Council for the Arts to present classical pianist

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 9, 2002

Classical pianist Jesse Davis has played in Paris, Vienna, Ironton and Italy.

He will return to Ironton for the second year in a row.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Davis will perform at the Ohio University Southern Riffe Rotunda in a concert sponsored by the Ironton Council for the Arts.

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"Last year, he came as a substitute for a European pianist," Margaret Reid, past president of the ICA, said. "He was the man's student who got a chance to shine on his own."

Because the audience responded so well to Davis's performance, he was invited to return this year, Reid said. Davis will perform selections of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms.

Davis's performance is the second of six in the ICA's 22nd season.

Marlene Koenig, concert coordinator, said even if someone is not a fan of classical music, those attending the concert will be amazed by the mere spectacle of watching a classical pianist play.

"The concert will be in a small auditorium, so people will get to see him play up close," she said. "It's very fascinating to just watch a classical pianist play."

Davis received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina School of Art, and his Master's degree from Baylor University in Texas. He is currently studying with musician Fabio Bedini.

Davis performed and won awards at the Vienna International Pianist Academy in the summers of 2001 and 2002.

Ticket prices for Saturday's performance is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students.