New World School of the Arts Presents A Benefit Concert in Memory of Pianist Lilia Zaiarna - March 9

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New World School of the Arts presents a Benefit Concert in memory of beloved pianist and teacher Lilia Zaiarna (September 12, 1960 - January 3, 2008), As it bids a final farewell
MIAMI--- The New World School of the Arts Music Division presents a Benefit Concert in memory of beloved NWSA pianist Lilia Lilia Zaiarna Zaiarna, who after a long health battle, passed away earlier this year. In attendance will be her only son, Alexander Zaiarnyi, accompanied by NWSA alums, students, parents, faculty and administration. A “love” or free-will offering will be accepted to benefit Zaiarna’s son Alexander, a junior in the NWSA high school music program. The one-hour concert is on Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables. A reception by the Downtown Choir Parents Association booster club in the church’s Founder’s Hall will conclude the evening. Free and open to the public.
            Organized by NWSA Dean of Music Jeffrey Hodgson along with former voice faculty member Joy Davidson and viola professor Richard Fleischman, the concert will feature the captivating and powerful music of Bach, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
            “This afternoon is meant to be an opportunity for all of those connected with Lilia and the school to come together and celebrate her life, to honor her memory and show our support and love to her son, Alexander.  Music has the power to bring us together, to provide the sounds of celebration and reflection that will allow each of us to remember Lilia’s spirit and to begin the healing process” expressed Hodgson.
            Known amongst her many admirers and pupils as having an almost impeccable ability to produce incredible depth of sound and interpretation, as well as an incredible memory for vocal and operatic repertoire, Zaiarna taught with great warmth and love, inspiring, among other things, a great passion for music as well as for the Visual Arts and World Literature.

            Loved and respected, Zaiarna is described by her students as “someone who could talk for endless hours, and barely gave room for breath, indulging her students in her endless store of knowledge - one could learn more talking to her for twenty minutes than through hours of Academic study. She was a person who was full of vitality, optimism, and wisdom. She will be truly missed but her spirit and love for music will continue to live on through her students.”
            Born into a family of musicians Zaiarna was first taught by her parents, performing on Ukranian television at the age of six. She began her studies at the Lysenko School of Music for Gifted Children in Kiev and often appeared before the public in Ukraine and outside of the country in numerous recitals and concerts with the orchestra. In the National Academy of Music of Ukraine, Zaiarna studied piano with Vitaliy Sechkin, pianist and composer, where she received her Master’s Degree and went on to receive her Certificate of a Professor-Performer while was a full-time faculty member at the Kiev State Conservatory. She performed as a solo pianist and harpsichordist and collaborated with famous Ukrainian musicians Gorohov, Tchervov, Kotorovitch, and Basistuk. In 1999 Zaiarna joined NWSA as a coach/accompanist. Her performances during her tenure include Rhapsody in Blue with the NWSA Wind Ensemble and Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the NWSA Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her life, Zaiarna performed in the Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France, China and USA.
            New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.            
            For concert information contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855. For more information about New World School of the Arts visit
Photo caption: NWSA faculty and pianist Lilia Zaiarna received a standing ovation for her interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto during New World School of the Arts’ 20th Anniversary Symphony Orchestra presentation in 2006.