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    Sunday, August 07, 2022

    La Grua's Music Matter series present Chopin concertos Saturday

    Olga Vinokur (Boris Gnip)

    The intellectual high point of my 19th and 20th years was paying a parking ticket at Baylor University in pennies because I felt that I did not deserve the ticket. That the fine was paid in pennies (500 of them) resulted in a contempt of court charge.

    By contrast, the highlights of Frederic Chopin's 19th and 20th years were that he composed Piano Concerto No. 1 in E, Op. 11, and Piano Concerto No. 2 in F, Op. 21.

    Sigh ...

    On Saturday in Stonington's La Grua Center, the superb pianists Olga Vinokur and Jiayan Sun will nuance the two Chopin piano concertos in solo and orchestral fashion — and presumably they won't be charged with contempt of court for doing so.

    Vinokur and Sun are longtime favorites with La Grua audiences, and the opportunity to hear them play these magical works on two extraordinary instruments, an 1882 Erard concert grand and the "house" 1886 Chickering concert grand, is a holiday present unto itself.

    Note: Masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

    "Both Chopin Piano Concertos," 5 p.m. Saturday, La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington; with Olga Vinokur and Jiayun Sun, Music Matters; $20, no reserved seating; (860) 535-2300, lagruacenter.org.

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