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Critically-Acclaimed Lithuanian-Born Pianist Rudolph Budginas Comes to Salem

Pianist’s repertoire combines Liszt, Gershwin and Johnny Cash, along with a sense of humor, he visits the Elsinore September 14th.

Rudolf Budginas
Rudolf Budginas
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(LOS ANGELES) - Lithuanian-born concert pianist Rudolf Budginas, formally trained at the Moscow Conservatory, embarks on an 82-city, 32-state U.S. tour.

Budginas will perform his highly entertaining concert on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elsinore Theatre, located at 170 High Street, Salem, Oregon. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office.

Budginas incorporates his classical training, his own jazz arrangements, knowledge of music and sense of humor into his performances to connect with his audience.

The tour aims to “conquer the hearts, minds, ears and funny bones of American music lovers,” according to Budginas, who has toured across the world from Denmark to Japan. Budginas has been described as a classical version of Jon Brion.

Budginas, who tells humorous stories during performances about his childhood with a family of musicians, also explains musical lines from Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” and Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line.”

He jazzes up hits like “Claire de Lune” and “Moonlight Sonata” as a soloist and with a jazz accompaniment. The critically-acclaimed audience experience is both educational and entertaining, with interactivity rarely found in classical concerts.

States included in the tour are: Arizona, Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

For a complete list of performances and cities, go to Rudolf Budginas’ website at To see video clips of Budginas performing, go to and


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