Community Concert Hall Features Award-Winning Pianist Adam Swanson – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado

The Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall presents pianist Adam Swanson in concert Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. and celebrates some of the greatest American popular music of the first half of the 20th century.

In addition to his talents as a pianist, Adam entertains his audience with the history and stories behind the music, taking them on a tour through America’s musical past, culminating in his personal arrangement of Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue”. . His performances have taken him from the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, to Carnegie Hall and to venues across Europe and Australia.

Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost pianists and historians of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, The Great American Songbook, and more. He has been a featured performer and speaker at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States and abroad, and is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. Adam made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. He performed alongside pianist John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary, and he also toured Switzerland and Australia. Adam has accompanied silent films at the prestigious Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and performed privately for Oscar-winning Disney/Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, etc.). At the age of twenty-one, Adam performed a solo concert at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in classical piano and a master’s degree in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He was mentored by other ragtime artists, including famed Max Morath and legendary 1950s artist Johnny Maddox, who was one of Adam’s biggest influences. Adam has recorded albums with renowned musicians such as former rock star Ian Whitcomb, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra and the Bar D Wranglers, a classic western band. Adam’s recordings were used on the CBC TV show Murdoch Mysteries.

Tickets are $30 and $20 and are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by phone at 970-247-7657. Ticket prices displayed include applicable service charges. All sales final.

The Community Concert Hall is a non-profit, multi-purpose performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to provide a wide range of entertainment in southwestern Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, an independent, state-supported institution of higher education, and financial and in-kind contributions from generous members. from the community.

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