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Pianist Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas will perform at USC Aiken's 10th-annual Winter Nocturne at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in USC Aiken's Etherredge Center.

Tickets still are available for USC Aiken's 10th-annual Winter Nocturne, featuring pianist Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in USC Aiken's Etherredge Center.

Tickets are $25. All students are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Etherredge Center box office, by calling 803-641-3305 or online at etherredge.usca.edu/performances/tickets.dot.

During Winter Nocturne, Minkstimas will play USCA's new Steinway nine-foot concert grand piano. The university is working toward becoming an All-Steinway School.

Once achieved, it will be the only public institution in the state with this distinction and one of four in South Carolina. The first step toward the All-Steinway recognition was bringing the new concert grand to the Etherredge Center Main Stage.

Minkstimas, who first performed for Winter Nocturne in 2014, helped the university choose this particular piano from the Steinway studio in New York, according to a news release from USCA.

Minkstimas spent hours playing five Steinways before recommending this one to the USC Aiken selection committee. He will be reunited with this chosen piano when he performs during Winter Nocturne.

Minkstimas became a Steinway Artist in August 2013. He conducts master classes at the Steinway showroom and concert hall in North Bethesda, Maryland, for the Washington, D.C., musical community.

His visit to Aiken will include master classes with USCA students and community members. His return to the main stage will feature classical works from Robert Schuman, George Gershwin and Franz Liszt.

USCA's annual Winter Nocturne concert is made possible by Ben Cox, a longtime supporter of the university, Etherredge Center and cultural arts programming throughout the community. He also was the co-chair of USCA's All Steinway Campaign.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.