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The Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra will feature soloist Natalia Heikes on piano.

Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra to perform in Wadena May 5

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The Long Prairie Chamber orchestra will present a concert entitled Celebrating the Classics at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium under the direction of Justin Kennedy as part of the Wadena Area Concert Association subscription series.

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For this performance, people who are not Concert Association members may purchase tickets at the door.

A second concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle high school auditorium.

The audience will hear a variety of musical styles including Renaissance, Classical and Romantic. For this spring concert, the LPCO is delighted to feature Natalia Heikes on piano. She will be performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20. Other music on the program includes Ancient Aires and Dances by Ottorino Respighi, Overture to La Gazza Ladra by Gioachino Rossini, and Slavonic Dance No's. 2 and 8 by Antonin Dvorak.

The LPCO was formed in 1974 by two couples from Long Prairie. In recent years, the LPCO has gained membership from musicians in surrounding communities Perham, Wadena, Aldrich, Hewitt, Osakis, Little Falls, Walker, and Sauk Centre. Over the years, audiences have been inspired by performers on violin, viola, cello, duo-piano, guitar and voice. This concert is one of four that are performed annually. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Long Prairie and is always looking for additional musicians. For more information visit www.thelpco.org.

About Natalia Heikes

Soloist Natalia Heikes was born in Russia and moved to the United States in 2000. She received her initial classical piano training at the Volzhsky School of Music in Russia. During this period of study, Natalia performed in a number of regional musical competitions and received numerous awards. She finished at the School of Music as an Honor Student.

Keeping her love and passion for music through the years, Natalia moved to Wadena in 2006 and resumed her studies, receiving her BM in Piano Performance with a secondary emphasis in organ at Minnesota State University - Moorhead. In the fall of 2011, Natalia resumed her studies at North Dakota State University, where she is pursuing a Master's in Piano Performance under Dr. Froelich while working as a teaching assistant in the department. Natalia also teaches in the Music Academy for children affiliated with North Dakota State University.

In 2010, Natalia joined the St. Cecilia Trio, performing with cellist Peter Kirchner and flutist Lisa Winter in area communities. Currently, the Trio is performing to promote contemporary American and Minnesota composers as well as playing a more traditional repertoire.

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