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By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
Though winter seldom makes an easy exit in Pagosa Springs, the calendar tells us it is springtime and it is time to celebrate. If the long winter months have made your heart yearn for a live classical piano concert played in an acoustically lovely environment, then make your plans to come to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church next Wednesday evening, April 9, at 7 p.m. Dallas artist Tamy Christ will serenade us with music sure to delight your soul.
The concert and lecture, titled “Pathos, Passion and Possession,” will include Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude in G minor on “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,” Chopin’s “Nocturne in E minor” Opus 72 #1, Beethoven’s famous Adagio from the “Moonlight Sonata” Opus 27 #2, Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor Opus 48 #1, and Debussy’s “Sarabande” and “Prelude.”
Tamy Christ is well known in the Dallas metroplex as one of the best classical piano teachers in the area. Many of her students have won prestigious awards and have gone on to have concert careers of their own. Her approach to teaching piano music is one of superb discipline, technique and artistry, all of which she applies to her own playing.
Tamy is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she studied with noted classical pianist Tong-il-Han — who was the winner of the 1965 Levintritt Competition, a prestigious competition for classical pianists and violinists (Itzhak Perlman won the award the year before). During her high school years she studied with Alfred Mouledous, pianist for Dallas Symphony Orchestra and piano instructor at SMU.
Her music is a reflection of her personality and love of the outdoors. She is an avid hiker and derives inspiration from the music of nature and its natural rhythms. Nature feeds her and puts her in touch with the feelings she wants to express through her own artistry.
“Tamy Christ is a redheaded ball of fire,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. “She approaches piano music with incredible passion, pouring herself into every note she plays. Her personality is one that is filled with joy and intense purpose. Her students love her, but they also know that she doesn’t accept half-efforts. They work hard, just as she does, to make sure that what they give is 100 percent. I am looking forward to hearing her play and hope we will have a full house of people who love and appreciate classical music. I particularly hope we have teachers and students there. I think all who attend will be inspired.”
The concert is free to students and a $10 donation requested at the door for all others (no one will be turned away regardless of ability to pay). The money collected will go towards St. Patrick’s summer music program.