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George Fox University presents Bösendorfer Artist Valentina Lisitsa

George Fox, a Christian university of the liberal arts and sciences, and professional studies, in Oregon, is listed among the top 100 colleges in the United States in Forbes’ 2009-10. They are now presenting the Fourth Annual Bösendorfer Artist Series.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Valentina Lisitsa will visit George Fox University for the fourth annual Bösendorfer Artist Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Bauman Auditorium at the university’s Newberg, Ore., campus.

The performance, which will feature all 24 of Chopin’s Etudes, marks a return to Oregon for Lisitsa, who performed to sold-out audiences in Portland and Salem two years ago.

Bösendorfer Artist Valentina Lisitsa will play all 24 of Chopin’s Etudes.

Bösendorfer Artist Valentina Lisitsa will play all 24 of Chopin’s Etudes.

Lisitsa also will host a master class for George Fox music majors - www.georgefox.edu - students Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium. The class is free and open to the public.

Lisitsa has toured throughout Europe, Japan, South America and North America. She has collaborated with the Sao Paulo Symphony, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony, and has performed with the likes of Lynn Harrell, Jimmy Lin, Roberto Diaz, Ida Haendel, and Hilary Hahn.

Born in Ukraine, Lisitsa studied at the Lysenko School of Music and later at the Kiev Conservatory. Her performance repertoire includes more than 40 different concerti, featuring pieces from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. She recently embarked on a project to record all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas.

George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon,  provides an education designed to help students grow academically, professionally and spiritually.

George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, provides an education designed to help students grow academically, professionally and spiritually.

The Baumann Auditorium

The Baumann Auditorium

Auditorium with perfect acoustics

“Valentina will be performing on the university’s Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, often called the ‘Rolls Royce of Pianos,’” said Kenn Willson, professor of music history and keyboard studies at the university. “And she’ll be performing in an auditorium that has exquisite acoustics – a venue that annually hosts the Oregon Symphony.”

The annual concert, sponsored by George Fox’s performing arts department, has brought in world-renowned classical pianists since its inception in 2007. Past performers have included Italian pianist Gianluca Luisi and Baruch Meir.

More about Georg Fox University

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges - www.georgefox.edu - and
George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, often called the "Rolls Royce of Pianos": http://www.boesendorfer.com/de/modell-290-imperial.html

Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, often called the "Rolls Royce of Pianos": http://www.boesendorfer.com/de/modell-290-imperial.html

Tickets & further information

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni and seniors, and $6 for students and children under 12. To purchase tickets, visit music.georgefox.edu, or call the university's box office at 503-554-3844. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact: Kenn Willson, Professor of Music History and Keyboard Studies, 503-554-2624
More information: www.georgefox.edu

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(Photo credits: Georg Fox University, Bösendorfer)