Classical at the Beech: Belmont Festival Orchestra in Concert Thursday, June 1

Photo: Pianist Sasha Beresovsky and conductor Nathaniel Meyer.

The Belmont Festival Orchestra marks its return to the Beech Street Center with a concert of classical music standards on Thursday, June 1 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Led by the group’s founder, Belmont’s own Nathaniel Meyer (Belmont High Class of ’09), the all-volunteer orchestra will be joined by the brilliant, young Ukrainian-American pianist, Sasha Beresovsky, in a performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto in G major.

The concert’s program also features Glinka’s “Overture to Ruslan & Lyudmila” and Wagner’s magnificent and uplifting “Tannhäuser” Overture.

The concert is free and open to all residents in Greater Boston.

Meyer said Beresovsky has a truly incredible story. Born in Moscow to a Ukrainian family, they became refugees after the fall of the Soviet Union before coming to the United States.

“Throughout his harrowing, often difficult journey, he has been inspired by his deep passion for music, and particularly that of Beethoven,” said Meyer.

Beresovsky received his Master’s in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Ind. Sasha’s ongoing passion for music is fueled by his love of literature, history, the natural sciences and nature in particular.

The video shows Beresovsky performing Prokofiev.

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