Six internationally acclaimed performing artists come together in presenting a third annual gala concert, "The World Returns to Minot" April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The artists represent the 2010 grand prize winners of Sicily's prestigious IBLA International Competition held in Ragusa, Sicily each July.
On their concert tour, the performers will travel the United States with concerts in Virginia, New York and a debut performance in Carnegie Hall. Their first stop on this tour is at Minot State University where their stay will culminate with a public concert at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus.
Submitted Photos - - Performing in MSU’s third annual “The World Returns to Minot” concert, clockwise from top, are Alexander Panfilov, Maria Mannikko, Christopher Croise, Zuzana Simurdova, Rafal Luc and Sarkis Nazarov.
Some of the world's most demanding concert literature will be offered by these young artists, representing Russia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Poland and Germany. Three pianists will be featured: Alexander Panfilov from Russia, Zuzana Simurdova from the Czech Republic, and Maria Mannikko from Finland. Their literature includes the music of Prokofiev, Liszt, Granados, Chopin and Brahms.
Also featured will be a young Russian violinist, Sarkis Nazarov and German cellist, Christopher Croise. Their pieces will include works of Sarasate and Tchaikovsky.
Of special note is the virtuoso accordion playing of Polish musician, Rafal Luc. His selections include masterworks by Mendelssohn and many contemporary composers who specialize in writing for his instrument.
The performance is made possible through the support of the MSU Academic Affairs Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Music. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door and for advance purchase through the MSU Division of Music by calling 858-3185.