Abe Minzer Concert

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When: 10/09/2012, 7:00 pm

Location: Performing Arts Center

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Pianist Abe Minzer takes you on a musical journey from Bach to Gershwin with stops in-between.

Audience members will be taken on a musical journey spanning four centuries when the Lee College Visual and Performing Arts Division presents “Images: from Bach to Gershwin,” a free concert and lecture featuring Concert Pianist Dr. Abe Minzer.

The two-part event, which is sponsored by the Lee College Campus Activities Board, begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, with a special guest lecture by Dr. Minzer and concludes with a free concert at 7 p.m. that evening.

“It is an honor to welcome Abe Minzer to the Performing Arts Center,” said Lee College Piano Instructor Dr. Charlotte Mueller. “Dr. Minzer not only presents concerts of eclectic music, his life has been eclectic. His education not only encompassed musical studies of the highest caliber — from rigorous piano study in early childhood to the completion of a doctoral degree in piano performance — but also technology, having spent 20 years as a software engineer before devoting himself completely to music. He is an inspirational speaker and brilliant performer whose presentations are simply captivating.”

A renowned educator and concert pianist, Dr. Minzer holds a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, as well as a doctoral degree in Music from West Virginia University. A former professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, he currently teaches private piano, group piano and music theory at Pikes Peak Community College, where he serves as the pianist-in-residence. Dr. Minzer also teaches music history and music theory at the University of Colorado.

An avid performer, Dr. Minzer has presented a number of lecture-performances throughout the country, including Late Chopin, New Beginnings, and often premieres the works of living composers, including Jorge Cardoso, Jim Bosse and Ofer Ben-Amots.

In addition to this teaching and performing credits, Dr. Minzer is also the founder of Classically Alive. Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Arts Council, the initiative hosts more than 50 musicians and artists in salons across Colorado.

“We in Baytown, and at Lee College, are fortunate to have a wonderful personality and musical artist of this caliber come to campus,” Dr. Mueller said. “This is an event everyone will enjoy and no one will want to miss.”

“Images: from Bach to Gershwin” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Lee College Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about Dr. Minzer, or listen to his performances, visit his website, www.abeminzer.com.

For additional information, contact the Lee College Box Office at 281.425.6255.