Many thanks to Lilia Valitova for the beautiful piano concert she presented on Tuesday, June 16, as part of the Aquarian Minyan author series.
This concert was a great success, and raised much needed funds for both the Aquarian Minyan and the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay. Lilia Valitova introduced her new CD, “Yearning”, piano suites based on Jewish folk and liturgical melodies. All the music on this CD consists of her own compositions. Five of the compositions she played were world premieres.
Many people expressed admiration for Lilia’s playing. Ariel Lenchner writes “A hidden treasure of our community was revealed to us in all her glory. Her musical gifts, technical skill, and mastery of complex and rich material were glorious. Her personal story sounded like a fairy tale! Bravo Lilia.” Gayle Jacobson writes, “I was so happy to be at this concert. I was amazed to learn that Lilia is a composer, and that all of the music is her own compositions. I was impressed that she had the entire performance in her head and hands, and did not refer to any sheet music. The music itself was beautiful, taking me to another dimension while listening. I have a copy of her CD, and when I got home, I read her statement about the origin of the photograph on the cover, her philosophy, and her dedication, "to all people who are persecuted because of who they are." Everything about the performance, the CD, the ideas expressed on the inside of the cover, was so special and thoughtfully done. I think Lilia herself is a treasure. I hope in the future more people will come to hear her play the piano and experience her magic quality.”
Many thanks to Moshe Shafrir for his tireless work in organizing and promoting this concert, and handling numerous logistical details, including transporting the piano. To the staff of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, many thanks for help that went far beyond the call of duty. Special thanks to Katrina Shortridge, Sally Kauffman Flinchbaugh, Lauren Greis, Brian Garrick, and George Porter. Thanks to Gayle Jacobson, Kori Kody, Gordon Shafrir and Holly Decker for their superb help at the concert.
Thanks to Skye Pellicrow for videography, and to Lilia’s recording engineer Don Ososke for managing the sound and the lights.
Finally, thanks again to Lilia for her outstanding talent and dedication.
If you missed the concert, or attended the concert but missed purchasing the “Yearning” CD, it can be purchased by calling Moshe Shafrir, the producer of Valitova Productions, at 510-710-4444. For booking future concerts with Lilia, please contact Moshe Shafrir.