July 9, 2015
Student musicians inspired by pros during Summer Concert Series master classes
The next master class is Friday, to be conducted by Awadagin Pratt, a piano professor and artist-in-residence at University of Cincinnati who has spent his career teaching students how to get jobs and win classical music competitions.
Pratt, who performs for the public Thursday night in the Summer Concert Series, is a pioneer. In 1992, he became the first African-American pianist to win the international Naumburg Piano Competition. His career gained momentum shortly after, and since then, Pratt has played all over the world, including in 2009 for President Barack Obama at the White House.
Other master class instructors this summer will be drummer/vibraphonist Jason Marsalis of the New Orleans Marsalis “first family of jazz,” and Latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, a 2015 Grammy winner.
The teachers will offer students wisdom for both on and off the stage.
“You’ll get a wide pallet of the many roads it takes to get where you want to be,” Hart said. “You bring in all of these diverse artists and the message is: No matter who you are, anything is attainable.”
If you go
▪ What: Young Musicians’ Summer Master Classes presents Awadagin Pratt
▪Where: Congregational United Church of Christ, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables
▪ When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 17