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The 66th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition

15 E 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
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New York, NY 10025
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Sitka Summer Music Festival

PO Box 3333
Sitka, AK 99835
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Boston Conservatory at Berklee

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Boston, MA 02215
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August 5-10, 2018 Daegu, Korea International Computer Music Conference
August 9-11, 2018 Sacramento, CA Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conference
August 9-12, 2018 Orlando, FL National Flute Association Conference
August 23-25, 2018 Brazil International Tuba-Euphonium Conference
August 26-29, 2018 Chicago, IL InterNoise Conference 2018
August 27-30, 2018 Las Vegas, NV Western Arts Alliance Conference
August 28 - September 1, 2018 Granada, Spain International Double Reed Society Annual Conference
September 5-8, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Arts Midwest Conference
September 25-28, 2018 Orlando, FL Radio Show
October 1-4, 2018 Orlando, FL Performing Arts Exchange
October 8-11, 2018 Eugene, OR Arts Northwest Annual Conference
October 11-13, 2018 Vancouver, BC College Music Society National Conference
October 17-20, 2018 New York, NY Audio Engineering Society Convention
November 1-4, 2018 San Antonio, TX Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting
November 1-4, 2018 San Antonio, TX American Musicological Society Annual Conference
November 3-4, 2018 Seattle, WA National Council of Acoustical Consultants Conference
November 12-17, 2018 Montreal, QC CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) 
November 12-17, 2018 Montreal, QC Canadian Arts Presenting Association
November 14-17, 2018 Baltimore, MD Conference for Community Arts Education
November 15-18, 2018 Dallas, TX American Music Therapy Association Conference
November 15-18, 2018 Albuquerque, NM Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
November 16-20, 2018 Washington, DC National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting
January 2-3, 2019 New York, NY Conductors Guild Annual Conference
January 4-8, 2019 New York, NY Arts Presenters Conference
January 9-12, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT National Opera Association Annual Convention
January 17-20, 2019 Washington, DC Chamber Music America
January 24-27, 2019 Anaheim, CA National Association of Music Merchants Show
January 29-31, 2019 Grapevine, TX International Ticketing Association Annual Conference
February 16-20, 2019 Columbus, OH National Association for Campus Activities National Convention
February 20-24, 2019 St. Louis, MO Music Library Association Annual Meeting
February 27 - March 2, 2019 Kansas City, MO American Choral Directors Association National Conference
March 6-9, 2019 Loveland, CO American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 6-9, 2019 Albuquerque, NM American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 16-20, 2019 Spokane, WA MTNA National Conference
March 20-23, 2019 Louisville, KY US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference
April 6-11, 2019 Location TBD National Association of Broadcasters Show
May 1-5, 2019 Cancun, Mexico Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference
May 13-17, 2019 Louisville, KY International Congress on Acoustics
June 5-7, 2019 Miami, FL Theatre Communications Group National Conference
July 14-18, 2019 Dallas, TX The Hymn Society Annual Conference
July 21-24, 2019 Chicago, IL International Association of Venue Managers Conference
July 24-28, 2019 Knoxville, TN ClarinetFest Conference 2019
March 21-25, 2020 Chicago, IL MTNA National Conference

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Edna believes young musicians can grow their own careers, with “hard work, blind faith, passion for the cause, incessant networking and a vision that refuse[s] to be tarnished by naysayers.”


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The North Shore Chamber Orchestra Announces New Program Wagnerian Effects for an Afternoon of Lush Romantic Music

March 6, 2018 | By Press Release Jet



The New North Shore Chamber Orchestra is proud to announce a new upcoming program titled, “Wagnerian Effects” with heavy influences on the lush romantic music of Richard Wagner who greatly influenced the development of classical music through his complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration. North Shore Orchestra invites the community of all ages, whose eyes and ears are ready for an exhilarating and impassioned orchestral experience, come attend on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:30 PM at the Unitarian Church of Evanston at 1330 Ridge Avenue. The orchestra is comprised of community-based volunteers, semi-professional, and professional players to provide a balanced mixture of talented young people and disciplined professionals under the direction of Russian-trained conductor Anatol Lysenka.


During the upcoming program, “Wagnerian Effects,” two soloists will be performing; Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger and Harpist, Krista Hagglund. The piece being showcased by Merdinger is the infrequently performed, but glorious work for Piano and Orchestra - César Franck’s Symphonic Variations. This beautiful composition displays characteristics of Scriabin, Granados, Chopin and is heavily influenced upon French-school Impressionism and German Romanticism and Chromaticism. Krista Hagglund, a local young harpist, will perform Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances for Solo Harp and Orchestra.


Maestro Lysenka has been widely recognized for his orchestral arrangements and achievements in interpreting and performing complex musical arrangements by great 20th century composers, such as Richard Wagner. Since coming to the U.S. in 2000, Mr. Lysenka has conducted multiple symphony orchestras in Illinois and has founded the Tutti Chamber Orchestra in 2005, which is also located in Chicago.  Anatol Lysenka was appointed Principal Conductor by the Board of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra in 2010. Born in Belarus, formerly a part of the Soviet Union, he earned his first Master’s Degree in conducting at the Belarusian Conservatory of Music.  In 1985 he received his second Master’s Degree in Opera-Symphony conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory. Mr. Lysenka was awarded first prize for Symphony Orchestra Conducting in the Belarus Republic Contest in 1987.


Susan Merdinger, a Prize Winning American Pianist and Steinway Artist, has appeared as a soloist in major concert halls throughout the world, and has soloed with many distinguished conductors and internationally acclaimed orchestras. Ms. Merdinger has studied with some of the world’s leading expert pianists, performed dozens of breath-taking performance in sold-out venues, and has won multiple gold medals in many of the most noted piano competitions around the world. Merdinger enjoys an active schedule performing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, duo pianist, and as a chamber musician, performing as a Visiting Artist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Guest Artist on WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Radio Station.


Harp Soloist, Krista Hagglund, is the Principal Harpist of the Midwest Young Artist Conservatory. Over the last two years, Krista has performed solos in masterclasses for renowned harpists such as Kathleen Bride, Judy Loman, Naoko Yoshino, and Yolanda Kondanssis. Krista was chosen to perform at the Lyon & Healy Harp Day sponsored by the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society, Inc.


The remaining parts of the program will feature Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” and “Valse Triste,”Gustav Mahler’s “Adagietto from Symphony #5,” and ending with Richard Wagner’s exhilarating “Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin.” Admission is $15.00, youth 18 years and younger are admitted free. For more information, please contact:



Contact Name: Anatol Lysenka

Company: North Shore Chamber Orchestra


Phone: (224) 409-0220




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