Whisperings in Birmingham
Last night I attended a Whisperings concert in Birmingham. I had been invited to perform, but as I didn’t know the hall or the piano, I decided against it.
I heard my dear friend Joseph Akins perform, in his inimitable way, some of his songs that I know and love – his arrangement of “Tennessee Waltz” and “Butterfly Ride”, among others.
Lee Bartley, from Colorado, whose playing I didn’t know, was TERRIFIC. His jazz stylings, facility, harmonic and rhythmic flair, place him among the handful of popular piano artists that I think are really first rate.
Walter Knapp, who lives in Birmingham, is a wonderful player who deserves to be heard by a larger audience. His interpretation of three Chopin Etudes was inspiring, and his transcriptions of hymn fill me with envy. He sounds like Rachmaninoff! It was a great evening of wonderful music, and I felt privileged to attend.