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Jeff Garretson - September 30, 2016 1:07 pm

Tatiana Tessman

Pianist Tatiana Tessman will join the Salina Symphony on Sunday to perform a piano concerto – crafted for the left hand.

“I’m using a long bench so I can actually move from one side to another,” Tessman said.

The Russian born artist tells KSAL News that the piece written by Maurice Ravel was commissioned by Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War  I.

Sunday at the Stiefel Theatre, Tessman will use the entire register while performing the concerto that was composed in 1930.

“Ravel is the master of illusion, honestly, like if you close your eyes you will never tell that is played by just one hand,” she said.

Tessman has performed with orchestras across three continents and currently lives in Salina and serves as the director of keyboard studies at Kansas Wesleyan University.

The concert titled, “All Things Romantic,” will be performed Sunday, October 2 at the Stiefel Theatre at 4pm. Tickets are on sale at the Stiefel box office.

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