Park ICM sets Valentine’s concerts


Posted by Bob Evans

Valentines Bounty for Classical Music Lovers
Two Valentine Concerts Presented by Park ICM:

February 14th Featuring Two Up & Coming ICM Student Superstars at Park U

February 21st Featuring Dynamic Husband & Wife Duo Ben & Lolita Sayevich

 Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2020 Season would continue in February by offering not one, but two special Valentines concerts. “If you are a classical music lover, we have a veritable buffet to choose from during Valentine’s week,” said Park ICM Founder and Artistic Director, Stanislav Ioudenitch. High res photos can be found at Park ICM photos.

On Friday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m., the Park International Center for Music Orchestra will present a program of music with a Valentine’s Day theme, at 7:30 p.m., in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University. Rising star pianists Simon Karakulidi and Anastasia Vorotnaya will open the concert, performing solo piano works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, as well as the fiery and virtuosic Transcendental Etude No. 10 of Franz Lizst, named “The Appassionata.” Then the ICM Orchestra will perform 45 minutes of music to complete this condensed, one-act performance, perfect to complete your Valentine celebration.

Among the works performed by the orchestra will be the well-known “Salut d’amour” of Sir Edward Elgar, the “Vocalise” of Rachmaninoff (played with violin solo), and the joyous “Liebesfreude” arranged by the virtuoso violinist Fritz Kreisler.  The moving “Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana” by Mascagni, and the favorite “Meditation from Thais” by Massenet will also be heard.  A very special instrument, the Viola d’Amore, will be played by ICM faculty member violist Peter Chun in a concerto by Vivaldi, giving the audience the opportunity to hear this rarely played baroque instrument in a live concert.

The many and varied moods of Valentine’s Day are all featured in this very special concert, and everyone is invited to include this program in their holiday plans. A dessert reception will follow in the foyer of the Chapel. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited. No reservation needed.

On Friday, February 21st, 7:30 p.m., the thrilling combination of husband and wife duo, Ben Sayevich, violin, and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, piano, will be taking the stage at The 1900 Building in Mission Woods, Kansas. The highlight of the evening will be the famed Violin Sonata by Richard Strauss. Written between 1887 and 1888 at the young age of 23, it is noted for its lyrical beauty and its technical demands made on both violinist and pianist. It was during this time, that Strauss fell in love with Pauline de Ahna, the soprano whom he would later wed, and his amorous feelings can be heard throughout the piece. It’s a perfect choice for a Valentine’s week concert.

Also on the program is Francis Poulenc’s Violin Sonata. Poulenc was a French composer and accomplished pianist. His compositions included songs, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. His Violin Sonata was composed in 1942–1943 in memory of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, with whom Poulenc was friends. 

Ticket Information

For the February 21st Concert at the 1900 Building, General Admission tickets are $30. Student tickets are available for $10 (with valid ID, one ticket per ID). All tickets may be purchased in advance at  or at the door prior to the performances based on availability. The Box Office opens 30-minutes prior to all performances. Tickets at the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel are free, underwritten by Park University.

Simon Karakulidi
Born in 1997 in Novorossiysk, Russia, pianist Simon Karakulidi began his studies with Professor Mira Marchenko at Central Musical School in Moscow in 2013. Simon is a prize-winner of the First Vladimir Krainev Piano Competition in Moscow (2nd prize and two special awards), and “Astana Piano Passion” piano competition (1st prize). Simon participated in master-classes with world-acclaimed musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Arie Vardi, William Grant Nabore and Pavel Nercessian. In June 2018 Simon was awarded Enlight Prize at the Art of Piano Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2019 Simon was awarded the 1st Prize from Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition and the Grand Prize of Naftzger Competition. In the summer of 2019 Simon was a finalist in the competition at IKIF in New York City. This December Simon was awarded the 1st prize at Wideman Piano Concerto Competition. Since August 2016 Simon is studying with Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University under full scholarship. 

Anastasia Vorotnaya

Pianist Anastasia Vorotnaya was born in 1995 in Togliatty, Russia, and at the age of six began studies at Togliatty’s Musical Academy.  In 2004 she began her study with Vasily Ermakov at the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory.  During this period she was awarded first prizes in numerous competitions, and she released her first CD in June of 2010.  More recent accomplishments include a performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with Andras Schiff, and prizes at the international piano competitions “Jeudi du Piano,” “Gegen den Strom,” and “Juries in Competition.” Anastasia currently studies with Stansilav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University.

Ben Sayevich and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich

Violinist Ben Sayevich has established himself as one of the most distinguished violinists and teachers of his generation. Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, he studied violin in Vilnius from the age of 6 at the Churlonis School for the Performing Arts. At 12 he immigrated to Israel with his family and studied with Felix Andrievsky. At age 21, after serving in the Israeli Army, he went to the United States to study with Dorothy DeLay, later moving to the New England Conservatory to continue studies with her (1981-85) and with Eric Rosenblith (1985-87). He is a recipient of the prestigious artist diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he was Rosenblith’s teaching assistant. Sayevich has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and the Far East and has appeared on radio and television as a soloist and chamber musician.

 He is a founding member of the Park Piano Trio, established at Park University in 2006, and is violinist of the London-based Rosamunde Piano Trio. With the Rosamunde Trio he has performed widely in Europe, including appearances on BBC Radio London, Irish Public Radio in Cork and the Abbado Festival Bologna. He is also a founding member of Quartet Accorda, which began in the 1990s and was officially incorporated in 2002. Sayevich has taught at the University of Kansas, the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway, at the New England Conservatory, the Hartt School of Music and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, in Vermont.

 Sayevich is joined in concert by his wife, Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, a reputed concert pianist in her own right. Originally from Uzbekistan, Lisovskaya-Sayevich is part of the impressive faculty at Park International Center for Music. Serving as Director of Collaborative Piano, she works with students during the rehearsal process and accompanies them on piano during performances. Lolita was hired by Park ICM because, “she had a special talent for musical collaboration . . . when you make music together with other people, you have to have a very similar imagination,” said Ben Sayevich. Lolita was born into a Tashkent musical family and began studying piano at the age of four. She won the first prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition. She entered the Tchaikovsky Special Music School and two years later was accepted to the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory under the tutelage of Vera Cornosteaeva, with whom she continued postgraduate study. She also studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park International Center for Music. Lolita has played as a soloist with orchestras all over the world.


Park ICM was established ( at Park University in 2003. This All-Steinway School trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. Park ICM offers degree, certificate and diploma programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Our courses of study are focused in the areas of performance in violin, viola, cello and piano. At the core of all ICM programs is one-on-one studio instruction providing vital interactions between the student and master faculty, now in its 16th season. This extremely exclusive music academy selects just over 30 students each year to study in the historic European apprenticeship tradition. Each student receives individual studio instruction twice weekly. Park’s amazing campus provides focused and uninterrupted practice time 24-hours daily in a serene and extremely supportive environment. The international faculty’s incredible network of acquaintances throughout the world provide for master classes with renowned guest artists in each performance degree. The European tradition demands public concerts as part of student training that creates performances alongside faculty in sublime intimate concerts throughout Kansas City. Ultimately, the Park ICM master faculty mentors inspiring apprentice musicians and trains them in music and performance. The master faculty also coaches musicianship and career development so that the students will become award-winning musicians, traveling the world and entertaining the most discerning music lovers across all continents.

 Visit for more information about Park ICM’s 2019-2020 performance season. High-resolution photos of the performers can be obtained by contacting Ellen McDonald at 816-213-4355 or



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