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VIP Reception: 2:00pm

Performance: 3:00pm

$50 VIP Seating w/ Reception | $35 General Admission | $20 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)


World-leading champion of two-piano repertoire and artistry for thirty years, The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation is partnering with the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts for the FIU Music Festival. Renowned Piano Duo Chipak & Kushnir will perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as transcribed for 2 pianos by Franz Liszt with local and national singers performing Beethoven’s most famous ‘Ode to Joy.’ The rest of the program will include a world premiere of Robert Chumbley’s “Whisper and Cries,” based on Beethoven’s ongoing descent into deafness.



Susan Hellman, Soprano
Amanda Crider, Mezzo Soprano
Tyler Nelson, Tenor
Jonathan Beyer, Bass


Piano Duo: Olha Chipak &  Kushnir

The duo 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.


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