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Marly Music Series – Rachel Kudo and Brandon Ridenour

August 21, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rachel Kudo and Brandon Ridenour - DTSP - 2016

Escape the heat of Downtown St. Pete with cool summer concerts in the intimate, elegant Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete. Tickets are first-come, first-served, cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID, and can be purchased online. Admission to the entire Museum is included in the ticket price.

Come early and have brunch in the MFA Café in DTSP.

Marly Music Society members pay only $15 per concert. Please consider joining the group to

support the series. You must be a Museum member to join.

Concerts are sponsored in part by the Friends of Joe Sprain in his memory; the Estate of Mrs. Elvira Wolfe de Weil; the Tampa Bay Times; WUSF; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit the website. The concerts continue select Sunday thru August 28, 2016.

August 21

Rachel Kudo, piano

Brandon Ridenour, trumpet

Rachel Kudo has been hailed for her “stunning virtuosity” and “miracle of flawless technique

and expressive versatility.” She made her orchestral debut with the Chicago and Fort Worth

Symphonies at 16 and has since concertized around the globe. Highlights include recitals at the

Salle Cortot in Paris, Chopin’s birth house in Żelazowa Wola in Poland and the Royal Castle in

Warsaw, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel.

Ms. Kudo was the only American finalist in the 15 th International Frédéric Chopin Piano

Competition in Warsaw. She also won prizes in the U.S. National and Dublin International

Chopin Piano Competitions and received the 2007 Chopin Prize from The Juilliard School and

the 2009 Arthur Rubinstein Prize.

In addition, Ms. Kudo was the consecutive winner of two Gina Bachauer International Piano

Competitions, was named a Gilmore Young Artist, and was invited twice to participate in

Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshops, culminating in performances at that

prestigious venue. She was drawn to the keyboard at four and has since studied at Juilliard with

Joseph Kalichstein, at the Mannes College of Music with Richard Goode, and at Stony Brook

University with Gilbert Kalish.

A virtuoso trumpeter, pianist, and composer/arranger, Brandon Ridenour joined the

Canadian Brass at 16 and for seven years played around the world and recorded 10 albums with

this important ensemble. He has been a soloist with the National Symphony, the Los Angeles

Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis and Edmonton Symphonies and has played with the New

York Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among many others. He recently

appeared with Sting and James Taylor in a performance of Penny Lane at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Ridenour is the winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild solo competition and a

recipient of the Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award. He has recorded three solo CDs.

His latest, Fantasies and Fairy Tales, features his own arrangements for trumpet and piano. He

holds his degree from Juilliard.

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