Media Contact:  Jonathan Levin                                                                                                                               

CLAYTON, NC (January 25, 2016) – Brick and Mortar, wine and valentines, strings and voice – not to mention keys…88 of them to be precise.  This year, Clayton Piano Festival teams up with Brick and Mortar Events’ annual Wine and Valentine for a spectacular evening of food, wine and, of course, music from world-class musicians.

“This is a special concert for Clayton Piano Festival because we always have multiple performers, often in different disciplines sharing the stage.  This lends a tremendous amount of variety to the program and a good-natured camaraderie and collaboration between performers”, says Jonathan Levin, the festival’s founder.  “It’s also just a lot of fun!”

Jonathan will be performing, joined by violinist Michael Danchi, soprano Nikoleta Rallis and pianist Azamat Sydykov.  For the past few years Nikoleta Rallis, an NC native, has lit up stages from North America to Italy and Greece singing at some of the world’s leading houses including Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.  Michael Danchi is no stranger to the triangle area, and has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a violinist, composer, ballet dancer, sound engineer, and screenwriter.  He has performed with the Raleigh, Durham, and North Carolina Symphonies and with the Carolina Ballet both as violinist and dancer.  Azamat Sydykov (pronounced AH-za-maht SID-i-koff) moved to the US in 2011 from Moscow, Russia where he attended the famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory.  Since living in America, he has performed concerts from coast to coast, the first ever in the history of his home country of Kyrgyzstan to play a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.

“We’re excited about this new collaboration with Brick and Mortar Events.  This is a unique and elegant venue and I think it’s a perfect place for a Valentine’s Day outing, whether you desire an intimate evening with your spouse or significant other, or just a fun night out with family or friends,” Jonathan explains. “The event will also have a little different flow to it this year as we will integrate the music a bit more.  The audience will hear music in between courses – kind of like a big musical party.  It promises to be a very enjoyable, laid back and festive evening for everyone, performers included!

To reserve tickets visit or call Brick and Mortar at 919-616-8995.  For more information about Clayton Piano Festival go to   Brick and Mortar Events is located in the heart of historic downtown Clayton at 217 East Main Street.