Music4Life benefit concert to feature renowned pianist Spencer Myer

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Spencer Myer will be performing Oct. 10 in a benefit concert for the Edmonds School District's Music 4 Life program.
Spencer Myer will be performing a benefit concert for the Edmonds School District’s Music4Life program on Oct. 10 at Richmond Beach Congregational Church.

Renowned concert pianist Spencer Myer will be performing in a benefit concert for the Edmonds School District’s Music4Life program on Oct. 10 at Richmond Beach Congregational Church in Shoreline.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $20 at the door and will benefit the Edmonds and Shoreline Schools Music4Life™ programs.

“This will be a rare opportunity to hear this fine musician,” said concert co-organizer Lee Craig. “His performance will feature works by Schumann, Scarlatti and Bolcom.” Myer will be available to sign CDs after the concert.

Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He received his Doctor of Music Arts in 2005 from Stoney Brook University and is a graduate of The Julliard School in New York City.

In 2004, Myer captured First Prize in the 10th UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as special prizes for the best performances of Bach. He is also the Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, and a laureate in the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland, 2005 Busoni and 2004 Montréal International Piano Competitions, among numerous others. An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Myer has been a frequent guest artist at workshops for students and teachers.

“I recently learned about Music4Life and was just so taken with it that I decided to try to help out more,” Myer said. “Instrumental music certainly is not for every child. But for those who do choose to participate, it is often a life-changing experience because it gives them something meaningful to do with their time and creates a love of music that lasts a lifetime.”

“This is a concert for both adults and children,” said Chelsea Tripp, co-organizer for the concert. “Any adults who happen to have musical instruments they’re no longer using can bring them to donate to the Music4Life program. We’re off to a great start in acquiring musical instruments that can be used by students of low income families.”

Richmond Beach Congregational Church is located at 1512 NW 195th St. in Shoreline.

The Edmonds (www.EdmondsMusic4Life.org) program acquires used musical instruments from adults who no longer use them, get them fully repaired and provide them to Edmonds District Schools for use primarily by students from low income families.   Music4Life also operates other programs for Seattle and Highline Public Schools.

Used musical instruments should be accompanied by a donor form available on the group’s Website (www.Music4Life.org) and can be dropped-off at any Kennelly Keys Music store or at any of several conveniently located sites throughout Edmonds. Visa, MasterCard, DiscoverCard and American Express donations that help take care of musical repairs and supplies can be made online.

For more information or to donate an instrument, contact: DavidEndicott@Live.com or go to www.Music4Life.org. Instrument donation forms are available online, as well as at designated instrument drop-off sites.

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