SBSO and Toradze Piano Extravaganza May 3

Alexander ToradzeOn Saturday, May 3, Alexander Toradze, the Toradze Piano Studio, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra combine their talents for a breathtaking ‘piano extravaganza’ featuring the premier of IU South Bend composer Jorge Muñiz’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra.

The concert will feature South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Tsung Yeh and Toradze studio pianist Ilia Ulianitsky in the premiere of Muñiz’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, entitled “American Nights.” This work explores three American night scenes in the cities of Chicago (Chi-Town, with elements of hip-hop and jazz), St. Joseph, Michigan (an homage to Chopin and his nocturnes), and Miami, Florida (a great fiesta of salsa and merengue).

“American Nights” reflects on the night life of three American cities: Chicago, with its lively hip-hop scene; St. Joseph, Michigan, where the St. Joseph River flows into Lake Michigan, and finally Miami, famous for Latin influenced music and dance.

In addition to the premier of Muniz’s new concerto, Saturday’s concert features Toradze studio pianist Natasha Stojanovska performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Konzertstuck in F minor for Piano and Orchestra, J. 282, Opus 79.  Toradze studio pianist and Senior Lecturer in Music Ketevan Badridze will perform the first movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Opus 21.  Finally, Toradze studio pianist Siwon Kim will perform the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with the concert reaching its climax when Martin Endowed Professor of Piano AlexanderToradze performs the second and third movements.

Read more about the concert in the South Bend Tribune's In the Bend

The concert is Saturday, May 3, at the Morris Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at or by calling 574-232-6343.