Jazz Piano Performance with Rod Luther – Free!
On Saturday, September 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Pawtucket Arts Festival presents jazz pianist Rod Luther for an early evening of “Memorable Music” at the Forget-Me-Not Gallery in Pawtucket. The gallery show and music performance are free and open to the public. Luther made his music memorable, most recently, during this summer’s run of “When Mahalia Sings” presented by Mixed Magic Theatre at Trinity Rep. Luther’s portrayal of the piano man accompanying the singing of Mahalia Jackson had the seasoned musician playing a role, but his very real music conveyed the spirited vocal style of America’s great lady of gospel song.
The man behind the keyboard at the Forget-Me-Not Gallery, however, is not just playing in the background when it comes to his professional approach to the arts. Rod Luther teaches jazz piano at Providence College, accompanies vocalists, and performs in solo concerts. Though he enjoys playing jazz standards and show tunes, including the music of Gershwin, Ellington, Porter, Berlin, Luther also plays popular songs by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Alicia Keys.
Luther maintains an active schedule as a Pawtucket artist serving Rhode Island at the community level as a musician for two cities. He is a member of the jazz group in residence at the First Unitarian Church in Providence and a founding member of the Providence Piano Club. He also plays the piano for Sunday services at the Olney Street Baptist Church in Providence and accompanies the gospel choir at Providence College.
“Memorable Music” is an encore performance for Luther as part of the new Pawtucket Arts Festival “Fringe,” that partners the month long, multi-arts and media festival with new or non-traditional presenters or arts and cultural producers from the Blackstone Valley region. In the spring of 2011, Rod received a grant from the City of Pawtucket Arts Review Panel to fund a solo jazz piano concert which he performed in September 2011 as part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival.
“Memorable Music” with Rod Luther at the Forget-Me-Not Gallery is free and open to the public from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Audience members may view the show in the art gallery and enjoy historic courtyard seating under a festive tent. Brochures from the recent Pawtucket Arts Festival “Taste of Pawtucket” will be available to guide gallery and music guests to local cuisine in and around the city, after a serving of jazz and piano favorites at the gallery. The Forget-Me-Not Gallery is hosted by The Samaritans of Rhode Island, and their current show features Rhode Island visual artists, including Jaime Camacho and Lee Chabot. For further information about the Gallery and events, contact the Samaritans of RI business line at 721-5220. The Gallery is located at 67 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI 02860.
For further information, visit the Pawtucket Arts Festival at www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.
The Samaritans of RI Forget-Me-Not Gallery and Community Education Center
67 Park Place, Pawtucket RI 02860
On the first floor of brick building, the historic Baker-Hanley House
From Providence and New York:
I-95 North Take exit 27, 2nd left onto Pine Street, after next light take your first right onto Harrison Street. Proceed straight. Take a left onto Park Place (You will see Ground Round Comfort Inn Hotel / Restaurant Parking in front of you.) Go to end of the park and take a left and another left heading south again on Park Place. The Gallery is the first building on your right as you go around park. (all brick). Also home of Preservation Society of Pawtucket and Pawtucket Foundation. Diagonally across from the Pawtucket School Dept. There is a major municipal lot immediately following the church next door.
From Boston and Points North:
1-95 South Take exit 30 and follow Roosevelt Avenue. Turn right onto Exchange Street (becomes Goff Avenue), then turn left onto Dexter Street (becomes Park Place West). The Forget-Me-Not Gallery is on the right side of Park Place, just past the intersection with Main Street
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