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Classical Pairing 

Piano workshop, winetasting benefits kids

Wine aficionados relate flavor in terms of "notes." This week, wine will be described purely in musical notes when pianists Jason Serfling and Van-Anh Nguyen combine their talents with flights of local wine for the "Perfect Pairing" workshop, tasting and recital.

click to enlarge Pianist Van-Anh Nguyen.
  • Pianist Van-Anh Nguyen.

Raised in the Sacramento Valley, by the time he was 10 years old Serfling was performing Mozart on the piano by ear and composing his own pieces. His style is described as neo-classical and his habit of fusing disparate eras of music culminates in a forthcoming piano rock album, due later this year.

International star Van-Anh Nguyen is also a prodigy acclaimed for her intensely intricate technique and crossover compositions. Born in Australia to Vietnamese parents, Nguyen has played across the globe and recently hosted Discovery Channel's Philippines In-Sync television series, combing her love of music, travel and people.

The tasting and recital benefit the Amala Foundation and Interfaith Shelter Network, a homeless service provider. The foundation offers free music lessons and aims to promote "personal growth, clear communication, compassion and an ethos of service for children in need."

"Perfect Pairing" takes place Saturday, June 27, at the Live Musicians Co-Op, 925 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $15–$35. 707.527.8845.—Charlie Swanson

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