Pianist Glazier performs tribute to Hollywood musical April 18 | PostIndependent.com

Pianist Glazier performs tribute to Hollywood musical April 18

Pianist and narrator Richard Glazier will perform at the final Community Concert Association event of the season, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.

Members may renew for next year’s concert season at this event, and new members are invited to attend as a bonus for joining.

Glazier’s performance is titled, “Salute to The Hollywood Musical.”

This program provides an evening of nostalgia and entertainment of the highest order. Glazier weaves commentary, film clips and piano performances into a glorious, multi-media celebration of the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical.

He offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of some of the great film composers, like George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Harry Warren, and also recounts his own personal relationships with Ira Gershwin, Johnny Green and Hugh Martin. Glazier performs their songs in rare and brilliant transcriptions and allows the audience to appreciate these musical geniuses as never before.

In addition, film clips feature the legendary dancing teams of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, and the great singing stars Nelson Eddy and Jeannette McDonald and the incomparable Judy Garland.

Songs include “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” and more. Glazier also performs a specially commissioned medley of songs from “Meet Me In St. Louis.” For his finale, he performs the complete solo piano version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and pays tribute to Gershwin, who inspired generations of American songwriters and elevated the movie musical to its greatest heights.

The Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization of valley citizens working as volunteers to present a series of classical, ethnic, folk and popular music. It is a national organization committed to delivering high-quality musical opportunities to smaller towns and cities. Membership entitles one to attend all concerts in the series, as tickets are not sold for individual events.

The 2002-03 season’s schedule will bring five performances to the stage. They include:

Oct. 22: Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, 12 Tennessee musicians dedicated to playing the music of small-town bands from the early 1900s.

Nov. 10: Jim Post in “Mark Twain and the Laughing River,” an award-winning portrayal of Mark Twain in song and speech.

Feb. 11, 2003: Jennifer Aylmer, a soprano with many honors and awards.

March 18: The Katona Twins, duo classical guitarists considered among Europe’s leading young artists.

April 1: “Three Hits and a Miss,” songs of the 1940s and 1950s presented by four vocalists backed up by piano, percussion and bass.

Membership for the 2002-2003 series is $35 adults, $15 student, and $80 for family. Those wishing to support the series at a higher level can purchase the Friends level, which includes one ticket for $50 or two tickets for $100. Patrons purchase four tickets for $200, donors purchase six tickets for $500 and sponsors purchase 10 tickets for $1,000.

Colorado cities and towns that also offer Community Concert Association programs and accept local tickets include Grand Junction, Craig, Meeker, Delta and Montrose.

For more information, or to order tickets, call board members Judy O’Donnell at 945-7149 or Sue Ludtke, 945-8722.

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