The fourth annual Clayton Piano Festival will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 10 at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, with additional workshops held at area schools.
Jonathan Levin, who grew up in Clayton, started the Clayton Piano Festival.
“As many may know, I grew up in the Clayton area, and it was here that my musical education began as well,” he said. “The Clayton Piano Festival is my way of giving back to a community that gave much to me and to share my love and enthusiasm for great music with as many people as possible.”
In collaboration with the Ava Gardner Festival, this year’s festival will kick off with classical music from movies starring the late actress.
WRAL news reporter Brian Mims will emcee the program, titled “Movie Tunes: Iconic Classical Music from the Movies,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 4. He will lead the conversation about the piano pieces performed by featured pianist Azamat Sydykov.
Sydakov, who recently performed at Carnegie Hall, was born into a musical family in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyz Republic, a former republic of the Soviet Union. He know makes his home in Kazakhstan.
A member of the International Academy of Creative Endeavors, Sydykov has received many awards and prizes, including first prize in five national music competitions in Kyrgyz.
Here is the full festival schedule:
Sept. 29-Oct. 3 – Educational outreach performances at local elementary schools.
Oct. 4 – “Movie Tunes: Iconic Classical Music from the Movies,” with pianist Azamat Sydykov, 7 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Azamat Sydykov. Tickets are $20
Oct. 5 – “Sanctuary: The Inspiration of the Church on Western music,” with pianist Jonathan Levin, 3 p.m. at The Clayton Center. Tickets are $12 and $8.
Oct. 7 – “In Her Shoes: A Celebration of Women Composers,” with pianist Julia Mortyakova, 7 p.m. at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. Tickets are $20.
Oct. 8-10 – Young Artist Seminar, classes and events for local piano students. Location and schedule to be determined.
Oct. 10 – “From Brooklyn to Havana: Classical Music with a Popular Twist,” with pianist Milton Laufer, 7 p.m. at The Clayton Center. Tickets are $12 and $8.
For tickets, go to theclaytoncenter.com or call the box office at 919-553-3152.