Indianapolis pianist to perform at music museum

Indianapolis pianist to perform at music museum Pierce Emata, concert pianist from Indianapolis, IN, will present a brown bag lunch program, "From Beethoven to the Blue Danube: The Evolving Landscape of the Romantic Period," in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall at America's Shrine to Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota, Monday, June 19, at 12:05 p.m.

Emata's programs combine informal commentary about the music and composers with a first-rate solo performance. According to Andr� P. Larson, director of the museum, "Monday's presentation will explore the influence of four famous composers who defined piano music in the 19th century, from the newly expressive passion of Beethoven to the rich harmonies of Brahms, the captivating melodies of Chopin, and the legendary virtuosity of Liszt."

"The program will close with a dazzling solo rendition of Johann Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is one in a continuing series of events sponsored by the museum to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano. Emata will play a Roland KR575 piano, courtesy of Mollet Music, Yankton.

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