Friday, July 15, 2011

Art for Life Sponsors... An All-Classical Afternoon with Pianist Joe Pepper on Sunday, August 7 in Orange

Art for Life Sponsors... An All-Classical Afternoon with Pianist Joe Pepper on Sunday, August 7 in Orange

Join classical pianist Joe Pepper in an afternoon performance of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and contemporary composer Bathory-Kitsz on Sunday, August 7 starting at 4:00 pm at the First Universalist Church, 31 North Main Street in Orange, MA.  The performance is free of charge and sponsored by the Performing Arts Collaborative, a division of the North Quabbin-based Art for Life. 

Recently described by the Montpelier, Vermont publication, The Times Argus, as having “an unusually warm sound” and “a direct musical approach,” Pepper’s performances have attracted audiences from various musical backgrounds.  The August 7 concert will feature Bach’s 1st Partita in B Flat Major, Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Opus 10, No. 3, Chopin’s 3rd Sonata in B Minor, Mozart’s Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Variations and contemporary composer Bathory-Kitsz’s Starry Night.

Joseph Pepper grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, earning performance degrees from Ithaca College and the UMKC Conservatory, where he also performed with the Kansas City Ballet.  Pepper moved to Vermont in 2006 and opened a private piano studio.  He has taught Theory and Piano in the music departments at the University of Vermont, Champlain College, SUNY Plattsburgh and Johnson State College. 

Pepper frequently concertizes throughout New England and Upstate New York in solo and collaborative performances.  In addition to his classical music career, Pepper is an audio professional and contributes his abilities as an audio engineer, producer and announcer to Vermont Public Radio.  He has most recently founded the Church Street Concert Series featuring both local and international artists at the First Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Burlington, Vermont.

The mission of the Art for Life Performing Arts Collaborative is the cultivation and promotion of the performing arts…music, theatre, dance, spoken word and more.  We welcome performers from the region, the state, the country and the world! 

Following the August 7 performance, the public is invited to a reception to meet the performer. Light refreshments will be served.

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