Russian pianist Anton Batagov premieres new work at Cragsmoor’s Stone Church

Master Russian pianist and composer Anton Batagov will perform at the historic Stone Church in Cragsmoor on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. One in a series of unique and intimate solo piano recitals that Batagov has performed in the past few years, the program will include the debut of his new release, “The Evening Hymn.”

As a pianist, Bagatov’s interpretations of Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Messiaen and Ravel, as well as composers of the Russian avant-garde and American Minimalists John Cage and Philip Glass, have distinguished him as one of the most versatile and innovative contemporary musicians. As a composer, he has influenced the character of Russian music by expanding it to include all forms of sound, from ancient rituals to rock and pop cultures to computer technologies. The language of his compositions is rooted in the harmonic and rhythmic patterns of Russian church bells and folksongs mixed with the spirit of Buddhist philosophy.

This event will benefit the Cragsmoor Historical Society and the Stone Church. General admission for the concert costs $25; VIP admission, including a reception with the artist, costs $45. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.eventbrite.com; additional information is available at www.cragsmoorhistoricalsociety.com. The historic Stone Church is located at 280 Henry Road in Cragsmoor.

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