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Lara Downes plays Exiles' Cafe benefit concert to support Akron school / WCLV Interview

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Pianist Lara Downes has been acclaimed for the "drama and nuance" of her playing (Washington Post) and her "gift for telling stories in a highly compressed form" (New York Times). Downes presents a program of music from her acclaimed recording Exiles' Café - works by composers whose music reflects the transformative passage of exile, the journey from what is left behind to what is discovered ahead, vanished worlds and altered lives, the fragility of destiny and the possibility of new beginnings. Exiles Café traces the Jewish diaspora through music by Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and considers the effects of exile on master composers including Frederic Chopin, Serge Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky.

Downes' Lippman School concert is a benefit for the K-8 independent school whose educational program is unsurpassed in the Greater Akron Area. Lippman offers a global perspective and individual attention, featuring small classes, carefully selected teachers, and a fast-paced curriculum. With value added character development, international perspective and a robust sense of community, students easily connect with their peer group and gain confidence through a sense of belonging.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE Lara Downes interview on WCLV: Cleveland, and tune in on Friday, July 3 at 2:00 to hear another LD interview on WCLV's "First Fridays" with host Angela Mitchell.