Piano Concert Benefit Slated For January 19


Pianist Ron Clinton performs a special “Tribute to Van Cliburn” benefitting Mount Vernon Music’s school outreach and scholarship programs on January 19 at 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Music Hall.

Clinton, a respected and well-traveled musician, recreates the very program he heard as a 12-year-old boy when his parents drove him to hear Van Cliburn in Abilene. Selections include Beethoven’s “Sonata in E-flat major ‘Les Adieux,’” Brahms’ “Rhapsody in B minor” and “Intermezzo in A major,” Chopin “Polonaise in A-flat major” and “Scherzo in C-sharp minor,” Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in G major” and “Prelude in G minor,” and Debussy’s “Reflets dans l’eau” and “L’isle Joyeuse.” Proceeds support MVM’s regional In-School Outreach program and Betty Whitlock Scholarship fund for music instruction.

Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children’s admission through high school is free (eighth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder). Mount Vernon Music Hall is located at 402 Leftwich St.

Memberships in MVM support a scholarship program for young musicians and outreach concerts for schools and seniors. Memberships start at $25, and are good for the year June 1 through May 31. They can be purchased at www.mountvernonmusic.org.

Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. Information about the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music and historic Mount Vernon Music Hall can be found at the organization’s website.

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