AmiciMusic means “music among friends,” a particularly appropriate sentiment for Easter, a holiday that traditionally brings family and friends together.

Under the AmiciMusic banner pianist Daniel Weiser and cellist Lachezar Kostov have put together a special program, “The Operatic Cello” to be performed on at 3 p.m Sunday, April 1 at White Horse Black Mountain. Tickets are $18 advance/$20 door.

The concert will feature selections for piano and cello inspired by the operatic works of Beethoven, Rossini, Bizet, Puccini and more.

Lachezar Kostov, newly appointed assistant principal cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, has appeared as a soloist in some of the world’s leading concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Oji Hall in Tokyo.

He was the National Winner at the 2006 MTNA Young Artists Competition and has won numerous prizes, including the Cello Award at the Kingsville Competition in 2005, the Grand Prix at the International Music and Earth Competition in Bulgaria, and the concerto competitions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Rice University.

In October 2011 Kostov and pianist Viktor Valkov won the First Prize and all the special prizes at the Third International Liszt-Garrison Piano and Duo Competition in Baltimore.

AmiciMusic, founded and directed by Daniel Weiser, is a collective dedicated to presenting quality chamber music in informal and nontraditional venues that break down the barrier between audience and performer. A former Asheville resident, Weiser now lives in Baltimore but makes frequent trips to Western North Carolina for performances. He has impressive musical, academic and pedagogical pedigrees and has concertized extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

The pianist’s many appearances at White Horse have underscored his sensitivity and versatility as an accompanist, soloist and ensemble member.


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