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Lara Downes set to play Mondavi Center - Capital Public Radio interview

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Interview with CPR's- Insights

Pianist Lara Downes will perform a musical Valentine at the Mondavi Center this weekend; the concert is titled "Love Madly." Her Mom is also on her mind; she suffered a stroke in November and Downes posted a loving message about the earliest days and her Mom's recovery since.  

Lara Downes has been called "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship" by NPR, and praised by the Washington Post for her stunning performances "rendered with drama and nuance". Known for her eclectic presentations of the piano repertoire - from iconic favorites to newly-commissioned works – her solo performances bridge musical genres and traditions, and engage a wide range of audiences with what San Francisco Classical Voice has called "an elegant example of how accessibility and a breezy relevance can exist, organically, in a classical music concert.' Downes is the 2016 laureate of the Sphinx Organization Medals of Excellence award, recognizing her influence as an extraordinary artist of her generation and her leadership in expanding audiences for classical music.

Downes joins Capital Public Radio - Insight host, Beth Ruyak, in the studio. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT