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February 17th, 2017 – Pianist Ralph Votapek January 8, 2017

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Midland, MI –The Grove Music Festival presents pianist Ralph Votapek in recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 17 at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

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Winner of the Naumburg Award and gold Medalist in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Mr. Votapek will present a recital featuring the works of Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and Gershwin.

A pianist of warmth and clarity, Mr. Votapek has performed literally hundreds of times with major American orchestras, including sixteen appearances with the Chicago Symphony, and has made a special commitment to Latin America, where he has toured every other year for more than 42 years.  A repeated soloist at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, Mr. Votapek has been a guest collaborator with the Juilliard, Fine Arts, New World and Chester String Quartets.

Mr. Votapek was the soloist on Arthur Fiedler’s last Boston Pops Gershwin recording, and has in recent years recorded prolifically for the Ivory Classics and Blue Griffin labels.  He has served as Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University where he is currently Professor Emeritus of Piano at the College of Music

For more information, see the Grove Music Festival website or Facebook page: https://grovemusic.wordpress.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grove-Music-Festival or Ralph Votapek’s website: http://www.ralphvotapek.com

Founded in 1998 by Lois Palen, the Grove Music Festival is a non-profit arts organization that brings professional jazz and chamber music programming to Midland.  This concert marks the 20th year of classical concerts presented by the festival.  Recent artists include Scott St. John, violin, Sharon Wei, viola, Pauline Martin, piano, and Gabe Bolkosky, violin.

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