Pleasanton's Tamriko onstage in Winter Classical Concert

Pianist, guitarist teaming up to benefit Pleasanton schools

Pleasanton's own Tamriko Siprashvili on piano and Ian Rowe on guitar will take listeners on a journey from baroque music to the romantic works of Italian and Spanish composers at the fourth annual Winter Classical Concert to support arts in the schools, on Jan. 27.

"The wonder and magic of this music will lift your spirit and refresh the heart," said Dave Wright, chairman of the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council event.

Siprashvili will perform one solo, Bach's "Chanconne," and Rowe will perform a solo from Torroba, selections from "Castles of Spain." The rest of the program will be the two renowned musicians together with selections from great Italian and Spanish composers like Vivaldi, Rodrigo, Carulli and Boccherini.

"This program will appeal to the young at heart, from the lilting dance of the espanoleta to the folk melodies which capture the soul of Spanish music," Wright said. "For that reason, we expect a number of young people to attend the concert."

That seems appropriate, he added, since proceeds from the concert will benefit PCAC's Arts in the Schools programs.

At age 5, Siprashvili entered the Special Music School for gifted children in her home city of Tbilisi, Georgia, one of only four such schools in the Soviet Union. At 17, she was accepted into the Moscow Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1985. That year she placed first in the Robert Schumann International Competition for pianists in Zwickau, Germany, where her photo is one of five pianists hanging in the Schumann home.

Her international career followed, with concerts throughout Europe and South America before she moved to Pleasanton in 1995, where she opened Inspire Academy of Music and Arts and began performing to benefit arts in the schools. She is best known for her romantic repertoire, especially that of Schumann, and has recorded with Nimbus Records.

Rowe began his studies at age 10 in Honolulu and was the youngest player to gain entrance to Punahou Schools, the oldest young-artist program in Hawaii. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Redlands and became the youngest guitarist to perform at Aspen Summer Music Festival.

In 2016, Rowe completed his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has toured extensively, including a 19-city tour of China, concerto performances with the San Francisco and Berkeley symphonies, and collaborating with Siprashvili.

The Winter Classical Concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Jan. 27, at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Tickets are $35 for adults; $30, seniors; and $20, students, with a 15% discount for group sales of 10 or more. Go to, call 931-4848, or purchase at the Firehouse Arts Center box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Arts -- a good cause

Last year, Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council donated $14,000 to support the visual arts program and the music program in the Pleasanton schools.

A $3,500 contribution to the media arts program at Harvest Park Middle School enabled the purchase of a 27-inch iMac and two SonyFDR X3000 action cameras. These donations allowed 65 students to be trained on Final Cut Pro and edit their closed circuit broadcasts to the student body.

PCAC also donated $1,500 for visual art supplies to Village High School, which had a considerable shortage.

"I stayed in school only because of art," one student said. "Art at Village High is what saved me. Now I'm attending Las Positas College."

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