Blind virtuoso pianist to give benefit recital

Roxbury — The Margaretville Health Foundation has announced a recital by blind virtuoso pianist Timothy A. Schmidt at the Jay Gould Memorial Church in Roxbury, at 7 p.m. on Saturday April 28. Admission is $15 and proceeds will benefit the Margaretville Health Foundation.

Dr. Timothy Schmidt has toured the world as a master artist with recitals of Beethoven, Liszt, Bach, Rachmaninoff, and other piano masterpieces. He was named the Cultural Ambassador to both Russia and China, and has also toured the United States, Mexico, and the Far East.

Numerous awards
His recordings have won him coveted awards from organizations such as Christian Broadcasting. Dr. Schmidt is a Professor Emeritus of Music at Waldorf College in Iowa.

A few years ago, Dr. Schmidt lost most of his eyesight, and gave up the concert stage until recently. After attending a motivational seminar for artists with disabilities,

Dr. Schmidt found his courage again, and will be presenting one of his most challenging piano recitals this spring at various locations in the Midwest and East. Since his remaining sight is so limited, he will be playing mostly by intuitive musical touch and tactile memory. But his level of performance and his artistic excellence is still truly amazing.

Dr. Schmidt’s lifelong friends, Jack Stewart and Don McGee, are residents of Roxbury, and organized the recital to benefit Margaretville Health Foundation. Dr. Schmidt will be performing Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” the very difficult Sonata in b minor by Franz Liszt, and an original piece written for Dr. Schmidt by American composer Daniel Pinkham.

A brief inspirational talk before the performance will explain the theme of the concert: “Transformation,” which has everything to do with the journey and courage to rise above his disability, and his return to the concert stage.

Dr. Schmidt will also be performing a private recital for residents of the Mountainside Residential Care Center, including a collection of inspirational compositions selected from his four CDs.

Ticket information
Advance reservations for the public concert at the Jay Gould Memorial Church can be obtained by calling the Margaretville Health Foundation at 586-2631, extension 3181. Tickets will also be available at the door. A reception with desserts and coffee will follow the concert in the church social hall.