‹nder Piano Duo Cancels Concert in Utah Due to Visa Problems

Classic Arts News   ‹nder Piano Duo Cancels Concert in Utah Due to Visa Problems
Ferhan and Ferzan ‹nder, a pair of glamorous twin sisters from Turkey whose performances as a piano duo have been attracting favorable attention on the European concert circuit, have cancelled their recital scheduled for tonight in Park City, Utah. The ‹nders and their presenters were unable to secure a U.S. entry visa in time for the concert.

The program, presented by the Utah Symphony & Opera as part of its Deer Valley Music Festival, was to have included, among other works, two-piano versions of Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade as well as a piece composed by the twins' compatriot, piano virtuoso Fazil Say.

A statement released to the press and quoted in Salt Lake City's Deseret Morning News said, "Despite Utah Symphony & Opera's best efforts working vigorously with immigration officials and members of its [Congressional] delegation, Turkish pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Onder will not appear at the Deer Valley Music Festival."

Utah Symphony & Opera is offering ticketholders the choice of full refunds or exchanges for another Deer Valley Music Festival concert.

The Ferhan and Ferzan ‹nder Piano Duo's next scheduled concert is a performance at the Beethovenfest (www.beethovenfest.de) in Bonn on September 3; the program will include (besides Beethoven) Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances in the composers' own transcriptions for two pianos.

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