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Find musical ‘Hidden Gems’

Guest violinist Nikita Pogrebnoy will join the Fraser Valley Symphony to perform the Stamitz Concerto, as well as the poignant Benda Grave - Contributed
Guest violinist Nikita Pogrebnoy will join the Fraser Valley Symphony to perform the Stamitz Concerto, as well as the poignant Benda Grave
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The Fraser Valley Symphony celebrates its 30th anniversary season with  “Hidden Gems,” a spring concert Sunday presenting beautiful and exquisitely written music from the classical and romantic periods.

The symphony features two Maple Ridge musicians: Leanne Drewlo, on violin, and Susannah Blary, on horn.

Guest soloist Nikita Pogrebnoy will join the symphony to perform the Stamitz Concerto, as well as the poignant Benda Grave.

An award-winning violist of the Borealis String Quartet, Pogrebnoy was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he graduated from the city’s world-famous conservatory.  After hearing his performance, Victor Rosenbaum, the director of the Longy School of Music, invited Pogrebnoy to the United States and awarded him a full scholarship to study in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Pogrebnoy is the winner of the Valentino Bucchi International Competition in Rome, Italy.

Since then he has appeared as both soloist and with various chamber ensembles across Russia, Spain, Central America and the United States.  He has also performed at numerous festivals, including the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine, and the Colorado Music Festival among others.  He has been broadcast on both television and radio in the United States, including the National Public Radio which aired nationwide.

• Hidden Gems plays 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Info.: www.fraservalleysymphony.org or call 1-604-859-3877 (FVSS).

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