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.
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.