Concert pianist Alexander Tutunov will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at the Doerfler Family Theater at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, featuring a variety of musical selections. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln County Historical Society and Dr. Frank Jo Maitland Geltner.
The event celebrates the Maitland 1918 Steinway grand piano donated by Frank and Michelle Harris Geltner in 2019. The Steinway resided at Maitland’s Mountain Home Ranch from 1918 until it was moved to Seal Rock about two decades ago .
Alexander Tutunov is no stranger to Lincoln County. He has performed with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and performed regularly on Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society (OCCMS) programs. OCCMS has worked to bring chamber music back to the house where chamber music began.
He is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. He was a first prize winner of the National Piano Competition of Belarus and a laureate of the National Piano Competition of Russia. Tutunov’s playing has been described as “exhilarating and inspirational, demonstrating a unique talent”.
Dr. Tutunov maintains a busy schedule of performing in Europe, China, Mexico and the United States as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra, as well as on radio and television. Dr. Tutunov is also wanted as a judge for piano competitions. Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is a piano teacher and artist-in-residence at Southern Oregon University.
While the concert will primarily feature Dr. Tutunov, he will be joined by cellist Adrienne Welsh for a piece by Agate Beach composer Ernest Bloch. “Prayer” is one of three pieces “From Jewish Life: Three Sketches for Violoncello and Piano”. This coin is dedicated to the Ukrainian people.
The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center at 333 SE Bay Blvd will be open to the public free of charge from noon to 4 p.m. on April 24. Donations will be accepted at the door to defray some of the expenses of the event. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Lincoln County residents to enjoy the Doerfler Family Theater and some of the stage improvements made since the pandemic began.