November 24, 2004
Southampton College Sophomore Pavel Bogomiakov Performs Piano Masterpieces
Russian-Born Biology Major Offers Free Public Concert in Avram Theatre
Southampton, NY .The halls of the Fine Arts building of Southampton College will ring with the sounds of Beethoven and Liszt on December 11, thanks to Pavel Bogomiakov, a biology major who resides in Hampton Bays. The 19-year-old will be performing a free public concert in the Avram Theatre that afternoon at 3 p.m.
Bogomiakov came to the United States on a two-week visa from Siberia five years ago, but quickly decided that he wanted to stay with his mother and study music after receiving an invitation to a special program at Julliard.
With an easy smile, Bogomiakov explains how he has always had passion for both music and science. "I would like to go into both," he said. "I find similarities between them. They both require a lot of math."
In order to transfer to a different school, Bogomiakov would have to secure a green card, the document that states he is legally allowed to remain in the United States. With the help of Dr. Robert Danziger, a professor and the man who opened up his Hampton Bays home to the young student, he has implored Senator Hillary Clinton to assist. Sen. Clintons request to the immigration bureau was returned positively, and a green card is likely on its way in January.
Covering works from a variety of composers, Bogomiakov hopes to engage the community in the wonder he feels through these pieces. Donations will be accepted for the benefit his education and the theater program at the College.