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Brahms in the Afternoon – An Autumn Concert

Brahms in the Afternoon – An Autumn Concert

First Church of Christ, Woodbridge proudly presents the third exciting afternoon of classical piano masterpieces, featuring our prizewinning organist/pianist in residence, Nenad Ivović.  This event will be part of the Church’s October 18-20 Arts and Music Festival.  Voluntary contributions will be accepted for restoration of the historic church.  In the Ivović performance, the audience will be treated to masterpieces from the nineteenth century Romantic era:  the last piano work by Brahms, Klavierstücke Opus 119, and an early work, the Sonata Opus 1.  Following the concert, there will be a reception and opportunity to meet Ivović at the Parish House adjacent to the Church at 5 Meetinghouse Lane.  For more information, please contact the Church office at (203) 387-2119.

Ivović, born in Belgrade, Serbia, has known his way around piano keys since age four.  As a winner from early adolescence of prizes in over 15 international competitions, the pianist put aside dreams of competitive level ping-pong to spend 3 years at Israel’s prestigious Buchman-Mehta School of Music, garnering an MA from Tel-Aviv University.  Without enough funds to continue, however, young Nenad returned home and became a Belgrade high school music teacher, leaving his performance career for three full years.  Finally supported and urged on by those who recognized his talent, he recommenced his life journey at the Yale School of Music.  This year, after two years of intense studies under the renowned Boris Berman, and having graduated with an MMA in Piano Performance, Ivović won third prize in the international “Piano Summer” at New Paltz-SUNY.  This fall he began a new role at the Yale School of Music:  Collaborative Piano Fellow, with concertizing also on his professional horizon.  On Christmas Day 2019 in Belgrade the audience will find their successful native son returning to give a major solo concert in the great Kolarac auditorium.

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