Joe Wyatt
Published March 22, 2022

Amarillo College’s compelling Art Force Piano Series will conclude with a stirring tribute to the late, great Ludwig van Beethoven when pianist David Palmer and violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov join forces in April to present Beethoven 250.

Palmer, the artistic director of Chamber Music Amarillo, and Zvonnikov of the Harrington String Quartet, will actually perform their repertoire twice – once at the College and a week later in Canadian, Texas.

Their selections will be in honor of Beethoven, whose 250th birthday was in 2020 amid the pandemic.

The accomplished duo will appear first at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Concert Hall Theater on AC’s Washington Street Campus.

And thanks to generous sponsorship by the David D. & Nona S. Payne Foundation, Inc., they will deliver an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Texas Crown Performance Hall, 404 S. 6th St., in Canadian.

Both performances are free and open to the public and represent the final installments of the five-concert Art Force Piano Series. The yearlong celebration of iconic music began last October and has alternately featured music by guest artists and AC faculty musicians.

“This has been an especially entertaining and rewarding Piano Series, and we are extremely grateful to our sponsors and to all the musicians whose contributions helped make it special,” Dr. Bruce Lin, artistic director for the concert series and director of piano at AC, said.

“And we may have saved the best concert for last because David Palmer and Evgeny Zvonnikov are supremely talented, and Beethoven 250 will be a treat I know everyone will enjoy. I’m especially happy that it will be performed not once, but twice.”

Palmer has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe since the early 1990s, as both a soloist and chamber musician. Under his guidance, Chamber Music Amarillo was awarded second place in the 2017-18 Professional Division of the nationally recognized American Prize competition, which celebrates excellence in the arts.

Zvonnikov joined West Texas A&M University as a lecturer of the violin and member of the Harrington String Quartet in 2017. As soloist, he has performed with Saint-Petersburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic, National Conservatory of Mexico City Orchestra, and Wichita State University Orchestra. He was a second violinist of Grammy-nominated Saint Petersburg String Quartet.