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A magical, musical duo

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

Belarussian clarinetists and London-born Japanese pianists are not the sorts of musicians usually expected in Northumberland County, but such a pair charmed the audience at the Rappahannock Concert Association’s show in the Northumberland High School auditorium Saturday night.

Pianist Misuzu Tanaka and clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov demonstrated how entertaining piano and clarinet duos can be. The pair have made it their goal to turn such concerts from a rare occurrence into popular musical events.

Tanaka, who began studying the piano at age five, earned degrees and plaudits in Japan and the United States. Shtrykov first became an acclaimed clarinetist in Belarus and then began winning international competitions.

The audience, which was smaller than that of many Rappahannock Concert Association’s shows (probably due to the evening having been on Easter Eve) was generously responsive to the duo’s offerings.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 4/24/19

Pianist Misuzu Tanaka and clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov wowed the audience

at the Rappahannock Concert Association’s show on Saturday.