Szpakiewicz Performs Benefit Concert

On March 13, Polish cellist Marek Szpakiewicz will join the partially-deaf legendary pianist Fuzjko Hemming who returns to Los Angeles for a special concert commemorating the 5th anniversary of earthquake & tsunami in Japan. The program will encompass many favorite works for cello and piano, including Chopin’s Introduction et Polonaise Brillante, Op.3, as well as solo works for each instrument.

Despite her severe hearing difficulties and turbulent life story, including a time spent under refugee status, Fuzjko Hemming has beaten the odds to become a highly- acclaimed concert pianist who performs around the world. At the age of 16, this Swedish-Japanese classical icon was struck with deafness and remains partially deaf today. In 1999, her documentary broadcast in Japan created a huge sensation, which made her a star with the multi-million selling debut album La Campanella in her late 60s. She received the Classical Album of the Year Award at Japan’s prestigious Gold Disc Awards, not only once but four times—an unusual success that has never been achieved by any other artist.

This charity concert will also feature hailed Polish cellist Marek Szpakiewicz, residing in Los Angeles. Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma described Marek as an artist “whose energy, motivation, earnestness and generosity of spirit are evident through his work.” His solo performance can be heard on several soundtracks, including the film Hachi: A Dog’s Talestarring Richard Gere.

The recital is supported by Consulate General of Japan Los Angeles and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds from this recital will go to 2011 Japan Relief Fund, organized by Japan America Society.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
Marek Szpakiewicz & Fuzjko Hemming in Concert
Zipper Hall – Colburn School
200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission: $35, $25 ($15 for seniors & students)
Tickets & Info: hemming.brownpapertickets.com or (800) 838-3006

[Sources: press release, facebook.com]