Saturday, August 15, 2009

Nigerian Pianist Sodi Braide is a 'Rising Star' at Ravinia Festival 8 PM Friday, Oct. 30

[Sodi Braide: Franck, œuvres pour piano; Lyrinx\Talents LYR 249 (2006)]

Press Release
Aug. 13, 2009
Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, Illinois:
“Ravinia Festival Announces 2009-2010 Rising Stars Concerts
Rising Stars to participate in Ravinia’s education and community partnerships programs
Special ticket/dining packages available for seven concerts
Ravinia’s 19th annual Rising Stars series features 13 classical recitals from Oct. 2, 2009, through May 7, 2010.” “Back by popular demand, Ravinia will offer seven concert/dining packages at a special price of $45 on Oct. 2, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, March 5, March 26, April 9 and May 7.”“The festival is dedicated to developing the full potential of emerging artists, beginning with their performances on the Rising Stars series and, ultimately, their Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut on the pavilion stage during the festival’s summer season.” “In addition to their Rising Stars performances, each artist will also perform in free concerts for students through Ravinia’s Education and Community Partnerships Programs throughout Chicagoland.”

The Fall Season includes “...pianist Sodi Braide, described as 'prodigiously gifted' by, on Oct. 30.” The Nigerian pianist has been followed for some time by AfriClassical, which offers a link to an excerpt of his César Franck CD on the blog's home page.

“Friday, October 30, 8 p.m. - Bennett - Gordon Hall
Mozart: Fantasy in D minor, K. 397
Schubert: Sonata in C minor, D. 958
Liszt: Années de Pélerinage II: L'Italie, No. 5: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca; Venezia e Napoli; Der Müller und der Bach; Erlkönig


Andrew Patner said...

Yes, this is great news! As you know, he had great success on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago earluer this year.

Keep up *your* great work!

Andrew Patner
Chicago Sun-Times
WFMT Radio Chicago and

Emerge Already! said...

Sodi was exceptional during his Impulse Artist Series concert here in Houston. It was an honor to present him, Chicago is lucky to get to hear him 2 times this year alone!

Jade Simmons, pianist
Founder, The Impulse Artist Series