WELLINGTON – “Ritz fans, you’re in for a delightful treat when we welcome the Amarillo College (AC) Piano Concert Series, as they present ‘Thirty Dirty Fingers’ live, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 on the Ritz stage,” said Margret Wood, president of the Ritz Theatre Board of Directors. “Admission is free, with reception to follow the performance, in the Ritz lobby.”
The Amarillo College Music Department is pleased to invite residents in and around Wellington to attend a complimentary presentation of classical piano music performed by faculty, past and present, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the David D. and Nona S. Payne Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Bruce Lin and Dr. Nathaniel Fryml, of the AC faculty, and Dr. James Rauscher, former chair of the Music Department and retired, but now teaching as adjunct, will be the featured artists. The trio will compete for keyboard space on the same piano to synchronously present works from Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Sousa and more.
“We are excited to be able to present what we hope will be a very entertaining concert for folks in the Collingsworth County area,” said Lin, artistic director for the concert series and director of piano at AC. “The music we’ve selected is great fun, and we are especially looking forward to playing it at the Ritz Theatre.”
Fryml is director of choral activities at AC and serves as artistic director of the Amarillo Master Chorale. He also actively performs as a keyboard soloist and chamber musician.
Lin has performed throughout Canada, China, Mexico, Taiwan and the U.S. He is both a soloist and an active chamber musician. He formerly served on the music faculty at Texas Lutheran University and University of the Incarnate Word.
Rauscher spent 35 years teaching piano at AC. He has served as principal keyboardist for the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 1981, and he also is a frequent guest soloist with the orchestra and pianist for Master Chorale.
The matinee in Wellington will replicate the inaugural performance of AC’s 2021-2022 Art Force Piano Series, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 with “Thirty Dirty Fingers” at the Concert Hall Theater on the College’s Washington Street Campus.
The Oct. 5 presentation in Amarillo and the Oct. 10 matinee in Wellington will be the only performances of “Thirty Dirty Fingers.”
“Our gratitude to the Payne Foundation for making it possible to take this special event to Wellington is boundless,” Lin said.