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Concert Pianist Will ‘Keep It Fresh’

Russian-American pianist Vladimir Feltsman will take to the Hop’s concert grand on Friday night, playing a suite of songs written by composers ranging from the 18th to 20th century.

The performance will mark Feltsman’s first visit to Dartmouth College, where he’ll play pieces by Haydn, Schubert, Liszt and Scriabin. There won’t be any by Bach, a composer Feltsman has spent much of his career learning and teaching.

“I’m trying to keep it fresh, so this program I think is a delightful program, not very long time-wise,” he said in his Russian-accented English.

Feltsman was born in Moscow in 1952, and debuted with the city’s philharmonic orchestra when he was 11. He continued playing and studying through 1979, when he began an eight-year battle to emigrate from his birth country, a process that led to him being banned by the Soviet Union from performing in public.

He made it to the United States in 1987, and settled in upstate New York. He’s been teaching at the State University of New York, New Paltz, for 26 years.

Feltsman’s teaching background extends to the performances he books — at Dartmouth, he’ll be teaching a theory and a conducting class in addition to his own show.

“It’s something which has always been an important part of my life,” he said. “It’s almost part of the package when I’m booked somewhere to play.”

Pianist Vladimir Feltsman will play at the Hopkins Center on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Spaulding Auditorium. Tickets range from $17 to $30, and can be purchased from www.hop.dartmouth.edu.

Jon Wolper can be reached at jwolper@vnews.com or 603-727-3242.

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