Monday, June 1, 2009

Hidden Talent

Lamar Alexander can play the piano.

I know he is slated to perform with the symphony later this month, but sometimes when we have celebrity guest artists perform with us, their performance is, well, secondary to their name recognition. I just checked out Lamar Alexander's interview on NPR's Weekend Edition and he can *play* the piano.

In fact, as governor he traveled around Tennessee performing with 21 symphonies and community orchestras as a way to unite people. He's a classically trained pianist but he is able to play all different styles from Mozart to gospel. As a young man he played on Bourbon Street in New Orleans for extra money. He has even recorded The Tennessee Waltz with Patti Page. As senator he doesn't perform often, so it will be a real treat to hear his performance on June 13th.

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