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The Dranoff 2 Foundation Presents "2 Pianos And The Voices Of Seraphic Fire", Sunday, February 4th

The Dranoff 2 Foundation Presents "2 Pianos And The Voices Of Seraphic Fire", Sunday, February 4th

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) On Sunday, February 4th the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation and Seraphic Fire will partner to perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the New World Center on Miami Beach. The concert "2 Pianos and the Voices of Seraphic Fire" will be a 2PM matinee pre-Super Bowl Performance of classical power and triumph.

Renowned Ukrainian piano duo, Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir, will perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony and great works of Johannes Brahms for two pianos and voices full of romance, jubilation and pride. The concert will celebrate with Americans Super Bowl Sunday - five hours before kick off - with Beethoven's anthem to communal joy and festivity.

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125
This music is widely viewed as one of the greatest works in the western canon Beethoven's 9th is the first example have a great artist using voices in a symphony and in his fourth movement gave us the eternal hymn and anthem: the Ode to Joy

Duo Chipak and Kushnir will perform a 2-piano arrangement of the Symphony transcribed by Franz Liszt. Choral and solo parts will be sung by a quartet of some of Seraphic Fire's greatest voices: Sarah Brailey (Soprano), Amanda Crider (Mezzo Soprano), Brad Diamond (Tenor), and James Bass (Bass).

The concert will be preceded by a rooftop reception for VIP ticket holders at 1 PM. Tickets for "2 Pianos and the Voices of Seraphic Fire" are available at the New World Center's box office at 305-673-3331 or online at

"2 Pianos and the Voices of Seraphic Fire" begins at 2 PM on Sunday, February 4th at New World Center located at 500 17 St., Miami Beach, FL 33139

The running time is two hours including a 20-minute intermission
VIP tickets are $50 w/ preferred seating and pre-concert reception
General admission tickets are $35. Students $5 with ID.
Miami Dade Public School teachers are $5 with ID.
For 30 years, the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation has been the world's leading champion of 2 piano repertoire and artistry. Located in Florida's Greater Miami-Dade County, it is one of the area's few performing arts organizations whose activities span the globe and create recognition abroad for the city of Miami.

Duo Chipak & Kushnir
When Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir first met in 1998 while studying at the L'viv Music Academy in Ukraine, they could not have imagined where their musical partnership would take them. What they certainly knew, however, was that from that point on they would not only pursue a career as solo artists but also devote themselves to an equal degree to performing chamber music. They soon won their first international competition together ("Roma 98"). In 2003, the duo won the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition. Today, Chipak & Kushnir perform as a duo in concert halls across Europe. While balancing their growing family they teach piano duo performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany with Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl.

Seraphic Fire
Seraphic Fire aims to present high-quality performances of under-performed music with cultural significance. Simultaneously, Seraphic Fire encourages the occupational advancement of musicians by providing a forum for the development and presentation of their talents, and promotes community well-being through musical education programs.

James K. Bass is a three-time Grammy nominated singer and conductor, is Professor and Director of Choral Studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. He is the Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the Miami based ensemble Seraphic Fire and is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers.

Sarah Brailey hailed by The New York Times for her "radiant, liquid tone," "exquisitely phrased," and "sweetly dazzling" singing, soprano Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a soloist and chamber music artist across all genres of music. She has performed Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall, Handel's Messiah with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and with Kanye West and Roomful of Teeth at the Hollywood Bowl.

Brad Diamond a talented tenor and Seraphic Fire regular known for his musicianship and style, Dr. Diamond has performed Messiah with the Roanoke Music College, Buffalo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Nashville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Princeton Pro Musica.

Amanda Crider is praised for her "focused golden toned voice," American mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider is quickly gaining recognition for her extraordinary musicality and assured dramatic presence. Upcoming in the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Crider will make her Los Angeles Opera debut as Alma in Persona, sing Angelina in Cenerentola with Opera Orlando, return to Apollo's Fire for Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, appear as mezzo soloist with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Messiah, and join Seraphic Fire for her seventh season.

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