Minnesota Sinfonia to perform at Metro State Feb. 15

Award-winning cellist Dmitri Kouzov will be the featured musician at Minnesota Sinfonia's "Variation on a Theme" concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Founders Hall on the St. Paul campus of Metropolitan State University, 700 E. Seventh St.

The program will include "Overture The Emerald" composed by Paul Schulz; "Variations on a Rococo Theme, opus 33 by Pytor Tchaikowsky," and "Serenade for Strings, opus 12," by Victor Herbert.

A versatile performer, Kouzov has performed on five continents with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music performances. He has appeared with the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), the National Symphony of Ukraine, the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and the Symphony Orchestra "Classica" (Russia).

He was awarded first prize at the International Beethoven Competition in the Czech Republic and won the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award.

This is a free concert, and children are welcome. Early arrival is encouraged at Founders Hall of Metropolitan State University. The performance space seats approximately 300 people and often fills to capacity. Overflow audiences will be seated in the lobby.

The venue is handicap-accessible with limited handicap parking. Parking is available across the street on Maria Avenue for $2.50.