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Shandalee Music Festival ends season at Bethel Woods

Anna Shelest
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August 27, 2014

BETHEL, NY — For the grand finale of its 21st anniversary season, the Shandelee Music Festival partners with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to co-produce a concert featuring internationally award-winning artists Lana Trotovšek, violin, and Anna Shelest, piano.

The “Afternoon of Chamber Music” will take place at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery on Sunday, September 7, beginning at 3 p.m.

Anna Shelest has been hailed by The New York Times as a pianist of “a fiery sensibility and warm touch.” Recent engagements included debuts at Alice Tully Hall, Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. At the age of 11, Shelest performed at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris as the youngest prize winner of the Milosz Magin International Piano Competition. She has been a soloist with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In June 2011, she was the first musician to present a recital at the newly rebuilt 7 World Trade Center in New York City.

Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovšek, winner of several international competitions and prizes, made her debut in 2012 with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, meeting with standing ovations and ecstatic reviews. She has an extensive chamber music repertoire, and was the leader of the Greenwich Piano Trio, which won a number of prizes and awards including the George Solti Award. From 2011 to 2013, Trotovšek was the leader of the Badke Quartet, the winners of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. She plays on a Pietro Antonio dalla Costa violin made in 1750, on loan from a private benefactor.

Trotovšek and Shelest will perform Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5, Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres,” Franck’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” and Gershwin’s “Concert Fantasy on Themes from Porgy & Bess,” arranged by Igor Frolov.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $10 for students 17 and under, and can be purchased from the Shandelee Music Festival at or by calling 845/439-3277. Tickets are also available at, Ticketmaster or by calling 845/745-3000.