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DEC 2018

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82 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.18 MEET In 2013, concert pianist Nada Loutfi had an epiphany: Brahms. She can't explain it. "Suddenly I just knew, and I had to learn everything, and everything seemed to me so clear," she says. "There are really no words." In October, she released her fourth album in a series on Brahms, Capriccios & Intermezzos, a 25-track exploration of solo piano works by the 19th-century composer. "I'm more than halfway through recording all of (Brahms') music and becoming the first woman to have achieved that," Loutfi says. But Brahms had factored in her life long before she began "investigating" his work in the last few years. In the mid- 1980s, Loutfi studied piano at the Paris Conservatory, an institution on par with Julliard. She was two weeks away from a performance of Brahms' first piano trio when her 40-year-old mother was killed by mortar fire in Loutfi's home country, Lebanon, becoming another casualty of the Lebanese Civil War. In 2016, Loutfi performed that very same trio at the Clifton Center, in memory of her mother. Loutfi, who lives in the Portland neighborhood, moved to Louisville years ago for a marriage that didn't last. In the mid-2000s, she started "Nada's Classical Hour," which is broadcasted on Sundays on Crescent Hill Radio. This summer, she worked with the composers' club that musician and educator Jecorey "1200" Arthur facilitated at the Shawnee Boys and Girls Club, bringing their works to life. "I cannot say how much more of that needs to be done," she says. "And I would love for those kids to feel like they can go anywhere to listen to classical music; it is also their heritage." — Dylon Jones Nada Loutfi Pianist

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