Long Beach based non-profit organization Able ARTS Work announced an inaugural benefit concert entitled Bowie's Piano Man + The Symphonic Suite for Healing 2, featuring an incredible performance by world renowned pianist Mike Garson on Sunday November 4, 2018 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
Transcendence by the legendary Mike Garson. Performing Paganini as only he can. Paganini was an inspiration to many prominent composers including Liszt, Brahms, Weber, and Mike Garson, who brings his influence into the 21st century using jazz, pop, and classical elements to create a new variation on Paganini's most popular caprice. Able ARTS Work is honored Garson will kick off what will be our annual benefit concert, supporting the life changing work of Able ARTS Work in Long Beach, CA.
Bowie's Piano Man +The Symphonic Suite for Healing 2 featuring Mike Garson will be hosted at the iconic art-deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, which was opened to the public in 1931 and was the first sound-equipped theatre in the South Bay.
The first half of this matinee event will unveil Garson's newest Symphonic Suite for Healing, followed by a second half featuring Bowie hits such as "Life on Mars," "Five Years," "Lady Grinning Soul," and Garson's most famous Bowie collaboration "Aladdin Sane," which includes his jaw-dropping solo you won't want to miss live. Garson will be joined onstage by world-class musicians and vocalists, including Grammy nominees Gaby Moreno and Maysa Karaa, along with Joe Sumner and Brett Hool.
Able ARTS Work's primary mission is to provide life-long learning, community service and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people with disabilities in an environment of warmth, encouragement, and inclusion. Launched in 1982 (yet rebranded just two years ago) their day program provides creative studio settings and facilitation for disabled adults in music, drawing, painting, photography, and more. The programs are enriched with music therapy services as well, which has been especially effective for the adults with autism and cerebral palsy in the program. Dolas' idea for the organization was born in the late 1970's when she was a music therapy student and visited state run developmental centers—she didn't see much activity in state hospitals, patients needed more hands-on treatment and it became one of her life goals to provide that. Through art and music, Able ARTS Work has impacted tens of thousands of lives throughout Long Beach, Orange County, Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and Ventura County.
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