Lois Robinson, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY PRESENTS PIANIST DOMINIC MUZZI, WIDEMAN GOLD MEDALIST WINNER, ON FEBRUARY 1
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SHREVEPORT, LA, JANUARY 14, 2020
Saturday, February 1, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) presents Wideman International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Dominic Muzzi in Rachmaninoff's virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1. The program also includes Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird, Cindy McTee's Circuits, the transcendent Mysterious Mountain by Alan Hovhaness, and two world-premiere videos co-commissioned by the SSO.
RACHMANINOFF & THE FIREBIRD
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Butterman, conductor
Aleksi Moriarty, video artist
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1
Dominic Muzzi, Wideman Gold Medalist
HOVHANESS Symphony No. 2 ("Mysterious Mountain")
Stephen Lias, video artist
Firebird Suite (1919)
A free pre-concert discussion starts at 6:40 p.m. Tickets are available online at shreveportsymphony.com
or by phone at 318-227-8863. Prices range from $20-$63.
The SSO's season sponsor is Willis-Knighton Health System.
The concert sponsor is the Shreveport Symphony Guild.
About Dominic Muzzi
Hailed for his "mastery, precision, and passion," pianist Dominic Muzzi began training in the art of classical piano at the age of four, having shown keen aural ability before that age. Shortly thereafter, he began performing locally in his childhood home of central Florida, giving his first public solo recital at the age of 11 in a local music store.
By the age of 14, Dominic had earned the American College of Musician's National Level performance certificate.
Presently, Dominic has performed across the United States and Europe, holding over a dozen top prizes in solo piano and concerto competitions. The previous season has been immensely successful for Dominic, having earned the gold medal and first prize in the 68th Wideman International Piano Concerto Competition, as well as first prize at the National finals of the Music Teachers National Association's Young Artist Competition.
Dominic was inspired to pursue music professionally in the summer of 2010 while attending a pre-college piano festival at Florida State University. He would go on to complete his undergraduate studies there under the tutelage of Dr. Read Gainsford. Seeking to further his education, Dominic graduated summa cum laude with a Masters of Music in piano from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in the spring of 2018. He is now enrolled in the doctoral program at Indiana University, studying with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Roberto Plano.
In addition to being a full-time student, Dominic works as an Associate Instructor for Indiana University in the secondary piano program, teaching both group piano and private students. Dominic is also in active demand as a collaborative pianist, with over a decade of professional experience performing with choirs, chamber ensembles, and solo musicians at the highest level of musicianship and facility. He has studied chamber music with renowned artists such as Peter Stumpf, Alex Kerr, and Kevork Mardirossian. He has participated in masterclasses and public lessons by Sergei Babayan, Jerome Lowenthal, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Jon Nakamatsu, and others.
This season, Dominic will debut with the Shreveport Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire, performing the first two piano concerti of Sergei Rachmaninoff. He will also perform two recitals in the Chopin for All concert series, sponsored by the Chopin Foundation of the United States.
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About the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. The SSO's mission is:
- to embrace the community we serve and to be embraced by the same community; to broaden the level of supporters and their involvement with the orchestra; to work across the region with various arts organizations through cooperation and partnerships.
- to educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm.
- to provide the unique aesthetic experiences of live orchestral music; to give depth and enriching life; to connect people through music; to foster cultural diversity.
- to foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence.