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