Famed pianist to play benefit concert for homeless and vocational causes

By Rita Curtin

North County music lovers on June 24 can enjoy a classical music concert by acclaimed pianist Violeta Petrova, with the entire $30 ticket price going to feed and shelter the homeless and help local youth gain valuable vocational skills.

That’s the enticing value proposition for the Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s first-ever charity concert, which will be held at the Carlsbad Dove Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium on Saturday, June 24.

All proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, which will use the money to fund three worthy programs:

Brothers Benno’s Foundation, the nonprofit Oceanside organization that provides food, shelter and clothing to the local homeless population, including many veterans;

Solutions for Change, a San Diego nonprofit that seeks to permanently solve family homelessness by creating successful and sustainable solutions to get down-on-their-luck families back on their feet; and

The Mira Costa Technology Career Institute, which provides opportunities for students to gain real-world work experience and valuable vocational training that could open the door to a lifetime of opportunity.

Petrova, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso, is donating her time to perform “A Midsummer Night’s Music,” a concert of classical favorites ranging from Bach and Brahms to Chopin and Stravinsky.

The concert by the famed pianist starts at 7 p.m., with a welcoming reception in the courtyard beginning at 6 p.m. and a post-show social, also in the courtyard, from 8 to 9 p.m. Guests will be able to meet Petrova – whom one reviewer called “a great visionary artist” and another, “a magnificent musician richly gifted musically and artistically” – for autographs and photos.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. They may be purchased in advance at (website). During the welcoming reception, there will be a silent auction and raffle.

“We are fortunate to count as one of our members Violeta Petrova, a truly gifted virtuoso with an international following,” said club president Frank Silva. “Her concert will be a mesmerizing experience, and she has graciously volunteered her time and talent to help us raise money to further our mission of service above self.”

Petrova was classically trained in Europe and has performed internationally, with performances throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. She has performed as a soloist as well as in collaboration with musicians from all over the world. Petrova has done numerous recordings for the Finnish and Bulgarian National Radio Networks and has led piano Master Courses in Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, South Korea and the United States. Petrova has been a Carlsbad resident since January 2014 and continues to perform and coach.

A native of Bulgaria, Petrovia moved to Helsinki, Finland, in 1987, and spent the next 25 years as a piano professor at Sibelius Academy and the Helsinki Conservatory. She also was a frequent visiting professor at Chugye University for the Arts in Seoul, South Korea. Petrova was also invited to the University of Minnesota in Duluth for one semester to lend her level of expertise to the Music Department.

The Rotary Club of Carlsbad was chartered in 1939 and is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.  The Rotary Club of Carlsbad meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Hilton Garden Inn.


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