Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Concert pianist Misha Dichter to debut in Sun Valley

Dichter to play benefit show for SV Artist Series

Express Staff Writer

Misha Dichter will make his Sun Valley debut on Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Photo by

Sun Valley is attracting talented musicians from around the world, creating a classical music center. Adding to the existing performers for this summer's Sun Valley Pavilion concerts will be internationally acclaimed concert pianist Misha Dichter. Dichter will debut in Sun Valley in a benefit concert for the Sun Valley Artist Series on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 9. General seating is $47, $74 and $93 and patron seating is $225 with $125 tax deductible, which includes a post-concert Pavilion Terrace Reception with Dichter. In addition, a $475 ticket with $375 tax deductible includes a Friday, Sept. 3, cocktail party with Dichter and post-concert Pavilion Terrace reception. Tickets are available at or by calling 622-2108.

Dichter will give a solo piano recital at the Sun Valley Pavilion comprised of a lineup of compositions from Brahms, Schubert, Bartok, Liszt and Beethoven.

"I will be counting on a Steinway to perform," Dichter said with a laugh. "This music represents a range of Western music that is the most interesting to me. In the second half of the performance I will juxtapose Bartok and Liszt, who were countrymen but separated by decades."

Dichter's extensive resume of education, training, performances, recordings, collaborations and writing is one of a very accomplished and world-renowned classical musician.

"Classical music is good music," he said. "It should not be treated as if it's frozen in time. We rely on intelligent people to seek it out."

Dichter is a graduate of The Julliard School, and at age 20 while at the school he won the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, launching an international career. In 1968, Dichter made his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

He said music for him is a pleasure and passion. He is an active chamber musician and performs with his wife, Cipa Dichter, a pianist. He is frequently a guest artist with major orchestras and symphonies around the world. He plays music festivals and concert series, and teaches master classes.

"I am an advocate that people should come to performances with a completely open mind," he said. "Don't be intimidated by any ideas. Be a listener."

Dichter's down-to-earth approach to music for such an accomplished musician is part of his appeal.

"I am finding things out every day," he said. "The beauty of the sounds of classical music is advanced, like understanding a poem."

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