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UGA to host ‘electrifying’ piano-playing Naughton sisters

POSTED: March 1, 2012 11:30 p.m.
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Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform at 8 p.m. March 6 in Ramsey Concert Hall in Athens.

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ATHENS — The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the internationally acclaimed piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton at 8 p.m. March 6 in Ramsey Concert Hall.

The twin sisters have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their "stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry."

Christina and Michelle Naughton began piano studies at the age of 4. During the 2008-09 season, they appeared at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre with the New Jersey Symphony and at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Inquirer praised the duo as "paired to perfection."

The Naughtons made their European debut in 2010 at Herkulesaal in Munich, where the Sueddeutsche Zeitung proclaimed them "an outstanding piano duo."

Later that year they made their Asian debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, where the Sing Tao Daily stated: "Joining two hearts and four hands at two grand pianos, the Naughton sisters created an electrifying and moving musical performance."

Christina and Michelle Naughton are graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music and were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They currently reside in New York City.

The Naughtons' Athens program will include works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms, Bolcom, Mozart and Ravel.

The recital will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media's Performance Today, heard by over 1.3 million listeners across the country.

Tickets for the Naughton recital are $25 and are free for UGA students with valid UGA ID. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or 888-289-8497.



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