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Live on Stage

Live on Stage

Delray Beach Public Library offers a variety of live performances throughout the year. Music, from jazz to barber shop to classical, as well as spoken word, and staged readings of new plays are some of the exciting live programs offered for your enjoyment.


We are kicking off our Beethoven Festival with cake and great music. Come and party like it’s 1770! Birthday cake will be served.
Followed by pianist, Sheng-Yuan Kuan, from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, who will perform a program of Beethoven’s piano music. Ms. Kuan holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. She has re-ceived accolades from many world competitions including the 13th Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna (Best Female Pianist Award, 2009).

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BEETHOVEN AND HIS FOLLOWERS: CHOPIN & LISZT featuring Yoko Sata Kothari, classical pianist

Beethoven is one of the most influential composers in history. Nearly all subsequent developments in classical music owe something to his work. By the middle of his life he was almost totally deaf, and had yet to produce his most profound works. Being a storyteller at the piano as well as an artist, Ms. Kothari’s mission is to communicate with the audience with her signature talk and to have them experience the interesting stories behind the music through her performances. Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary year, this program features not only music by Beethoven, but also music by Chopin and Liszt, who were inspired and influenced by him.
Making appearances on the stages from Tokyo, Japan, to Carnegie Hall, Yoko Sata Kothari has enjoyed a successful performing career. Born in Tokyo, she began her career by winning the Northern Japan Classical Piano Competition at the age of eight. Since moving to the United States, she has continued to earn awards for her performances, including the most recent in May 2017 when she won first place in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York and, as a result, was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Kothari holds a performing arts degree from the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and she has inspired audiences on three continents, including televised broadcasts in China and a series of performances in Italy. She has also released four CD recordings.

2PM | SUNDAY | JANUARY 26, 2020


Two young, award-winning students from the Lynn Conservatory of Music will share the stage and each perform a Beethoven sonata.

Kimia Rafieian will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 “Pastoral”. Born in Tehran, Iran, Ms. Rafieian began Carl Orff music studies at age 5. Upon entering the Tehran music school as a piano major, she studied under several notable pianists and received awards at many competitions. She entered Lynn University Conservatory of Music in 2017 and was awarded a scholarship from the National Society of Arts & Letters. Ms. Rafieian won second place in the FSMTA Gray Perry Young Collegiate Piano Award Competition and was a finalist in the Lynn Concerto Competition and the Jack Heller Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Symphony.

Robiyakhon Akromova will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”. A sophomore at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, she started playing the piano at the age of nine in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at a children`s music school. In 2015, she enrolled in the Academy Lyceum of Music in Tashkent. Ms. Akromova has studied under several notable pianists and received numerous awards at various competitions. In 2019 she won 1st Prize in the Gray Perry Young collegiate competition.


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