Fundraiser to support GSW Music Department
AMERICUS (Sept. 17, 2013)–Georgia Southwestern State University is proud to host internationally known Steinway Artist David Osborne in a tribute concert on Oct. 5, 2013 for former President Jimmy Carter, who turns 89 on Oct. 1. The concert will be held in Georgia Southwestern’s Jackson Performance Hall and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
There will be no charge; however, donations will be accepted at the door. Osborne has generously agreed to designate one half of the proceeds to support the music program at Georgia Southwestern. The funds will be utilized for scholarship support to the Georgia Southwestern Foundation for music students
The concert will showcase the American song book that Osborne presents nightly at his performance venue, The Bellagio Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. David Osborne has performed nearly every year on President Carter’s birthday for the last three decades. When Osborne lived in Florida during the mid-1980s and 90s he performed several times per year for residents of Sumter County and Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga.
Internationally known bassist Danny DeMorales of Las Vegas will join Osborne as well as Scott Berry, a well-known trumpet player, who performed for Carter in 1999 at his 75th birthday celebration at the Rylander Theatre, which marked the Theatre’s grand reopening.
Osborne will be in concert at the Newberry Opera House in Columbia, S.C. on Oct. 2 and in concert at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. on Oct. 3. He will be teaching a master class and attending festivities to celebrate Steinway & Sons pianos and Steinway Week at Coker College, now an “All-Steinway School.”
Los Angeles Music Awards has honored Osborne with a fame star in Hollywood and Concert Pianist of the Year, 2012. David Osborne counts it an honor and privilege to have a close relationship with President Carter.
“One of the things for which I’m truly thankful is that one of the greatest pianists in the world is my good friend for 27 years, David Osborne,” said Jimmy Carter.