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By Kent Larsen

New York Family History Seminar Combined with Concert by Pianist Grant Johannesen

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Nationally known LDS pianist Grant Johannesen will wrap up a busy day at the New York, New York stake center performing a concert of both well-known works and works by two LDS composers. The concert follows a regional Family History Seminar that attracts hundreds of genealogists and LDS Church members from the region each year.

Johannesen's career spans more than fifty years, in which he has distinguished himself as an international pianist of the highest order. He is also clearly the best-known LDS pianist today. He is a long-time resident of New York City, when not on tour, and has supported the Church here, most notably through a concert series that raised funds to build the New York New York Stake Center and its adjoining apartment tower. His concert will feature the works of LDS composers Arthur Shepherd and Helen Taylor in addition to works by Mozart, Schumann and Debussy.

Earlier in the day, the Family History Seminar will start with a keynote address by Cathy Horn of the Jewish Genealogical Society. Five hours of workshops will follow on either side of a luncheon with live music and featuring genealogy displays.

Workshops at the Seminar will help participants sharpen their skills and teach new skills in areas such as preserving photos on CD, getting family stories recorded, tracking and retrieving information from other countries. One workshop will feature LDS artist Valerie Atkisson, who has a new exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art. Her art in the exhibit tells the story of her family in Norway for more than 200 years.


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