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‘New Directions’ Bravo! Series Kicks Off with Double Sharp Piano Duo

September 08, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A lively concert combining extraordinary piano masterpieces and elaborate costumes will take audiences on a journey to 19th century Russia as part of the 2015-2016 Gloria and Robert R. Furgason Bravo! Series – New Directions at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The Island University presents the exciting Double Sharp Piano Duo on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on the Performing Arts Center stage. The event is free and open to the public.

“Double Sharp” is an exciting piano duo, combining the talents of two Russian-born pianists, Natasha Marin and Maria Demina, and their fashion designer, Vera Chernova DeFehr. The hour-long music program will present music and traditional costumes from the turn of the 19th century in the Soviet era. The duo will perform works by Arensky, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Khacharturian in rarely-heard masterpieces written for two pianos.

After extensive research into the lives of the featured composers and the history and fashion of the time, the performers will bring to the audience not only the beauty of the musical masterpieces, but also an educational element, and the excitement of high fashion.

The performers both graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Since their premiere performance in June 2008 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater, Double Sharp has won the Grand Prize at the regional piano duo competition and regularly appears nationwide in live concerts and on the radio. Marin is married to actor/comedian Cheech Marin.

Upcoming Bravo! Series concerts for the 2015-2016 season are Michael Martin Murphey’s “Cowboy Christmas” on Monday, Dec. 7; “The Book of Goddesses” on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016; and Dr. Shana Mashego, Soprano & The Sacred Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

Sponsors of the 2015-2016 Bravo! Series include the Performing Arts Center; The School of Arts, Media, and Communication and the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Whataburger; KFTX Real County Radio; KLUX; iHeart Media and KEDT South Texas Public Broadcasting.

For more information, contact the Performing Arts Center at 361.825.2787; or visit pac.tamucc.edu/bravo.html.