Renowned pianist David Osborne will perform at the Coleman this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. as part of a fundraiser hosted by the INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center Foundation.
MIAMI – Nationally renowned pianist David Osborne is bringing his Steinway piano and Las Vegas strip style show to the Coleman Theatre in Miami, the hometown he never forgot.
“Of course I always love coming back to Miami,” Osborne said. “I am bringing a Steinway from Tulsa, down from New York, the one they use in Carnegie Hall. The marriage of the beautiful 1920s theater, using the nine-foot Steinway, plus being at home where I was raised is not a bad thing either.”
Osborne will perform at the Coleman this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. as part of a fundraiser hosted by the INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center Foundation. There will also be a VIP meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit patient care at INTEGRIS Miami. The evening will feature Osborne, a well-known Steinway artist who has been referred to as the “Pianist to the Presidents,” having played for the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.
“We are so humbled Mr. Osborne is taking time out of his busy schedule to perform at the INTEGRIS benefit,” said Tim Bowen, interim president of INTEGRIS Miami. “Mr. Osborne has demonstrated his commitment to his hometown community by sharing both his time and talents and then contributing all proceeds back to patient care at INTEGRIS Miami.”
Osborne is excited to perform at the Coleman again since his last performance there in 1995 and says the venue is more spectacular and beautiful than it has ever been in his lifetime, and that he hopes the theater continues to be used for performances. The Coleman remains special despite Osborne’s performances in some of the most prestigious performance halls in the nation, including 56 times playing in the White House.
“Growing up we were always in awe of the Coleman Theatre, now it’s spectacular,” he said. “I hope it’s never used only as a museum, and the fact that it’s a world-class performing arts center, I think it’d be a shame not use it for what it was meant.”
Osborne received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University. At Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, he studied classical pipe organ and piano performance, with a minor in French. At Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, he completed a master’s degree in keyboard performance and music composition.
Osborne worked for Disney and at larger hotels in Florida, then joined the St. Louis Symphony for two years, before being discovered and asked by Roger Williams to audition at Caesars Palace in Vegas, at a time when the pianist had just left to go on a worldwide tour.
“I think things happen cataclysmically. That it’s got to be divine intervention. The stars all line up at once, and it can happen,” Osborne said. “There were 200 pianists trying for this job and auditioning, and I was a kid from Oklahoma coming out here and I didn’t think I had a shot.”
The pianist from Miami now performs at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He was a fixture at Caesars Palace for 12 years and is the only pianist to play 21 consecutive years on the Vegas strip. Osborne’s musical repertoire includes romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes.
“I tell this at every concert. We had a map of the United States in our laundry room growing up there in Miami in my parent’s house. My Mother had Vegas whited out on the map because it was considered sin city to the Southern Baptists,” Osborne said laughing.
Miami has honored Osborne’s accomplishments with a commemorative plaque in the Pocket Park next to the Coleman Ballroom.
“I would love to have a full house for the concert, Osborne said. “I was just taken back by this honor there for me and former hospital president Joel Hart got behind that. This was so kind and wonderful… I just can’t thank them enough.”
Due to his desire to inspire others to consider musical careers, Miami High School students, twin brothers Brett and Brice Mayfield, will be performing at the Coleman before Osborne takes the stage.
“When I came to Vegas live music was in every venue, now it’s becoming almost archaic,” Osborne said. “I do try to help others, especially young people.”
Osborne is planning a premier performance for the benefit, playing songs from the American Song Book, pop tunes, Frank Sinatra standards, songs from musicals, and some surprises.
“We’re going to bring Vegas to Miami,” Osborne said. “ I’m bringing my bass player, Danny DeMorales, and Paul Stubblefield who travels with me as part of the David Osborne Trio and he sings and plays and drums.”
According to a press release from INTEGRIS, few of Osborne’s more significant recent events include: a concert for the American Breast Cancer Foundation, an interview and performance on TV’s “The 700 Club,” a concert for the Steinway and Sons International convention of worldwide dealers at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a benefit concert at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, two concerts for Mr. and Mrs. Don Hall, CEO of Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and a performance in Las Vegas, playing the Steinway pianos of Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn and George Gershwin at Southern Nevada Music as a part of Steinway and Sons Legendary Instruments of the Immortals Tour.
Osborne’s music encompasses 22 CDs currently on sale through the North Star Music label available at gift stores. His record sales are approximately 5 million. His latest recording is available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores, “Simply Romantic.”
“I’m not taking any profit from the concert, it’s all going to the hospital,” Osborne said. “Let’s fill the theater and have a fun time.”
The benefit concert begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the historic Coleman Theater located at 103 North Main St. General admission is $30, and student tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.colemantheatre.org or by calling 918-540-2425.
Five different sponsorship opportunities are also available, ranging in price from $200 to $5,000. Each support level provides a different inviting package for sponsors to enjoy. For sponsorship opportunities, call 918-533-1035.
Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at email@example.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.