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Curator's Note:

Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way is a performance documentary of political rebellion, passionate performance, and extraordinary master teaching. The story begins with Alexander Toradze in Soviet Union during the Cold War secretly listening to the Jazz Hour from Voice of America. To Lexo, jazz music symbolized the spirit of freedom, something he didn’t have. His dream of artistic freedom in America instigated his defection from the Soviet Union and the founding of a one-of-a-kind classical piano studio in South Bend. But what sets Lexo apart is not only his virtuosity, but his abilities to inspire young pianists to “kick the notes” their own way. He never encourages piano students to copy his interpretative style, but shows them by example of his own concert preparation how to create compelling musical performances that reach across the stage to the hearts of the audience. For more information on the film visit Michiana's WNIT.

 

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Toradze's Piano Master Class

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What sets Lexo apart in the world of classical music is not only his virtuosity, but his passion for teaching and his abilities to inspire young pianists to “kick the notes” their own way. He never encourages piano students to copy his interpretative style, but shows them through instruction and by example of his own concert preparation how to create passionate, compelling musical performances that reach across the stage to the hearts of the audience. Our cameras received seldom given access to his lively master classes. In this Exhibit, Lexo teaches twin sisters the subtleties of Racmaninoff. For more information on the film visit Michiana's WNIT.

 

 

Also, be sure to watch previous "PBS Arts from" video exhibits featuring the cities of New York, Phoenix and Cincinnati.

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