“Piano Concerts For Everyone”
At Downtown Library
Sidney Lanier, the American poet and educator said, “Music is love in search of a word.” Master pianist Wayne McEvilly is never at a loss for words.
Beginning July 8, McEvilly begins a new “Piano Concerts For Everyone—Second Sunday Series” of concerts at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave. As the name implies, his concerts will occur on the second Sunday of every month, July 2007 through June 2008, with the sole exception of November. The programs begin at 2:00 p.m. and doors open at 1:30. All performances will be presented in the 46th. Star Auditorium on the library’s 4th floor. There is no admission charge and the concerts are suitable for all ages.
“It is commonplace to assert that music is a universal language,” McEvilly said. “What is less seldom recognized is that music is a language of great and precise specificity. Music speaks directly to the human spirit. It [can] serve to take man to the very heart of spiritual being . . . “
Since his move to Oklahoma City from California in 2004, McEvilly has been taking the poetry of music to schools and libraries. His performances reflect his interest in seeing that people "come to know the value of music beyond entertainment, to know its fabulous, mystical, educational and spiritual dimensions."
“Over the past few years, Wayne’s concerts have become among our most popular events,” said Downtown librarian Darlene Browers. “Not only is he one of the outstanding pianists of our time, but no one excels him at sharing the excitement of great music with an audience.”
McEvilly, who has presented a series of Mozart recitals for the Metropolitan Library System, is also a great match for Chopin, whose music, while it can be technically difficult, is all about emotion and subtlety. Included in this year’s series will be music by Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, J.S. Bach, Schubert, and Chopin.
In response to last year’s concert series, one member of the audience wrote, "McEvilly is a treasure. The library's sponsorship of him is a blessing to the community and we hope this partnership will continue for many years to come."
There is nothing dry or dated about the greatest music. “This is music that is alive and with something to say to anyone who hears it,” McEvilly said. “This is music I want to share with everyone, and the public library, which is open to all, is a wonderful venue.
“The Metro Library System is presenting a year of some of the greatest masterworks for piano, to the general public, absolutely free. I feel completely priviliged to have been allowed to perform in the beautiful, relaxed and absolutely welcoming setting of the 46th Star Auditorium.”
For more information about the Piano Concerts For Everyone—Second Sunday Series of piano concerts with Wayne McEvilly, please call the Downtown Library at 231-8650.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org