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ZOFO, a duo consisting of pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Kakagoshi, will be featured in the ZOFO-MOMA Live Concert Experience at the Pitzer Center on Friday, Feb. 14. Courtesy photo

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ZOFO piano duo to be matched with images of modern art

The ZOFO-MOMA Live Concert Experience arrives at the Pitzer Center on the UC Davis campus for a 72-minute performance at 7 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $24 general and $12 for students, available in advance online at and at the door.

The evening program will include music by ZOFO, a duo consisting of pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Kakagoshi, founded in 2009 and twice nominated for Grammy Awards. ZOFO has performed in venues ranging from concert halls in Tokyo to New York.

The Washington Post has praised “ZOFO’s feisty performances (which) surge with athletic precision, always mindful of how much joy there is in the music.” And San Francisco Classical Voice said, “There was something sensual and almost erotic about watching these two pianists weave upper limbs while performing so seamlessly as one.”

365体育滚球ZOFO will be performing 15 recently commissioned musical works for piano-four-hands (one keyboard, two performers) created for ZOFO by a variety of contemporary composers from around the world, including Pablo Ortiz, who was born in Argentina and has been on the music faculty at UC Davis for more than a decade.

Behind the musicians will be a big screen, on which will be projected images of contemporary artwork, created by visual artists from the same country as the music by each featured composer — “MOMA” being a tip of the hat to the Museum of Modern Art. (ZOFO-MOMA draws inspiration from the Modest Mussorgsky classic “Pictures at an Exhibition,” originally composed for solo piano in 1874, and later adapted for symphony orchestra by Maurice Ravel in 1922. Nowadays, musical performances of “Pictures at an Exhibition” are sometimes presented with projections of the paintings that inspired Mussorgsky in the 1800s.

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