Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 5, 2013

Internationally acclaimed musical duo iAN&ANi performing at Blake Library April 20

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

DATE:  APRIL 5, 2013

iAN&ANi, an internationally acclaimed, Chicago-based ensemble, present two can’t-miss performances in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library on Saturday, April 20. A part of their album release tour, Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova first conduct an interactive, educational performance for children and teens, with meet-and-greet, from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Following this performance, the duo presents a concert for adults from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the events are free and open to the public. The Blake Library is located at 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.

The album, Tango Plus, features music of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla as well as works by Alberto Ginastera, Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel and Rodion Shchedrin. They will also perform works by contemporary Chicago composer Ilya Levinson, commissioned by the duo.

In just over one year of working together, Maksin and Gogova have performed nearly 100 concerts in the United States and Europe. They have appeared on National Public Radio and many of its affiliate stations throughout the U.S., as well as on national radio programs in Poland, Bulgaria and Russia. Time Out Magazine selected the duo as “Critic’s Pick” three times. 

Outside classical music, Maksin has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb of the former Bee Gees, P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg, to name a few. His main goal as an artist is “to close the musical gap between generations and societies and make cello music accessible for everyone.”

Gogova has appeared in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, England, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal, Macedonia and throughout the U.S. In 2003, she was appointed to the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University becoming the youngest professor to join the world-renowned faculty of the Music Conservatory.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or visit the website at




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