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Stephen Buck debuts at Tabernash Concert Series

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Stephen Buck will make his professional Colorado debut in Grand County on Friday night, March 13. Buck will play in place of the previously scheduled performance of pianist Vanessa Perez.

"It happens," said Judy Baxter, president of the concert series. "This is the first time a musician has withdrawn from our schedule. We are so pleased that we can still offer an opportunity to hear an exceptional, solo piano performance this season."

Supporting sponsors for this concert are Grand County TV17; Melem USA, LLC; Sage Peak Associates; and Winter Park Dine & Play Magazine.

Buck serves as chair of the piano department at SUNY (State University of New York) Purchase Conservatory of Music, located a half hour north of Manhattan. Buck received his doctoral degree from Yale University School of Music. He has taught and performed at the Adriatic Music Festival in southern Italy. He is a co-founder of the AlpenKammerMusik Festival in Austria. Buck has performed with F.I.R.E., New York based contemporary music ensemble, as well as with the piano quartet Ensemble Argos, playing traditional repertoire. He made his Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut through Artists International in New York.

Buck firmly believes in community concerts. "They are vital to the survival of classical music. Community concerts present a chance for audiences to engage closely with the music and the performer, which they can't do listening to a recording," he says.

For student musicians in rural areas, Buck has this advice: "Listen, listen and listen some more. Find recordings and live performances on YouTube, go to community concerts, and find a way to hear major artists at live performances. In other words, do everything to become fluent in the language of music."

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Buck performs on Friday night, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Eternal Hills, Tabernash. A dessert reception in the Fellowship Hall follows the concert where the audience can meet him.

Adult tickets, $20, are available online at the GCCS website or at the concert. Grand County students are free with their student ID. Adults accompanying Grand County students are $5 each. Tickets for other students are $10.

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