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'Grand Duet' to feature Itzhak Perlman protégé and Grammy nominated pianist

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On February 28 in Evanston's Nichols Concert Hall, the Lisker Music Foundation (LMF) will present a "Grand Duet" concert featuring violinist David Lisker and Lithuanian pianist Andrius Zlabys. Lisker, a protégé of Itzhak Perlman, and Zlabys, a Grammy nominee, will perform a tantalizing mix of romantic and modern duets.

The program includes Schnittke's Suite in the Old-Style, Beethoven's Sonata No. 7 in C minor for violin and piano, De Falla’s Suite Populaire and Danse Espagnole, Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1, and Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella.

Zlabys has performed with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, and Rotterdam Symphony. His appearances in renowned venues have included Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, and Wigmore Hall. The Chicago Tribune hailed him as "one of the most gifted young keyboard artists to emerge in years, while the Philadelphia Inquirer praised his "generous and all-encompassing" sound."

David Lisker is founder of the Lisker Music Foundation, a non-profit organization which brings musicians from across the globe to perform in Chicago. Lisker studied with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School of Music and Pinchas Zuckerman at the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed at concerts halls including Carnegie Hall, the Mann Auditorium in Israel, and the Shanghai Theatre in China. Other appearances have included Live from Lincoln Center on PBS and Bob Sherman's Young Artist Showcase on WQXR in New York.

"Grand Duet" takes place on February 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., in Evanston. General admission tickets cost $30 and may be purchased by calling 847-272-7003 or at


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