Bluefield University in the News


by | Oct 19, 2016

Blue Mountain Performing Arts will present world-class Russian musicians Vladislav Vals and Maxim Sepkhanov, live in concert, Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bluefield High School Auditorium.

Co-sponsored by Blue Mountain, the Bluefield High School Foundation, Bluefield College and WVVA-TV, the Vals and Sepkhanov concert is open and free to BMPA season ticket holders and members of the Bluefield College family. Individual tickets for non-BC and non-Blue Mountain members are $15 for adults and $10 for students.


Coming to Bluefield as part of the 2016-2017 Blue Mountain Performing Arts Series, Vals and Sepkhanov are well known as a “dynamic duo” performing “completely off-beat music” that is “totally unique and exciting.


A saxophonist, Vals began his study of the saxophone in Siberia at the age of 10. Three years later, he was invited by the eminent saxophonist and People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Margarita Shaposhnikova, to come to Moscow to study at the Gnessin Institute of Music. Vals later went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London and subsequently in France at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montpellier.


Vals has toured extensively in Russia and in countries in Europe and England. He has also played as a member of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra under Evgeny Svetlanov and with the State Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.


A percussionist, Sepkhanov studied music in Russia at the Beethoven and Schnittke Conservatories and at the Gnessin Institute of Music. He later completed graduate work at the Royal College of Music in London.


He is the recipient of the Sullivan and Farrar Prize and the British Reserve Prize in London. He has performed throughout the world with the Russian National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Berlin Opera, among others. Sepkhonov also taught master classes at the Conservatory of Music in Seoul, Korea from 2000 to 2003. He is currently a solo percussionist at the Novaya Opera House in Moscow.


The Blue Mountain Performing Arts Series is designed to foster and encourage public appreciation of music, the teaching of music, and the history of music. Through the support of donors and paying members and in an effort to support its mission, Blue Mountain brings a wide variety of quality musical programs to the community through its yearlong Concert Series.


Annual membership with Blue Mountain, which includes admission to all BMPA shows at a significant cost savings, is $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, and $15 for students. Family packages, including two adults and all children living within the home, are $85. Individual tickets to Blue Mountain events are $15 to $20 for adults and $10 for students. All concerts are general admission with no reserved seats. Box office and doors open one hour before show time.


In addition to Blue Mountain concerts, BMPA membership also provides admission to events that are part of Bluefield College’s 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series and concerts scheduled by the Beckley Concert Association. To purchase annual memberships or individual tickets, or for more information about the Vals and Sepkhanov production, visit, call 304-324-3234, or e-mail [email protected]

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