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New Bedford fund-raiser of classical piano and wine

Posted by guest  March 2, 2010 07:45 AM

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            Call it a night of wine, woman,  and song: Israeli pianist Pnina Becher will play five sonatas from the works of 18th-century Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti at the Marion Art Center March 5 from 8-10 p.m. for the benefit of New Bedford's Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Each selection will be coordinated with the serving of an appropriate wine from Cardoza's Wine and Spirits in Fairhaven, and a culinary tasting from Morton's Fork Catering in New Bedford.

            Proceeds benefit the Zeiterion's education and outreach programs, said the Z's director, Katherine Knowles. Over the last three years, in partnership with the community, the Z has established itself as a leader in performing arts not just in New Bedford but the Southcoast area, she said.

            Becher was born to American parents and was dubbed a prodigy early in her childhood, going on to win medals and scholarships in prestigious piano competitions throughout Israel. After a two-year stint in the military, she returned to music and entered the Tel Aviv Rubin Academy of Music, studying with Emanuel Krasovsky, Peter Vinograde and Dean Elder, touring the world as a soloist and with orchestras.

            Tickets to the event are $150 per person ($100 of which is tax deductible) and can be bought only by phone or in person at the Z box office at 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Marion Art Center is located on Front Street in Marion. For more information, contact Dori Legge at 508-994-2900.

Posted by Paul E. Kandarian, Globe correspondent

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