Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) welcomes pianist Barron Ryan to its stage on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 PM.
Barron Ryan’s love for music has always been divided. The son of two musicians, he grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Mozart to Michael Jackson. So, when it comes to his own work, he’s not content drawing on just one influence. He combines them all into a musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.
After beginning piano lessons at age four with his father, Barron seemed destined for a career in music. He excelled in performing throughout his middle and high school years in Tulsa, OK, then continued to impress his peers and instructors as a piano performance major at The University of Oklahoma. After winning a piano competition that sent its winner to perform internationally, Barron found his artistic voice while on tour. He discovered the joy of jazz- and ragtime-inspired concert music (found on his debut album, Classical with Attitude), and learned from great jazz pianists by transcribing and replaying their solos (found on his second album, The Masters’ Apprentice).
In 2019, Barron noticed a shocking lack of funk-, pop-, and country-inspired classical music. Realizing he could fill that void, he composed the “Magic City” Sonata and a dance suite called Suite Thing. Those works are now published and recorded on his third solo record, First of Its Kind.
In 2021, Barron added ‘commissioned composer’ to his growing list of accolades. Commissioned by Chamber Music Tulsa to produce a work commemorating the 1921 massacre in Tulsa, OK, he wrote a piece for piano trio entitled My Soul Is Full of Troubles. Smithsonian Magazine took notice and named Barron One of Ten Innovators to Watch in 2021. Barron is following in his favorite composers’ footsteps by publishing his original works in the public domain. He offers his work as a gift to the world, and as a chance to collaborate with artists from around the globe.
Tickets for Barron Ryan: Classic Meets Cool at Tecumseh Center for the Arts can be purchased online at www.TheTCA.org or at the TCA Box Office. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors, youth, and military members.
Special thank you to this year’s sponsors including Vision Performance Group, Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh, Robert Fox from Howard Hanna, Carpet on Wheels, and Core Mechanical. Special thank you to Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council for supporting the theater’s season. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, visit www.TheTCA.org or call 517-423-6617, Tuesdays-Fridays between noon and 5 pm.
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