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Kish Symphony presents Romancing the ‘Rach’

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will presents its spring concert, Romancing the ‘Rach,’ at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building, Northern Illinois University.

The concert will feature Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt. Music director Linc Smelser will present a free pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. in room 173 in the Music Building.

Pianist Miko Kominami is the guest soloist for the evening. Kominami graduated from The Juilliard School and enjoys a varied career on the faculty at Luther College and as principal keyboardist of Orchestra Iowa. She has performed extensively throughout North America, both as a soloist and as a collaborator with other artists.

As a concerto soloist, she has performed with Orchestra Iowa, the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra and the Luther College Symphony Orchestra.

Kominami gave her New York solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1996 as a result of winning the Artists International Award. She was acclaimed by New York Concert Review as “both a virtuosic and a musicianly performer.” Other awards include a Canada Council Arts Grant and first prize at the 1996 Concerto Soloists’ Competition in Philadelphia.

She has performed live on WFMT in Chicago and on Maine and Iowa public radio stations. In addition to her solo engagements, Kominami is a founding member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello/piano ensemble.

Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each concert. All seats are general admission (no reserved seating). Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older, $10 for students, and $5 for children younger than 12.

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