Stunning Virtuosity – SVETLANA SMOLINA

“Smolina displayed full command… playing with vigor and vitality… sure of technique and subtle phrasing. She produced dazzling effects… brought the audience close to frenzy.”        Sarasota Herald Tribune

Begin your Thanksgiving holiday with the inspiration of pianist SVETLANA SMOLINA – acclaimed as “mesmerizing and dynamic” by the NY Times and for her “luxuriant tone” by the LA Times in her “flawless virtuosity” – in a program of Romantic masterpieces in Lincoln Hall on Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM.

Known for her  “energy and fire” & “subtle phrasing”, the stunningly talented Svetlana Smolina is a highly sought-after world-renowned classical pianist who has performed, recorded, and collaborated with famous musicians in major world music centers, performing with orchestras and in recitals worldwide to extended standing ovations as “she produced dazzling effects… and brought the audience close to frenzy.”

ARCA is grateful for the generous donation of long-time ARCA members Dr. Charles and Susan Sutherland who have sponsored the debut performance of Svetlana Smolina at the Lincoln Hall Steinway.

Following the concert, Meet the Artist at the Wine & Cheese reception from 4 to 6 PM at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop for the opening of the Cooperative Artists’ Holiday Art Show and Exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery. The Holiday Exhibit will feature original, high quality, artisan-made gifts created by RBG Cooperative Member Artists: Silver and gemstone jewelry, hand woven scarves, pottery, hand turned wooden vases, rustic wooden tables, wearable art, hand-made baskets, oil and watercolor paintings, pencil drawings, fine art photography, and greeting cards.

Tickets: Adults $25, Members $20, Students $5   To reserve, call 724-659-3153 to pay by cash or check at the door – or buy online here.

Hailed for being “Simply flawless” (Toronto Performing Arts Examiner) and “a true miracle “(Zapolyarnaya Pravda), producing “dazzling effects”, SVETLANA SMOLINA has performed with orchestras and in recitals and chamber music worldwide.

Notable appearances with notable appearances the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Dublin Philharmonic, South Florida Symphony, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic,  New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra.

A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Rising Stars, White Nights, Maggio Musicale, Mikkeli, Ruhr, Moscow Easter, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev, International Gilmore, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Michelangeli, Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee.

She also has performed in Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Mozarteum, Merkin Hall, Kravis Center, NJPAC, Yellow Lounge Berlin, Gulbenkian Foundation, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Corfu Festival in Greece, New Names and  D. Sakharov Festival in Russia.

Of her performance of Scriabin, New York Times, Paul Griffiths wrote, “Svetlana Smolina created a storming, breathing piano in Scriabin’s Fantasy in B minor…”  

Recent recordings include Stravinsky’s Igor Stravinsky Les noces (Valery Gergiev, conductor on Decca/Phillips and on Mariinsky Label which received ICMA award).

In addition, she has a recording of solo Chopin Album for the Chopin iTunes Project, Benjamin Britten Young Apollo live recording from Walt Disney Hall for BCM+D record, Scriabin CD on Pentatone Oxingale Records and many broadcasts for NPR, WQXR New York, BBC, PBS, RAI, Kultura TV and other networks.

Svetlana is a Piano Visiting Professor at London Performing Academy of Music and has been appointed Piano Program Director at the Piano Conservatory, European Academy of Fine Arts.  During recent tours internationally to perform concertos and in recital as in tours to China and Singapore, among others, Svetlana has given masterclasses for students.

Mrs. Smolina studied at Indiana University with Professor Alexander Toradze, joining his famed Toradze Piano Studio; at Balakirev Music College with Natalia Fish, at Oberlin Conservatory with Monique Duphil, at Brussels Royal Conservatory with Eugeny Mogilevsky and at University of Michigan with Arthur Greene where she received her DMA.

Enjoy Foxburg & the Post-Concert Red Brick Gallery Reception 

Plan to Meet the Artist after the concert for the wine and cheese reception at the the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop from 4 to 6 PM (open from 11 AM to 7 PM at 17 Main Street) for the opening of the RBG Cooperative Artists Holiday Art Show & Exhibit.

The Red Brick Gallery & Gift Shop’s Annual Holiday Art Show & Exhibit spans six weekends from Friday, November 15 to Sunday, December 22, featuring one-of -a-kind, high quality, original artisan-made gifts created by Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Member Artists: Karin Arnds, Taylor Banner, Chris Bauer, Mark DeWalt, Donna Edmonds, Angela Taylor Hardwick, Ann Harting, Kathy Hogg, Dennis Keyes, Jason Floyd Lewis, Karen Mortland, Nissa Rappoport, Linda Thompson and Cathy & Jack Trzeciak.

Before the concert, enjoy a brisk walk along the Allegheny River trail or have lunch at the Allegheny Grille in their dining room overlooking the Allegheny River.

Or for more casual fare, at Foxburg Pizza with salads, sandwiches and pizza.

Be sure to save time to enjoy a wine tasting in the newly renovated Foxburg Wine Cellars or enjoy a bottle of wine on the beautiful patio on a warm November day  – or do some early Christmas shopping for stocking stuffers – like their deliciously robust River Queen.

Savor a gourmet coffee and hand made chocolate at Divani Chocolatier and Barrista.  Or spend the night in Foxburg in the lovely, newly renovated  Foxburg Inn or up the river at Emlenton’s bed and breakfast, the Barnard House.