Russian Cellist Featured in Park University’s International Center for Music Concert

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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Arkadi KuchynskiHighly acclaimed Russian cellist Arkadi Kuchynski will be the featured performer in the next performance of the Park University International Center for Music’s 2015-16 concert season series. The concert, billed as “An Evening of Russian Music,” will be held Saturday, April 2, in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus starting at 7:30 p.m.

Kuchynski, who has served as associate professor of cello at Tunghai University in Taiwan since 1995, has been playing the cello since the age of 7. He was the laureate of the Belarus National Cello Competition and International Cello Competition of Estonia in 1976, and the Latvia International Cello Competition in 1982. He served as the principal cellist for the State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus from 1982-94, and as a member of the Belarus State Piano Trio and Classic Avant-Garde Chamber Ensemble from 1987-90. He is also founded and conducted the AKSO String Orchestra, and continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician.

The concert will include the following selections, all accompanied by Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM collaborative pianist:
          •  “Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119” composed by Sergei Prokofiev
          •  “Nocturne, Op. 19, No. 4” composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
          •  “Seranade Espagnole, Op. 20” composed by Alexander Glazunov
          •  “Romance, Op. posth.” Composed by Alexander Scriabin
          •  “Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in D Minor, No. 1, Op. 32” composed by Anton Arenski (Ben Sayevich, ICM professor of music/violin, will join on the piece)

Individual tickets for the general public are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID are admitted free.

The final concert on the ICM’s 2015-16 season series schedule will be the ICM Young Artist Showcase on Saturday, April 16, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Chapel. The concert will feature the University’s talented and award-winning student musicians. While the ICM Young Artist Showcase will be the last concert of the this year’s series, the ICM will hold its gala concert on Wednesday, May 4, starting at 8 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are now on sale through the Kauffman Center’s website,

Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.