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Nicolas Mazmanian / Photo credit Herve Lavigne

Award-winning French composer and pianist Nicolas Mazmanian will give his first piano recital in North America, French Reflections on the American Dream, at the Colburn School’s Mayman Hall in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 9. The program features 10 of Mazmanian’s original classical compositions for piano, which invite the audience into a world of fantasy, dreams and inner romanticism. Mazmanian’s accessible melodic music reflects the strong influence of French, Armenian and American composers. The free one-hour performance starts at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:15 p.m.

“Many American composers from the worlds of classical music, jazz and the cinema, including George Gershwin, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and John Williams, have had a tremendous influence on my work,” Mazmanian said in press materials. “Since my music is in many ways a tribute to the post-War American sound, it seemed like the right time for me to present my music in the country that has served as a key inspiration.”

The concert will run for one hour, with no intermission. Although the event is free, reservations are required via https://nicolas-mazmanian-us-debut.eventbrite.com. The Colburn School is located at 200 S. Grand Ave., LA 90012 (map). Guests of the Colburn School may park in Lot Three, located on Second Street between Olive and Hill streets. Enter on the corner of Second Street and Olive Street, or on the corner of Second Street and Hill Street. This lot charges $10.

For additional information, please see Mazmanian’s official site at www.nicolasmazmanian.com as well as the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1319628804728199.