JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Chopin Society of Atlanta, a nonprofit that promotes music education, will host two events this February.
Saturday, Feb. 2 the society will hold its annual gala at Dunwoody Country Club. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will include dinner, a piano recital, silent auction, door prizes and dancing.
“They can listen to the short concert and hear who they sponsored, and then we’ll have dancing to the beautiful music chosen by our specially prepared DJ,” said Dorota Lato, president and founder of the Chopin Society.
The gala, usually attended by more than 150 people, is an opportunity to celebrate the society’s patrons, whose support funds guest performances, discount youth tickets, student competitions and advanced piano education for students around the Atlanta area. Individual tickets are $95 with group rates available.
Later in the month, the Chopin Society will be hosting two guest pianists at the Johns Creek United Methodist church. The recital will feature Kyung-Ah Kim and Julien Libeer.
Kim, a professor at Seoul National University, has performed at festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She has collaborated with well-known conductors such as John Williams, James Oren and Petr Atrichter.
Libeer, Belgian pianist, has performed at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and Barbican Hall in London. This season, he will be releasing two albums: a second installment of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatos and a concerto compilation.
“The Chopin Society presents different ways of performing Chopin’s music, performed by great, great artists,” Lato said. “Each is a different experience: different personalities, different ages, different continents.”
The recitals will be Sunday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Regular tickets are $25, with discounts for society members and students.
March 24, Johns Creek United Methodist will host a performance by Margarita Shevchenko, a professor at Michigan State University and recipient of several piano awards.
For more information about the events or to purchase tickets, visit chopinatlanta.org. Tickets tend to sell out before the show, according to Lato.
The Chopin Society, which was established in 2000, is one of the founding organizations of the Johns Creek Cultural Arts Alliance. Each year they put on concerts and provide scholarships for local pianist to study in Europe.
“In the heart of our mission lies educating and promoting classical music for the young generation, for the young students,” Lato said. “So we offer for them inexpensive tickets so they can attend our concerts and events.”