Whitesburg KY

Pianist Richard Glazier to help dedicate piano

Internationally known pianist Richard Glazier will be in Whitesburg on May 21 to help dedicate the Steinway grand piano at Letcher County Central High School. Glazier will perform three concerts, two on Thursday afternoon for LCCHS students an evening performance at 6:30 p.m. for the community.

The piano was given to the school by a group of Whitesburg High School alumni. Dr. Glazier’s appearance at the school is being sponsored by longtime friend Ron Gist, who owns Gist Piano Centers in Lexington and Louisville, and the Letcher County Schools Education Foundation.

All three concerts will feature a variety of American popular music, including the works of George and Ira Gershwin. The tickets, which are free, for the evening concert are limited and must be reserved in advance by calling 633-4455.

Dr. Glazier, who holds two degrees in performance from Indiana University and a doctorate in musical arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, performs worldwide as an official Steinway artist.

Letcher County Schools Superintendent Anna Craft commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Richard Glazier coming to help us dedicate this instrument. He connects with his audiences not only through his artistry, but also through his fascinating commentaries about the composers of the works he performs — making his programs entertaining, educational, and inspiring. We know he will be a real motivator for our music program.”

Ron Gist added, “The alumni group which purchased this Steinway grand would settle for nothing but the finest instrument available. Working with them, I realized the love and dedication that these former students have for their hometown. Their generosity for this project is evidence of their respect for their cumulative Letcher County roots.”

Glazier’s website, RichardGlazier.com, includes a complete biography of the artist, a list of his recent tours, and musical clips.

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