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Pianist to perform at Pioneer Center

Provided to the TribunePianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform in concert Feb. 24 and Feb. 26 at the Pioneer Performing Center in Reno.

Van Cliburn winner pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 for the fifth concert in the Reno Philharmonic MasterClassics series. The concerts, which also will feature Beethoven’s “Lenore” No. 3 and the evocative “Pines of Rome” from Respighi, will take place at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno.

Admission starts at $26, with discounts available to seniors. Tickets are available through the Reno Philharmonic box office at McKinley Arts and Culture Center, over the phone at (775) 323-6393, or online at http://www.RenoPhil.com. Students can apply for rush seating a half-hour before the performance and must bring valid student ID if older than 16.

A native of California, Nakamatsu claimed a place on the international musical scene in June 1997, earning the gold medal of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. A former high school German teacher, he became a star in classical music overnight.

When Nakamatsu performed in Reno in 2004, Jack Neal wrote: “He brings a sensational technique to the concerto’s extensive demands but never lapses into mere keyboard athletics. His playing does dazzle, however. It also touches the heart, and that’s exactly as it should be.”

Named Debut Artist of the Year (1998) by NPR’s “Performance Today,” Nakamatsu has been the subject of profiles by “CBS Sunday Morning” and Reader’s Digest magazine and is featured in “Playing With Fire,” a documentary about the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition that aired nationwide on PBS.

In 1995, he was the first-prize winner of Miami’s fifth U.S. Chopin Piano Competition. Nakamatsu records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA, which has released four CDs, the most recent of which contains performances of Rachmaninoff’s “Third Piano Concerto” and “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” with Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Patrons can join Barry Jekowsky, music director, a half-hour before each performance for “A Preview from the Podium.” This preconcert talk is free for all ticket-holders in the auditorium at the Pioneer Center. Jekowsky talks about the works the orchestra will perform and their composers.

For more information, log onto http://www.RenoPhil.com or call the RPA business office at (775) 323-6393.

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