Pianist Martin Berkowitz to Perform at JBU

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 12, 2004) - On Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in John Brown University’s Jones Recital Hall, pianist Martin Berkowitz will perform music by Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff. The event is free and open to the public. Less than three years after taking his first piano lesson at age five, Berkowitz received a scholarship to the Chatham Square Music School in New York City. Berkowitz later graduated from New York University, where he wrote his graduate thesis on the Stylistic Aspects of Chopin’s Noctumes. Since 1969, he has gone on an annual tour of Europe. He has recorded for many radio and television stations in Europe, Mexico, and the USA and has an exceptional percentage of re-engagements and an ever-expanding solo repertoire. “Music speaks to us directly across the boundaries of nationalities, religions, and races,” Berkowitz said. “It inspires us, comforts us, and can even heal us. That is my goal and I believe it is a worthy one to which one’s life can be dedicated.” This presentation is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Arkansas Arts Council, Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. ###

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