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Violinist, pianist to perform benefit concert in Reading on Nov. 18

READING — A benefit concert featuring acclaimed violinist Christophoros Petridis and award-winning pianist Dr. Louis Dalaveris will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the WCR Center for the Arts.

The event is sponsored by the St. Xenia Philoptochos Society of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading.

All proceeds benefit the LightHouse Women and Children’s Center in Reading.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Children under 12 are free.

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The WCR Center for the Arts is located at 140 N. 5th St. in Reading.

Petridis, 18, has performed and received awards at various international competitions. He recently won the Grand Prize in Solo Violin at the New York Laureate International Music Competition. Other highlights of his career include the First Absolute Prize Winner award and the Best Beethoven Performance Special Prize in the Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso competition, as well as his participation in the 14th Wienawski – Lipinski competition in Poland.

Dalaveris was born in Greece and grew up in Reading. He studied music with several Berks County teachers before attending Columbia University, where he majored in chemistry, and also studied piano with Niels Ostbye. Dalaveris graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia and then attended Johns Hopkins Medical School, followed by a residency in ophthalmology.

He is currently in private practice in New York City, where he also attends the Evening Division of the Juilliard School. He has participated in numerous amateur competitions in the United States and abroad and has advanced to the semifinals in those events in Paris and Berlin and to the finals in Washington and New York.

Source: Berkshire mont

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