October 18, 2017

Christina and Michelle Naughton to perform at Purdue University on Nov. 10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with support from David and Janet Elmore, and Marshall and Joyce Deutelbaum. 

At 7 p.m. John Clare, WBAA music director and host of “What’s New” and “Morning Classics” will host a pre-show discussion in Stewart Center, Room 206 about the evening’s performance. 

Twins are longstanding cornerstones of theatre and literature, farcically swapping identities or dramatically representing extremes of the personality spectrum. But in the real world, this extraordinary, singular sibling bond never fails to fascinate. For pianists and twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton, that curious connection expresses itself in a musical symbiosis of worldwide distinction as two players at two pianos who nevertheless speak in one beautiful voice.

Pianists since age 4 and performers of individual renown before they paired up at age 18, the Naughtons graduated from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. At the latter, each earned the prestigious Festorazzi Prize for piano performance. Highlights from recent seasons include performances presented by the New World Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In addition to recitals throughout Europe and tours of Latin America and China, the sisters’ U.S. recital venues include the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the Historic Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Wharton Center. 

Christina and Michelle are Steinway Artists who recently signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics, which released their second album, Visions, in 2016. Hailed as “one of the most satisfying duo piano recordings in recent memory” (AllMusic), Visions was named editor’s choice in May 2016 by Gramophone magazine. Performing on two Steinways in the intimate Loeb Playhouse, Christina and Michelle Naughton combine charisma and conviction in a musical communion unlike any other. 

Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit https://purdue.edu/convocations/group-sales/.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu

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