Natasha Paremski

The Fairbanks Symphony Association kicks off its 2019-20 season with a fall classics edition of the Sitka Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Davis Concert Hall on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The special performance features world-class pianist’s Natasha Paremski and Eduard Zilberkant in an intimate performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concertos No. 4 & No. 2,” in the version for two pianos. Paremski will perform the solo piano part, and FSO Music Director Zilberkant will perform the orchestral accompaniment on piano. This performance is sponsored by Associates in Endodontics.

Paremski is no stranger to Fairbanks audiences. She’s appeared numerous times in Fairbanks as a soloist with the FSO and also as a solo piano recitalist. Critics have hailed her performances as “fiery & wildly dynamic” (London Classical Source), and “ ... a deeply personal Rachmaninoff Third, by turns pensive and tempestuous, warmly songful and brazenly fast” (Chicago Tribune). You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to hear and see this rare performance.

The Fairbanks Symphony’s new season kicks into high gear on Oct. 6 with its season opener, “Science & Symphony.” This concert is a multimedia event sure to please the senses. It features images and video of our universe, compiled and presented by Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, with Zilberkant and the orchestra performing music specially selected to accompany the visuals projected on to the screen over the Davis Hall stage. Musical selections include Claire du Luneand Nocturnesby French composer Claude Debussy, Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz,” Canadian composer John Estacio’s Solaris, Borealis,and Wondrous Light, and “Mars” and “Jupiter” from the “Planets” by Gustav Holst. This concert is sponsored by Phyllis Pendergrast DMD PC, Charles W. Lemke, and Hannah Summerfelt DMD.

For tickets and more information, please visit The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra website at

George Rydlinski is marketing manager and principal bassoonist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. He can be reached at 474-5852 or