End of Summer, Back to Piano Concert (8-20-11 wrap up)

We had fun last Saturday night.  We had a full house and even some dancing in the aisles.  With any luck, last Saturday’s concert will inspire some in our community to pursue music with more energy and enthusiasm.  Looking out among the crowd, I saw our hall filled with musicians, teachers, parents and many children and every seat was full.

Our first performer of the night was Larry Barker.  Larry is a elementary school music teacher here in Gwinnett County.  His performances were all about energy and emotion, speaking his own words through jazz.  His inspiration was from greats like Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Vince Guaraldi and Michel Petrucciani.

Our second performer of the night was Julie Ye.  Julie has her own piano studio and teaches locally.  Her performances we about expression and ideas from great classical composers.  Her inspiration was from Bach, Beethoven, Greig and Mendelssohn.

After the concert, we completed our PianoWorks & Hailun USA Free Piano Giveaway by drawing for our grand prize winner.  In attendance was Lauren Wallace, VP of Hailun USA who drew the name of the lucky winner.  Local piano teacher Stephanie Freemen was chosen to win a brand new Hailun professional upright piano.  That’s quite a prize.

By all measures, our concert was a great success.  We look forward to more fun events in the coming months that you wil not want to miss.

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