World Class Pianist at Saint Mary’s

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(Jiyang Chen, Photographer)
Pianist Bobby Mitchell breathes new life into classical repertory with his talent for improvisation and live performance.

    Lamorinda comes into its own with Broadway stars appearing in concert at the Orinda Theatre, renowned tribute bands at Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre and international award-winning musicians performing in Moraga. 
    One such musician is pianist Bobby Mitchell. Known for his expertise in performing both standard classical repertory of centuries past and improvising new music, Mitchell is scheduled to perform at the Saint Mary’s College Chapel on March 31 at 3 p.m. A reception with the artist is set to follow at 5 p.m.
    “He is so dynamic and charismatic in his playing,” says Orinda resident Vicki Nakamura, who volunteers with SMC’s music department. “He’s an American musician but he lives in Germany, and we are very fortunate that he has included Saint Mary’s College in his current tour.”
    Active as a solo and collaborative concert pianist on modern and historical instruments, Mitchell’s talents extend to the fields of improvisation, composition, conducting and teaching. He has performed extensively in the Americas, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. The sought-after performer records for the Alpha/Outhere music label, and his YouTube channel has become an Internet phenomenon for classical and improvised piano music with more than 500,000 views. For more information on Mitchell, go to www.bobbymitchellpiano.com.
    Reservations are not needed. The event is free with donations appreciated. For more information, go to www.stmarys-ca.edu/bobbymitchell or email Nakamura at vnak525@comcast.net.

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