The Clark Center Association kicks off their 2011-2012 10th Anniversary Season with San Luis Obispo piano virtuoso Rudolf Budginas and special guest Kenny Lee Lewis at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8pm.

Rudolf Budginas and Kenny Lee Lewis, master of the rock guitar (and guitarist for the Steve Miller Band), present a crossover show of classical hits such as “Beethoven’s 5th”, Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance” and Tchaikovsky’s “Black Swan.”  These rock, pop and jazz-inspired arrangements for piano, guitar, bass and drums take classical music to surprising and unexpected directions.

Hailed in the press as “A young hip Victor Borge-like entertainer,” the Lithuanian born and internationally renowned concert pianist has delighted audiences worldwide and acquired a slew of international awards and honors.  Budginas’ movie star-like personal charm, charisma and sense of humor allow him to consistently connect and interact with his audiences.

Budginas (pronounced bud-guinness) began his studies at the age of four and made his debut at nine with the Lithuanian National Symphony.  He soon rose to international prominence performing solo concerts throughout the world.  After moving to the U.S. in 1994, he discovered his true passion: giving classical music a broader audience appeal.  Transplanted to California after accepting a full scholarship at USC to complete a PhD in music, Rudolf settled in, took up surfing and developed a passion for expanding the accessibility of classical music to American audiences. Budginas currently resides in the San Luis Obispo area and is a professor of music at Cuesta College and the Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra at Thomas Aquinas College.

Kenny Lee Lewis is an accomplished studio guitarist and bassist for over 30 years and has been a regular touring member, producer and writer for The Steve Miller Band since 1982. Throughout his career, Kenny has also performed with Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Money, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Peter Frampton, Boz Scaggs, Brian Wilson, and Steve Stills.

Don’t miss this entertaining evening that will delight audiences of all ages and kick off the Clark Center’s amazing

10th Anniversary Season on September 17!

Rudolf Budginas

Tickets for Rudolf Budginas featuring Kenny Lee Lewis are $38-$48 and are on sale now. Call (805) 489-9444 for tickets or come to the Clark Center Box Office at 487 Fair Oaks Avenue in Arroyo Grande.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.clarkcenter.org.

For pictures or interview requests, please contact Jamie Maraviglia

at 489-4196 or jamie@clarkcenter.org.

For more information on Rudolf Budginas, visit http://www.rudolfpiano.com/.

For more information on Kenny Lee Lewis, visit http://www.kennyleelewis.com/.

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