Arts Council to host world-renowned pianist

Published 12:05 pm Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Two Rivers Arts Council will present pianist Don Irwin in concert on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium.

Don Irwin continues to thrill music connoisseurs across the United States with his unique and innovative one-man show.

Irwin’s passionate show stopping musical prowess creates an atmosphere that is both warm and invigorating, leaving audiences spellbound and overjoyed.

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While playing, the artist communicates the sentiments of his heart and soul, touching the spirit of the listener and causing them to experience an array of emotions. Few musicians are able to make such a connection.

As a classically trained musician, Irwin surprises many with his very versatile non-classical repertoire. He studied piano performance and received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Illinois. His expansive musical styling allowed him to work as a recording studio musician for artists such as Prince, Donna Summer and many others.

During the 1990s, he signed a three-year recording contract with South Africa Transistor Records to produce an album for the European and African markets.

The overwhelming success of that album led to guest performances at the Cannes Music Festival, appearances on MTV Europe and MTV Africa, and two music videos for the government of South Africa.

At the request of the South African government, he toured many schools throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe giving concerts at various schools to expose students to different musical styles ranging from classical to original compositions. This experience was the impetus for the Caravaggio Foundation that Irwin founded to provide music education scholarships.

In the mid-1990s, Irwin was asked to give personal appearances at Bloomingdale flagship store in New York City and at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. This launched a highly successful annual fall concert featuring Irwin on piano at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, which continues today.

Irwin’s works have become known around the world. His music is uniquely fused with varying blends and textures acquired through his travels and experiences in diverse world cultures.

His beautiful melodies, sweeping ranges, unique sounds and exotic rhythms are intertwined to form what has become the Don Irwin signature.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 and are free for Two Rivers Arts Council members.

For more information, contact Morgan Allen at (334) 289-1595.