast of players from America’s leading symphony orchestra. Astanova’s collaboration with Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the All-Star Orchestra will culminate in a PBS special that will air on national television later this year. Astanova has consistently collaborated with conductor Gerard Schwarz throughout the past year. She brought her emotional depth and dramatic stage presence to Brisbane, Australia for a night of symphonic enchantment at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and was accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz. She then took her talents to the world-class Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and was accompanied by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, was again with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz.
On Oct. 5, Astanova had the privilege of kicking off the “Grand Season Opening’ of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) under the direction of music director and conductor Eduardo Marturet. She gave a performance that not only honored the artistry of the keyboard, but also honored its foundation in orchestral repertoire that is seldom witnessed live in the concert hall. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was the place to see and be seen in Miami Sunday night, as over 2000 spectators gathered to hear Lola perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagainini with the Miami Symphony Orchestra. The soloist and the ensemble recently offered an encore performance of the Rachmaninoff concerto at an invitation-only concert at the Trump National Doral Club. The concert marked an inaugural performance since the iconic Miami club has undergone a $100 million renovation.
Using YouTube and other new media tools to communicate with her fans, Astanova has singlehandedly defined what it means to be a modern-day virtuoso. She is known for outwardly expressing beauty both through wardrobe (fashion and style) and performance and can play almost any song by ear, from complex pieces like Rachmaninoff to pop music by Rihanna. Through her videos, many have discovered the music of Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff for the first time. Her original virtuoso transcriptions of popular music have become a YouTube sensation. Astanova unveiled a pure, personal and honest 12-part YouTube series, “La Musique et L’Ardeur” that brings the audience closer to the artist and the music than any other project ever attempted on YouTube.
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San Diego Symphony’s OPUS Gala 2014
Chairs: Helene and George Gould
Honorary Chairs: The Honorable Kevin L. Faulconer and Katherine Faulconer
San Diego Symphony
Jahja Ling, conductor
Lola Astanova, piano
Saturday, Oct. 25
5 p.m.: VIP Cocktail Hour
6 p.m.: Dinner
8 p.m.: Concert
9:30 p.m.: Post-concert ‘Mingle ‘til Midnight’
Jacobs Music Center – Copley Symphony Hall
750 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101
OPUS Gala 2014 activities: The University Club atop Symphony Towers
Concert tickets only: $30-$80
OPUS Gala 2014 packages: $250 and $1,250
Box Office: 619.235.0804
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Bizet: L’Arlésienne: Excerpts from Suite 1 and 2
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini