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Awadagin Pratt to perform on Sapinsley Hall stage, April 3


Awadagin Pratt
Classical pianist Awadagin Pratt will appear in a Performing Arts Series recital on Sunday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

He will perform Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Schumann, Mompou: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Schumann: Etudes in the Form of Free Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, and Liszt Sonata in B Minor.

Pratt was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony magazine’s 50th anniversary issue. He has appeared on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Sesame Street,” and “CBS Sunday Morning.”

In November 2009, Pratt was selected as one of four artists to perform at a White House classical music event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. He has participated in the American Symphony Orchestra League, the National Conducting Institute, and was a featured soloist on PBS’s “Live from the Kennedy Center – A Salute to Slava.”

Pratt studied at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive a degree in three specialized areas – piano, violin and conducting.

He is currently an associate professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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Tickets for Awadagin Pratt are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or in person at the Nazarian Center Box Office in Roberts Hall. The Box Office is also open for sales two hours prior to performance start time in the appropriate show venue.