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By Kent Larsen

LDS Pianist Featured at New York Public Library Concert

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Pianist Grant Johannesen, the best known LDS classical pianist, will perform a free concert sponsored by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 14th as part of the library's performing arts series. Johannesen's career spans more than 50 years, including many concerts for Mormon audiences and a lifetime of recording and performing around the country.

The concert is part of a series put on by the library commemorating the centennial of the death of author Oscar Wilde. Entitled, "A Man of Some Importance: Oscar Wilde and the Performing Arts," the concert will include Robert Schumann's Forest Scenes, which are mentioned in Wilde's classic work "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and works by Chopin, who Wilde praises in "The Critic as Artist." Johannesen will also perform Mozart's Fantasia in D minor.

Because of construction at New York's Lincoln Center, the normal venue for the library's series, this concert will be presented at the US Custom House, one Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, March 14th. Admission for the 6pm performance is free.

Johannesen studied piano at Princeton University from 1941-1946 and also at Cornell University. In 1944 he debuted professionally with the New York Philharmonic, and went on a series of tours of Europe and the USSR. He taught at the Aspen Music School from 1960-1966 and was Music director and then President of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1974 to 1985.

Johannesen has been an important support for the LDS Church in New York City, giving a series of benefit concerts in the early 1970s to raise funds for the construction of the New York New York Stake Center. Last year he performed as part of the stake's Family History Conference, performing the work of his late wife, Helen Taylor and LDS composer Arthur Shepherd.


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