Ask those who know and they will tell you that the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas was established by and for people who love piano music. In fact, it is that love which drives the members of the group toward four principle goals:
- To make the music of Chopin dear to the heart of all Texans;
- To provide a venue for renowned pianists to perform in our area;
- To create more opportunities for our community to hear live piano performances;
- To give the students in our schools access to free lecture recitals and master classes by visiting artists.
This Friday, the Society will have their yearly Gala Opus 18, featuring pianist Yuka Mikata, and International Concert Pianist Dzmitry Ulasiuk and International Concert Violinist Oleg Larshin.
Yuka Mikata was raised in Kyoto, Japan, and has studied in both Japan and Russia. She teaches piano with a mix of both Japanese and Russian methods for younger generations, and is currently associated with the MAD Theatre in Harlingen, Texas as a composer, and also serves as the competition director for NOVYI International Music.
Dzmitry Ulasiuk is emerging on the American scene after winning over audiences in Europe with an ability to seemingly coax every detail, every note, every lyrical phrase out of a keyboard.
Oleg Larshin is a Russian violinist based in Dallas. Trained in Moscow, he possess the flawless technique and the beautiful sound typical of the Russian school.
The Gala Opus 18 will take place at the Corpus Christi Country Club (6300 Everhart Rd.) For information and reservations (required), call (361) 854-6807.
Tickets are $125 per person for non-members, $100 per person for members, and $65 for students.
To learn more about the group, visit www.fryderykchopinsocietyoftexas.org.