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Belle Isle Library Presents Piano Masterworks for Children

Shakespeare suggested that music is the food of love.  If that’s the case, master pianist Wayne McEvilly is a gourmand. 

On Saturday, April 10, the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, presents “Piano Masterworks for Children with Wayne McEvilly.”  The program begins at 2:00p.m., is free and is recommended for all ages.

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 the library system’s most popular events,” said Belle Isle librarian Ann Meeks.  “Not only is he one of the outstanding pianists of our time, but no one excels him at making a connections with children and getting them to share his excitement about great music.”

In response to one of McEvilly’s earlier library concerts, 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 it is especially good for children because listening to the music of Mozart or Bach can improve their concentration for reading, studying and doing all kinds of creative work.”

For more information about the Piano Masterworks For Children,” please call the Belle Isle Library at 843-9601.

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.