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Celebrated pianists return to Pleasanton for concert tonight at Amador Theater

Performance will benefit Arts in the Schools program

Pleasanton concert pianist Tamriko Siprashvili, director and owner of Inspire Academy of Music and Arts, and Temirzhan Yerzhanov will return tonight to the Amador Theater to perform another two-piano concert to benefit the Arts in the Schools Program in Pleasanton.

The concert, entitled "An Evening of Inspiration," will include Brahms' Sonata for Two Pianos in F minor, Opus 34b, Tanhauser Overture by Wagner, and "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky.

Siprashvili and Yerzhanov both were recognized at an early age as musically gifted and moved from their native countries of Georgia and Kazakhstan, respectively, to Moscow to be educated at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory. They also were both awarded the gold medal at the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition in Swickau, Germany -- Siprashvili in 1985, and Yerzhanov in 1993.

"To my knowledge, no two of the few International Schumann Gold Medalists in the world perform concerts like this," said Dave Wright of the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, which sponsors the concert and the school arts program.

Wright also noted it is appropriate that the concert includes Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," a work which connects music with the visual arts, since funds from the performance will benefit the visual arts in Pleasanton schools.

Last year's concert sold out and raised more $12,000.

"We hope once again that folks can 'begin the new year on a high note' by attending the Jan. 23 piano concert," Wright said.

Siprashvili has performed concerts throughout Europe, Russia, Georgia, Chile, Argentina, Canada and the United States as a soloist and chamber music performer. She has made appearances on Radio Russia, Voice of America, Deutsche Radio Berlin, and on Italian Radio, and has worked with Nimbus Records and XCP in France to produce CDs.

Temirzhan Yerzhanov has toured in 12 countries in solo and chamber music, and has appeared in London Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Paris Salle Gaveau, New York Carnegie Weill Recital, Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonic halls.

Renowned pianists

What: "An Evening of Inspiration" to benefit Arts in the Schools

Who: Pianists Tamriko Siprashvili and Temirzhan Yerzhanov

When: 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23

Where: Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road

Tickets: $35 adult; $30 senior; $20 student; go to www.firehousearts.org or call 931-4848.

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