Miami native David Osborne is scheduled to appear in a benefit performance at the Coleman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Proceeds will go to repair the theatre's Steinway piano.
“I plan to dedicate this performance to my music teacher, Mary Helen Harutun, of Joplin,” Osborne said. “She's 98 years old.”
Harutun used to teach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. She was Osborne's teacher when he was a senior in high school. Under her instruction, he won the 1976 National Piano Competition sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association.
Osborne has planned to hold a benefit performance at the Coleman Theatre for more than a year, but the performance had to be postponed for various reasons.
“This month, I will be there, accompanied by the other two members of my trio,” Osborne said.They are bassist Danny Demorales, who performed on tour with Burt Bacharach, and drummer Paul Stubblefield, who performed with the Coasters.
“We'll play some Bacharach,” Osborne said. “Paul will probably sing, he does a great Nat King Cole.”
The music will probably begin with some pieces from the 1920s and some classics.
Osborne was born and raised in Miami.
A “Steinway Artist,” Osborne will have a Steinway grand piano brought from Tulsa to Miami for his performance.
He said that he's looking forward to performing at the Coleman Theatre, which he hasn't seen in person for several years.
“But I've watched its progress on the Internet,” he said. “It looks like it's become the crown jewel in the area.
“While the only family I have left in the area is my sister who lives in Joplin, I know quite a few people in Miami and I hope I'll see them and we can renew old acquaintances,” Osborne said.
He performs regularly at the Bellagio and formerly performed at Caesar's Palace, both in Las Vegas.
Osborne is known as the “Pianist of the Presidents” having performed at the White House for presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. He is a regular performer for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Ga.
Tickets are $25 for premium seating; $20 for adults; $18 for seniors, and $12 for students, 18 and younger.
They are available at the Coleman Theatre or on the Web site at colemantheatre.org.
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