Renowned pianist Olga Kern to play for preschoolers at RITís Margaretís House

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Itís never too soon to start. Children at Margaretís House-from 8-week-old babies to 5-year-olds-will have their tender young ears exposed to the sounds of a world-class pianist.

Olga Kern, 2001 winner of the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will make a one-hour guest appearance at Margaretís House beginning 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4. She will briefly tour the childcare center, then will play a few spontaneous piano selections for the children.

Kern, a mother of a 4-year-old piano-playing son, has music in her blood. Her great-great-grandmother was a pianist and close friend of Tchaikovsky, her great-grandmother was a soprano who sang with Rachmaninoff, her grandfather was a distinguished oboe professor, her father plays piano for the Bolshoi Theatre and her mother teaches piano.

The pianist is also scheduled to perform an all-Tchaikovsky program with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Eastman Theatre.

The recital is supported by Alfred Davis, RITís vice president emeritus. Davis also provided substantial funding for the creation of the childcare center 11 years ago. As a result, the facility was named in remembrance of his late wife, Margaret Welcher Davis. Margaretís House is Rochester Institute of Technologyís on-campus childcare facility for faculty and student families.

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