Southern Adventist University will celebrate its distinction as an All-Steinway School with a concert featuring Grammy Award winning pianist Yefim Bronfman on November 8 and 9.
The concert, which will be held in Ackerman Auditorium, is an exciting celebration for the university, and a great cultural event in the community, according to Joy McKee, who is in charge of corporate and foundation relations and played a major role in planning the event.
“The inaugural concert is going to be an incredible time to celebrate that Southern is becoming an All-Steinway School and to offer awareness to the music community,” says McKee.
Southern is especially excited about the featured pianist Yefim Bronfman. He is world-renowned and widely regarded as one of the most talented performers today. He won a Grammy in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His commanding technique has earned him critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide.
“He’s an incredible artist, and he is considered a designated Steinway artist,” says McKee.
As a designated Steinway artist, Bronfman prefers to use only Steinway pianos. Similarly, by becoming an All-Steinway School, Southern will teach and perform exclusively using Steinway pianos. To earn this distinction, Southern purchased 30 Steinway and Boston pianos. Southern joins the likes of schools such as Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School and has become the only All-Steinway School in the region.
Tickets are now available. General admission tickets are $100 and limited reserve seating is $250. To reserve a ticket, call 423.236.3490. Students will be able to purchase deeply discounted tickets with their campus cards at either the Village Market or the Campus Shop. Tickets will be available through October 30.
The concert is black tie optional. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Ackerman Auditorium.