Pianist at Court Street United Methodist April 20

Internationally acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St.

Tickets are available by calling the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (MPAC) at (815) 964-9713. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students.

Among his generation of concert artists, Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight, and intensely involving performances that receive tremendous audience response and press attention throughout the United States. He attended the University of Illinois and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas—piano, violin and conduction.

Recent and upcoming appearances include recital engagements at the Kennedy Center and National Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; as well as return appearances with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Colorado, Kansas City, Utah, Nashville and San Antonio.

Awadagin was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow by Ebony magazine, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. On television, Pratt has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Sesame Street, and has been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and was a featured soloist on PBS’s Live from the Kennedy Center—A Salute to Slava. He has also performed twice at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

At 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Pratt will conduct a workshop for area student performers. Four winners of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s 2007 Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition were invited to perform for Pratt, yet all of the students will benefit from listening to each others’ compositions and learning from his instruction. This student outreach program is free and open to the public.

This concert is sponsored by the Irene A. Glasford Memorial Fund.

For ticket information and more detailed information about the concerts, call the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at (815) 964-9713 or visit mendelssohnpac.org.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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