Grace and Aki wish all of you a holiday season full of joy and warmth and a new year filled with much happiness!
“A few months back on a beautiful summer evening in Toronto, I attended a CD launch party for Twitter-friend and internationally renowned pianist Grace Nikae…Following the recital, we spoke - about music and its ability to communicate and cross cultures, her international travels and life abroad (mostly in Spain), and the many cultural experiences that have enriched her life and music. What I discovered was an exceptional woman – committed to her art and humanitarian work – exemplifying the life of an engaged, global citizen.
Read the latest interview with Grace about her work with UNICEF and the importance of art in the global community.
For UNICEF Spain’s celebration of Universal Children’s Day, Grace will give a special performance of the solo piano version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite on November 20, 2009. Grace will be joined by special narrator, Fernando Palacios.
Every year, UNICEF’s Universal Children’s Day celebrates the international Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was first signed on November 20, 1989. The convention is an international agreement that sets the civil, social, political, economic, and cultural rights of children. For more information, please visit UNICEF Spain.
Grace will perform and chat live at Classical FM 96.3 in Toronto on Wednesday, August 5 from 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM.
Listen in on your radio or watch it live at www.classical963fm.com!
Enjoy a glass of wine, hear Grace play, and meet her at this special event to launch her next recording, Chopin | Schumann: Sonatas. In collaboration with UNICEF Spain, a portion of the proceeds from this recording will directly benefit UNICEF’s extensive programs on behalf of children worldwide.
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 5:30-7:30 PM
Venue: Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu, 96 Avenue Road (Museum subway stop; north of Bloor, across from Whole Foods and a touch north)
RSVP IS REQUIRED. If you would like to attend this event, you must RSVP by AUGUST 1, 2009.
- Send an email directly to Grace’s office at: rsvpCDlaunch@gmail.com . Include your full name and the names of any guests you are bringing.
- Follow Grace on Twitter. Send her an @reply or a DM with your rsvp - your name and names of your guests.
Space is limited. You will not be able to enter unless you are on the guest list, so please RSVP to let us know you are coming by August 1st.
Special thanks to wine sponsor Scott Wilson of Terzetto Wine, fashion designer Rosemarie Umetsu for outfitting Ms. Nikae, and Paul Hahn & Co. for providing the Steinway piano.
>> For more information, download the full press release for this event (pdf)
Grace’s July and August includes concerto, solo, and chamber music performances in Montana at Festival Amadeus (July 27 - August 1), an official CD launch event in Toronto, Canada for her latest recording, “Chopin | Schumann: Sonatas” on August 6, and recitals in Hawaii on August 15 and Rome on August 29.
- Download the full press release (pdf)
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