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Announcing the Plano Classics 2019 Concert Series!

Get ready for the exciting new Classical Music Concert Series called Plano Classics. All concerts will be performed in the Plano Arts District and feature world-class Artists from the US and abroad. Come attend a pleasant evening of Artistically Moving Performances, a glass of Fine Wine, and some Finger Food.

Individual concert tickets are on sale now and range from $45 – $50 per seat.

Alina Kiryayeva

Courtyard Theater

Thursday, April 18 – 7:30 pm

Alina Kiryayeva is a Ukrainian-born, globally-renowned concert pianist known for her potent command of the piano, her unique interpretations, clarity of sound, and innovative programming. As important, she has been praised for enchanting audiences with philosophical insight and a charismatic stage presence.

Ms. Kiryayeva will perform her nationally-acclaimed, highly-popular Moving Pictures program featuring your favorite classics. The program includes a collection of the most exciting and colorful classical masterworks featured in famous movies and cartoons. Works by Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, and other composers have moved and delighted audiences of all ages. Her strong, captivating stage presence and her unique interpretations deliver virtuosic fireworks of nearly unplayable piano transcriptions that take the audience’s breath away. And Lucid Culture in New York City reviewed Alina’s program as being “a terrifically enjoyable show.”

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Christopher McGuire

ArtCentre of Plano

Saturday, March 23 – 7:30 pm

Christopher McGuire is an American Classical Guitarist known for his ability to make the guitar “sing with excitement.” McGuire has performed hundreds of solo concerts in countries on 5 continents, including the Unites States, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Germany, and Spain. He has performed for Presidents of the United States and Mexico, three former governors of Texas, and for members of the Spanish Royal Family.

Accolades include “… I am confident Chris will be appreciated and applauded everywhere he performs” (Andrés Segovia), “His beautiful playing was full of life and color” (Gendai Guitar Magazine, Japan), and “Christopher McGuire’s guitar sang with beauty, emotion, and power. Our full-house audience was mesmerized for two full hours, and we still wanted more” (Diane Hess – President: Josephine County Community Concert Association).

Keiko Omura

Keiko Omura

Keiko Omura

Courtyard Theater

Thursday, May 21 – 7:30 pm

Keiko Omura was born in Osaka, Japan and is an Early Music Keyboard Artist. We are particularly excited to announce that Keiko will be making her U.S. Debut right here in Plano’s Courtyard Theater.

Ms. Omura is known across Europe and in Japan for her lightning-fast fingers and the explosion of sound she delivers across the full-range of the keyboard. She has developed a delightful, fast-paced, and uplifting program for our enjoyment. The second half of her program is particularly strong, which you will not want to miss. It includes a delightfully beautiful composition by Friedrich Kalkbrenner – music so rarely performed in concert, that it is possible (even in today’s days) you might never hear it performed “live” again in your lifetime. Keiko has four Masters degrees, one each in Fortepiano Performance and Pedagogy and Harpsichord Performance and Pedagogy. Modern piano performed here.

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David Ward

Steinway Artist

Courtyard Theater

Tuesday, August 20 – 7:30 pm

For one special evening, be transported back to the “Golden Age of the Piano” in this piano concert performed by Steinway Artist David Ward. Luminaries from that era were known and praised for the interpretive genius, artistic depth, poetic mystery, and warmth of their performances. David’s performance style continues the tradition of these great pianists.

David’s captivating program will include selections from J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, David’s own moving arrangement of As the Deer, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano… and more.

Accolades include “David is a world-class pianist… whose natural rapport with the keyboard assures a permanent place for his musical star in the firmament with such luminaries as Horowitz, Rubinstein, Rachmaninoff, and Schnabel” (Daytona Beach News Journal), and “among the very best pianists.”

Yann Passabet-Labiste

Courtyard Theater

Tuesday, October 8 – 7:30 pm

Yann Passabet-Labiste is a French Violin Soloist whose mantra is: “Play as if tomorrow does not exit.” He will be making his exciting U.S. Debut right here in Plano’s Courtyard Theater.

Yann has been reviewed as “one of the most fascinating artists of his generation.” His ability to captivate audiences with the depth and intensity of his musicality, the finesse of his sensibility, and his love and dedication to classical music, are what make him one of the most influential artists of today.

Mr. Passabet-Labiste will be accompanied by Keiko Omura as they perform Mozart’s Sonate for Piano and Violin KV G Dur, Camille Saint Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Frank Mill’s Music Box Dancer, as well as works by Tchaikovsky and other composers. A Ballet Company will also perform.

Mark Laycock (international conductor) commented “Yann possesses a left hand any violinist would envy… and a bow arm that is rarely seen.” Join us for an exciting Debut and evening.

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Concert Venues:

1. The ArtCentre of Plano, 902 East 16th Street, Plano TX 75074 – (T) 972-423-7809 (70-Seats)

2. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Avenue, Plano, TX 75074 – (T) 972-941-5600 (321 Seats)

For more information, email [email protected]

Aayushi Pramanik
Aayushi Pramanik is a sophomore at Williams College. When not working or studying economics and math, she enjoys dancing, singing, and taking countless photos with her camera.

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