Five Fridays III: piano

Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome, piano

Friday February 2, 2024 at 7:30pm

on the labyrinth at
St. Paul’s Church, Chestnut Hill

In the third concert of the 2023-24 season, Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome makes her first appearance at Five Fridays with a recital of music by Saint- Saëns, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

Since 2011 the Five Fridays series has raised funds to benefit two local organizations that combat hunger and homelessness in NW Philadelphia.  Thanks to support from generous sponsors and concert-goers, all net proceeds from the series will be shared between Face to Face Germantown and Family Promise of Philadelphia.

A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.

Tickets online or at the door | $30 General Admission, $5 Student


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Danse Macabre – Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Liszt, Horowitz)

Tombeau de Couperin – Maurice Ravel 

L’oiseau de feu (Firebird Suite) – Igor Stravinsky (arr. G. Agosti)

This performance is presented in cooperation with Allegro Music Consultants.


SONYA OVRUTSKY FENSOME is a classical pianist, composer, and educator. She is a professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and the director of M. Steinert and Sons Piano Academy in Boston. Her performances are known for their fresh, imaginative, and passionate interpretation. Her extraordinary artistry brings new life to a wide array of piano repertoire – from Baroque to the 21st Century. Her album “Dreams in Black and White” is streaming on numerous platforms including Apple Music and Spotify, and her YouTube channel “From My Piano Room” is gaining recognition around the world. Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome has performed in major venues in the United States, Europe, Russia, and South Africa – including Weill Carnegie Concert Hall and Lincoln Center in NY, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Aspen Music Festival, Palace de Beaux Arts in Brussels and Lucerne Music Festival. She performed as a soloist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, and Neuchatel Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. She has performed in recitals with world renowned violinist Sarah Chang, and collaborates with her brother, violinist Mikhail Ovrutsky. Born in Moscow, Russia, into a family of classical musicians, Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome gave her first performance at age 5. At age 15, she gained world recognition upon winning the International Piano Competition in Senigalia, Italy. She was invited to study at the Juilliard School of Music as a full scholarship recipient, where she earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in piano performance, studying with legendary professors Herbert Stessin for piano and Felix Galimir for chamber music. Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome resides in the Boston area with her husband and son.

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