Orchestre Métropolitain presents

A Pact Set in Sand

Under the baton of American conductor JoAnn Falletta, Zemlinksy’s The Mermaid comes to life through music and sand, thanks to the international icon and sand art pioneer Kseniya Simonova. The Ukranian artist’s creation of a work of sand art will be live streamed during the performance.

Violinist Nemanja Radulovic, a European phenomenon, performs the Khachaturian Violin Concerto, one of the pieces that led to her breakthrough. Expect lively melodies, Eastern musical traditions and good cheer!

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Nemanja Radulović, violin
Kseniya Simonova, sand artist (The Mermaid)

Kseniya Simonova is a sand artist, winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent, announced as Internet-sensation by The Guardian. She creates beautiful and touching stories with just sand and her hands. She is the most viewed sand artist on Internet. After triumphal win on the show, Kseniya has performed her sand animation shows all over the word in more than 70 countries. She was invited to show her art before Royalty and Presidents, among them are the Royal Family of Thailand, Queen of Denmark, Princess of Denmark, Royal Family of Morocco, Royal Family of Bhutan, members of Royal Family of Great Britain, Royal Family of Bahrain, and also Presidents of Malta, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and many others. The most respected stages of the world accepted her art — from Special Olympic Games closing ceremony in Athens to YouTube Symphony orchestra Gala in Sydney Opera house.

Her beautiful sand animation became a staging act for Ukraine on Eurovision Song Contest, helping Ukrainian singer Mika Newton in getting 4th place in the Grand Final.

In 2019 she returned to Eurovision with Moldova’s singer Anna Odobescu as a staging director also performing a brand new genre called snow animation for the song “Stay”.

In early 2019 Simonova took part in America’s Got Talent: the Champions season 1 on NBC. At semi-final she received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. As soon as the performance was over, she got the golden buzzer from host Terry Crews which sent her straight through into the finals of the competition. Her Golden Buzzer performance got 150 million views. Simonova’s performance in the finals, “Love Always Wins,” was highly esteemed by the judges. Simon Cowell called it “one of the most beautiful acts in the history of Got Talent”. At the end of the show, she finished in third place.

Later in 2019 Simonova took part in Britain’s Got Talent on ITV. In the first episode Simonova received a Golden Buzzer from one of the judges Amanda Holden and got into finals. She finished in third place at the finals.

Her act is the only act who received two Golden Buzzers on two different The Champions series of the Got Talent franchise.

HOLST, Winter Idyll
KHACHATURIAN, Violin Concerto
ZEMLINSKY, The Mermaid (Die Seejungfrau)

Maison symphonique
Friday, February 23, 2024 at 7:30pm

To purchase your tickets visit: www.placedesarts.com