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FIU Music Festival 2021: An Evening of Piano Fireworks

FIU Music Festival Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2021
Wertheim Concert Hall
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM (ET)

For one night only! Treat yourself to an evening of piano fireworks by Chopin and Liszt performed by internationally renowned FIU Artist in Residence and Professor Kemal Gekic, FIU alumnus Silvije Vidovic, and America's rising star Lindsay Garritson in the Wertheim Concert Hall.


Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne op.61 No. 1 in B-Major
Franz Liszt:
Rhapsodie Espagnole | Introduzione. La Folia | Jota Aragonese
Performed by Lindsay Garritson

Frédéric Chopin: Nocturno Op.48, No. 1 in C minor
Silvije Vidovic: Haze | Oh My Love (trans. by Silvije Vidovic)
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
Performed by Silvije Vidovic

Franz Liszt | Hexameron - Brilliant Variations on a theme
by Bellini, Composed by Liszt, Thalberg, Pixis, Herz, Czerny and Chopin

1. Introduction: Extremement lent (Liszt)
2. Tema: Allegro marziale (transcribed by Liszt)
3. Variation I: Ben marcato (Thalberg)
4. Variation II: Moderato (Liszt)
5. Variation III: di bravura (Pixis) - Ritornello (Liszt)
6. Variation IV: Legato e grazioso (Herz)
7. Variation V: Vivo e brillante (Czerny) - Fuocoso molto energico; Lento quasi recitativo (Liszt)
8. Variation VI: Largo (Chopin) - (coda) (Liszt)
9. Finale: Molto vivace quasi prestissimo
Performed by Kemal Gekic

Kemal Gekic | Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. For one night only this season, he will perform a powerful evening of piano masterworks by Franz Liszt in the Wertheim Concert Hall.

His daring approach to tone and form, marked him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues. Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations , always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.

Since 1999 he has been Artist in Residence at the Florida International University School of Music in Miami, Florida.

Lindsay Garritson | has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the age of four. She has appeared on stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Place des Arts (Montreal), and has been featured as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (Texas), Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Barra Mansa (Brazil), the Yale Philharmonic Orchestra, and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

An award-winning performer, Lindsay has received top prizes at the Montreal International Piano Competition, USASU Bösendorfer International Piano Competition, and the Mozarteum International Chopin Competition (Salzburg). She was invited as one of thirty participants internationally to compete in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and she was selected as one of six finalists worldwide for the 2014 German Piano Award in Frankfurt, Germany.

Lindsay is a passionate advocate for new music, and her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in November 2019 featured the world premiere of Carl Vine's Piano Sonata No. 4, a work written for her. Additionally, her second solo album titled "Aphorisms: Piano Music of Carl Vine" was just released. She has also recorded the complete works for flute and piano by Samuel Zyman (Albany Records, 2020), and premiered works by composers David Ludwig, Nick Omiccioli, and Polina Nazaykinskaya.

Silvije Vidovic | received a full scholarship to study in the United States with Kemal Gekic in 2003. His potentials as an emerging young artist was immediately recognized when he won the first prize at Florida International University’s Concerto Competition in 2004, which followed with a series of concerts organized by the Guild for International Piano Competition. Mr. Vidovic continued his musical development at Boston University studying with Dr. Jonathan Bass. While there, he was employed as a teacher assistant, and in 2008 was the winner of the Richmond Piano Competition. In August 2012 Silvije completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where he studied with the renowned Russian pianist and pedagogue Vladimir Viardo.

Silvije‘s audio recordings have been released by Croatia Records, Art-Net Club, and Akadem Records. Furthermore, Mr. Vidovic has been featured in four documentary films produced by the Croatian National TV, which chronicle the lives and artistic careers of the three Vidovic siblings. Since 2011 Mr. Vidovic has been sponsored by the Concert Music Tour organization, which resulted with his performance in Vienna's Musikverein Golden Hall. Mr. Vidovic is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Karlovac Piano Festival and Karlovac International Piano Competition.

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