anikushin1Russian born (and internationally lauded) keyboard artist Maxim Anikushin performs in a free concert at Monmouth Conservatory of Music Saturday afternoon.

Classical music can be a little scary to those who don’t often breathe in its rarefied air. The gowns and tuxedos, the season tickets that go for the price of a certified pre-owned Lexus, the sense that you’re a trespasser in a strange land.

Look a little closer, however, and you’ll see that there’s a place, right in your back yard, that can erase those fears — a place where you can experience some first-rate performers, in a relaxed and comfortable setting that’s as free of unnecessary pomp and preening as it is free of charge.

It’s the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, and this Saturday afternoon, February 19, it hosts another in a series of acclaimed artists inside the auditorium of its headquarters on White Street in Red Bank.

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