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CIPC to present Martha Argerich in Cleveland debut with Sergei Babayan / Cleveland Classical

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The Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) announced today that it will present legendary pianist Martha Argerich in her Cleveland debut in a duo piano performance with her friend and colleague Sergei Babayan on Monday, October 30, at 7:30 pm in Severance Hall. "It's unbelievable that this is Martha's first performance in Cleveland," CIPC president and CEO Pierre van der Westhuizen said during an interview. "And having her play with Sergei, a CIPC winner who has gone on to have his own spectacular career, makes it even more special. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The program will include Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448 and the Larghetto and Allegro for Two Pianos, as well as Babayan's two-piano transcriptions of music of Prokofiev. Those include a Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64; selections from the incidental music to Hamlet, Op. 77 and Eugene Onegin, Op. 71; and film music from Queen of Spades, Op. 70. The latter three arrangements will be U.S. premieres.

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