The Santa Monica College (SMC) Music Department will hold its inaugural concert at the new and widely praised Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center featuring guest piano soloist Kirill Gliadkovsky at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25th.

The opening concert, featuring a program by the SMC Orchestra, Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and award-winning Vocal Jazz Ensemble, is the first of six Music Department concerts this semester in the 499-seat Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., at Santa Monica Boulevard, in Santa Monica.

“We’re just delirious over The Broad Stage,” said Rhoda Tuit, chair of the Music Department. “It’s drop-dead gorgeous, the acoustics are perfect, and despite its size, it is intimate. You feel close to the performers. Being in the space adds to our students’ excitement.”

The Broad Stage officially opened September 20th with an inaugural gala featuring singer Barbara Cook.

Named for Eli and Edythe Broad, the Los Angeles philanthropists who donated $10 million for an operating endowment for the facility, the performing arts hall has drawn critical acclaim for its architectural design and acoustics.

The Los Angeles Times, for example, called The Broad Stage a “complex and sophisticated venue” and a “new star” on the Westside.

The Broad Stage will feature professional music, dance, and theater performances, but will also be the venue for many SMC music, dance and other events. Prices for the SMC events will be low, averaging around $10.

The Music Department opening concert will feature an eclectic mix of classical and jazz pieces, ranging from Dimitri Shostakovich to Bill Holman. It will also feature the Corsair Overture for Orchestra and Chorus, composed by SMC music professor David Goodman for the college’s 70th anniversary in 2000.

Gliadkovsky, a former adjunct SMC music professor who now teaches at Southern Utah University, will be the piano soloist with the SMC Chorus and Orchestra for Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor, op. 80.

Gliadkovsky’s performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America. Josef Woodard wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “…the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned…enthralling…all in all, a gripping and masterful performance.” He has taken various prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.

Since making his first public appearance at the age of six, Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow’s prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States.

He has performed in Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and the National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, and Redlands Bowl festivals and worked with conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky Alexander Treger, among others.

He has been a featured artist in live TV and radio broadcasts and programs on such networks as CBS, PBS, CBC, WQXR, KBYU, KPAC and Russian State TV and Radio, as well as recordings on NPR. He has recorded six CDs for Alexei Records and for CMK Classics labels.

Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since he ws six. He attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where his teachers included Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev for piano and Leonid Royzman for organ.

He also earned both his master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). He has coached with Ann Schein, Herbert Stessin, Stephen Kovacevich and Lev Naumov.

Tickets are $10.

Information, (310) 434-3000 or (310) 434-4323.