World-renowned pianist and local superstar Charlie Albright will perform a fundraising concert for the Centralia College Foundation at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Corbet Theatre on the Centralia College campus.
Tickets are $40 for boxed seats or $30 for general admission. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and the Charlie Albright Piano Fund.
Tickets are available at Book n’ Brush, Heymann Winery, and the Centralia College Foundation Office (located at Centralia College Boulevard and Iron Street), or by calling 360-736-9391, ext. 777. Early purchase is recommended. This event is expected to sell out.
Albright plans to perform Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a piece he describes as “a behemoth with many different, short parts, each representing a different picture.” He will also play Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, and include time for improvisation.
A former Centralia College student, Albright is, in every sense of the word, a piano prodigy. He began playing piano at age 3 and has already earned international acclaim and prestigious awards.
Simultaneously a student at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music at just 18 years old, Albright won the Eastman International Piano Competition at age 17, and was the youngest student ever accepted at Texas Christian University’s Van Cliburn Piano Institute at just 15 years of age. He’s won many of the piano world’s top accolades in his short career.
Albright has not performed at Centralia College since 2010.