A little night music with Roman Rudnytsky

INTERNATIONALLY renowned pianist Roman Rudnytsky held a classical concert at the multi-purpose center on Feb. 14.

It is his ninth trip to the CNMI where he donates his time by holding concerts and meeting with students from public and private schools.

On Wednesday evening, Rudnytsky played some of the compositions of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Albeniz, Chopin and Beethoven.

Before playing each tune, Rudnytsky provided background information. He also explained how melody and harmony evoke different emotions.

Rudnytsky told the audience that during his recent visits to the island’s schools, many children expressed interest in music.

He said the children also asked many profound questions. “One of them asked me, ‘Why was the piano invented?’ which was surprising because I was expecting the usual question, ‘When was it invented?’ ”

In an interview, Rudnytsky said he has already visited Marianas High School, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, Grace Christian Academy, Agape Christian Academy, Saipan Southern High School, Tanapag Middle School, Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, Dandan Middle School and Hopwood Middle School.

He said he wants to inspire students to learn to play an instrument.

“It is not a traditional subject, but the arts are important for a person. If you’re exposed to something like that, it’ll give you something inside. You may not immediately recognize it, but you absorb it, and that is what the arts do.”

Rudnytsky said CNMI schools have strong music programs. “There seems to be a music teacher everywhere, especially in high schools. I have seen that over the years. Some of them travel to Guam for the Tumon Bay festival and they do quite well. It shows that there is a good music program here, and there are good teachers.”

He added, “Teachers have to work with certain limitations, finances, for example, but they do what they can.”

For children who want to learn to play a musical instrument, he advises them to work with a teacher. “Also, you have to practice. You have to be committed. It is what I always say to the kids.”

Rudnytsky will hold another classical concert on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the multi-purpose center. The cost is $6 for adult Friends of the Arts members, $8 for adult non-members, $4 for students and children over age 4. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The Friends of the Arts hosts Rudnytsky’s stay on Saipan.

For more information, contact Frank Gibson at 287-7476 or e-mail [email protected].

Source: Marianas Variety :

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