The Live at Five concert series is closing out its 2012–13 season with a bang! On Tuesday, March 26th, keyboardist/composer extraordinaire Sean Turner (McNally Smith’s keyboard Department Head) will take the stage at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Snacks and performances from a variety of student performers commence in the atrium at 5 p.m.
The Canadian-born, Twin Cities-raised Turner has crafted music for some of the biggest clients imaginable, including Sony, Target and Oprah. His love for contemporary jazz can be heard on his critically acclaimed release, Begin Again. Turner is not one to perform live in public often, so don’t miss out on this excellent (and FREE) opportunity to catch a true master!
About the Live at Five Series:
Live at Five puts the spotlight on McNally Smith College of Music faculty, with performances in a variety of styles. All Live at Five events are free and open to the public. Each concert begins with a 5 p.m. reception in the McNally Smith Atrium, featuring free appetizers and performances by student ensembles. Wine and beer are available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting Gillette Children’s Hospital and Instruments In The Cloud—an online effort to get musical instruments into the hands of music students in public schools. At 6 p.m., the featured faculty member will take the stage in the McNally Smith Auditorium.
About Sean Turner:
Sean Turner began his professional music career as a vocalist, performing as a soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera soprano, Lucy Shelton, in the world premier of twentieth century composer George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children. He also received first prize in the vocal division of the Thursday Musical Competition. Turner was awarded a study grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to work with internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen in New York. Music has led him around the world on numerous tours to Europe, Russia, Romania, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States. Turner is currently a much in demand keyboardist/composer. Past clients include: American Express, Wells Fargo, Northwest Airlines, Target, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and gospel artist Mavis Staples among many others. Turner is the author of two instructional texts: Write Your Own Music! and Contemporary Keyboard Playing. He has also produced a new book of arrangements for solo piano from his award winning CD Lullabies for Children and Adults. His latest CD of contemporary jazz, Begin Again, was released in 2006.
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