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The Wallis Presents An Evening Of Beethoven Sonatas With Acclaimed Pianist Ory Shihor

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Within each of the evening's four works, Beethoven counteracts an inevitable darkness with luminous light.

The Wallis Presents An Evening Of Beethoven Sonatas With Acclaimed Pianist Ory Shihor

Internationally renowned pianist Ory Shihor returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with the program Beethoven: Darkness and Light, shedding light on four masterful Beethoven piano sonatas, on Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:30 pm.

Within each of the evening's four works, Beethoven counteracts an inevitable darkness with luminous light. Shihor's intent to present these sonatas in pairs - a celebrated work with a lesser known one - further accentuates this metaphoric and musical chasm. Shihor has been hailed as a "boldly individualistic" pianist (The New York Times) who is "not afraid to takes risks" (The Washington Post). A Preludes @ The Wallis pre-concert conversation moderated by Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen will be held before the concert with Shihor.

"Ory Shihor is a captivating pianist who provides compelling insights into the music he performs," says The Wallis' Artistic Director Paul Crewes, "We are pleased to welcome him back to The Wallis with his latest solo project, Beethoven: Darkness and Light."

As a concert pianist, Shihor has impressed audiences and critics from coast to coast and throughout Europe, Australia and Asia. A world renowned pedagogue as well, Shihor is the founder and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Ory Shihor Institute, which offers training and certification programs for piano teachers and students, online courses and a pre-college program for gifted young pianists. Prior to opening his own institute, Shihor was dean of the Colburn Music Academy, which he founded in 2010, and served as professor of piano at the Colburn Conservatory for 10 years. He has served as juror in significant international competitions and has given lectures and masterclasses at conservatories, universities and festivals around the globe. Shihor's numerous awards and competition prizes include the Gina Bauchauer Prize, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Washington International Piano Competition and Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Shihor was a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships from the age of 12. At 15, he moved to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute of Music under the legendary pianist Jorge Bolet and later graduated from the Juilliard School, where his teacher was the renowned pedagogue Russell Sherman.

The health and safety of patrons, staff and artists inside and outside the venue are a top priority for The Wallis. All audience members attending indoor performances will be required to show proof of full vaccination upon entry at The Wallis, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the attending their performance date. In addition, all patrons regardless of vaccination status will be required to properly wear a face mask over both the nose and mouth upon entering The Wallis' indoor spaces and for the duration of their visit. The Wallis' health and safety protocols are also subject to change at the venue's sole discretion or in accordance with LA County and City of Beverly Hills regulations. For The Wallis' current safety updates and protocols, please visit https://thewallis.org/safety

Tickets, $29-$79, are on sale now. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 310-746-4000 or visit TheWallis.org/Beethoven.


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