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Concert pianist to give recital

Awadagin Pratt

Awadagin Pratt

ALBANY, Ga. -- Renowned concert pianist Awadagin Pratt will conduct a master class on the campus of Albany State University and later give a public performance at the Albany Municipal Auditorium, said Leroy Bynum Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at ASU.

According to Bynum, during the master class, to be conducted at noon Monday, Pratt will perform and share his experiences as concert artist and piano professor. In addition, he will work individually with three selected ASU piano majors. The class will be conducted in the ASU Academic Building Auditorium and is free to the public.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Pratt will give a formal recital at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. Tickets for that event are $5, $10 and $15.

"Mr. Pratt is something of a 'triple threat' in that he is known as an excellent violinist and conductor as well," Bynum said. "During his studies at the Peabody Conservatory, he made the decision to make piano his primary focus."

Described as a "hulk of a man," Bynum said Pratt may at first seem an unlikely virtuoso -- until he begins to play and "all doubts fly out the window."

Pratt's performance is part of the T. Marshall Jones Lyceum and Performance Series, sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For ticket information, contact the ASU Department of Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849.