Arts Society & Culture

Piano virtuoso Evgeny Rivkin to present 2nd Thursday Concert

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Evgeny Rivkin (Credit: Wingate Downs)

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Evgeny Rivkin, a Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty member, will present an evening of piano music on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The performance continues the 2014-2015 Hodgson School’s 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series.

The program will feature a broad selection of Romantic compositions for piano: Brahms’ “Sonata No. 3 in F minor”; “Six moments musicaux (Moderato)” and Schubert’s “Impromptus (Andante-Allegro)”; Rachmaninoff’s “Études-Tableaux (Lento lugubre)”; and Scriabin’s “Two Poems (Andante cantabile – Allegro con eleganza)” and “Five Preludes Op. 74.”

Rivkin joined the UGA faculty in 1995. Prior to his arrival, he served as professor of piano at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. Rivkin has taken top prizes in the Bavarian Radio Musik Competition in Munich, the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow, the USSR National Piano Competition of St. Petersburg and the Russian National Piano Competition. In 1998, he won the first prize in the 1998 International McMahon Piano Competition held in Oklahoma.

Established in 1980, the 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series offers showcase performances by UGA students and faculty throughout the academic year. Proceeds from individual ticket sales and season subscriptions help fund yearlong academic scholarships and assistantships for students and present donors with the opportunity to sponsor individual music school students at several levels of giving.

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $5 for students and are available through the UGA Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or online at pac.uga.edu.

The next concert in the series will be March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall, when Hodgson School brass, woodwind, string and piano faculty gather for an evening of chamber music.

For more information on the 2nd Thursday Series or the Hodgson School of Music, see music.uga.edu.