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Chester's Green Mountain Festival Series Welcomes Home Former Student & Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Green Mountain Festival Series continues its 25th Season as it welcomes home Ignat Solzhenitsyn on Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester.

Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Solzhenitsyn's lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world.

"It's always a pleasure to return home to Vermont, but especially to my old high school, Green Mountain, site of many vivid memories," said Solzhenitsyn. "I am looking forward to bringing marvelous Schubert sonatas to share with old friends and new."

In his sixth season as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Solzhenitsyn also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. He has been featured on many radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC's Nightline.

The Annual GMFS Silent Auction which benefits the Arts-In-Education programs will be held during this event. Many local businesses will be highlighted such as the Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern, Von Bargen's Jewelers, Okemo Mountain Resort, Heritage Deli, Singleton's and many others.

Performances are made possible by donations from our underwriters which allow all profits from our shows to supplement Art and Music programs in our schools. As a past student, Solzhenitsyn benefited from the many programs in the Chester area schools. We wish to thank the underwriters, Dakin & Benilli, Grand Lodge of Vermont and Chittenden Bank.

Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors, and $10 for students when purchased in advance, or an additional $2 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Misty Valley Books, Chester; Village Square Books, Bellows Falls; 56 Main Street, Springfield; Blue Sky Trading Company, Ludlow; Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, and Green Mountain Pharmacy, Londonderry.

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