As the legend Louis Armstrong once said, “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” Seventeen-year-old Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov will take center stage at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. as the Motor City Symphony, guest-conducted by award winning Nan Washburn, performs jazz favorites sure to entertain! Tickets may be purchased through the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts box office (586) 286-2222 or the Motor City Symphony Orchestra office.
Program to include:
- George Gershwin – Crazy for you Overture, Rhapsody in Blue
- Dave Brubeck – It’s About Time
- Duke Ellington – Suite from the River
- Ted Ricketts – Satchmo! (Tribute to Louis Armstrong)
Anastasia Rizikov takes center stage
At age seven, Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her orchestral debut with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by Mykola Diadiura. Now 17, Anastasia is already showing signs of being one to watch and is yearly performing numerous solo concerts and orchestral works in major US and Canadian cities. She has collaborated with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestra London Canada, Baleares Symphony Orchestra, Granada Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic, just to name a few. Bernhard Gueller, Shalom Bard, Alain Trudel, Nurhan Arman, Boris Brott, Nan Washburn and Salvador Brotons are among the conductors Anastasia has worked with in her so far in her young career. This year, she has performed one of the most technically challenging piano concertos, Rachmaninoff No. 3 in D minor, with Laval Symphony Orchestra in Quebec. For more information, including videos of her performances, please visit: www.AnastasiaRizikov.ca.
Nan Washburn guest-conducts
Winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, professional division 2013, and 19 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming from the League American Orchestras, Nan Washburn is one of the most innovative and dynamic conductors working in the U.S. today. For her engaging performances and fresh approach to concert programming, critics have hailed her work as having “perspicacity, nerve, imagination and all-round savvy.” She is currently in her 17th season as the Music Director of the Michigan Philharmonic. Under her leadership, the orchestra has experienced unprecedented growth in artistic excellence and in the scope and diversity of its programs throughout Southeast Michigan. National recognition for the orchestra during Washburn’s tenure includes 6 ASCAP Awards, several prestigious grants from Knight Foundation and 2nd Place honors from The American Prize, professional orchestra division.