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Pianist Breaks Rules, Creates a Piano Event

010902breakrules_dl.jpgBOONE–New York pianist/composer and Warner Brothers artist Bob Dawson will present “Breaking the Rules ®” Jan. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. The program is presented by Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. Admission is free.

“Breaking the Rules ®” is an upbeat and fast-paced interactive music appreciation


An accomplished pianist/composer, witty storyteller and entertainer, Dawson presents a program of solo piano with intrigue, zest and illumination. It’s something like Victor Borge meeting Liberace with a dash of Sister Wendy.

Trained in the classics, Dawson has developed a program that captures the emotion and drama of various types of music. “If I compose just for myself, I’ve done half my job.

I want to connect.

I have to always, always keep the audience in mind.

I compose and perform to connect,” he said.

His concerts often open in total darkness with a roaring presentation of his own composition “Night Sounds On The Mountain.”

Percussive sounds rouse the senses, then gentle melodies inspire the audience to relax.

An event of piano music begins. Each song is vastly different yet connects in some way with his next selections.

In this pattern Dawson relates or associates the various styles of music to one another.

Rhythm is his helpmate.

Often to illustrate his point, he invites the audience to join him in some fun simple rhythm games.

More often than not winners go home with a gift of a Dawson recording.

A real treat is presented to the audience in story form, for Dawson is a storyteller.

He artfully weaves stories, from his personal experience as a performer to the stars, with themes from Broadway, television and popular movies.

Another piano event within the program is his Bluegrass compositions created for solo piano.

Dawson fuses the delicate styling of bluegrass with the elegance of concert piano for this high-stepping music.

Audiences are charmed with delightful, yet thought-provoking ideas as he explains the links between Bluegrass, Mozart and Chopin.

This pianist’s eclectic style allows audiences of all ages to enjoy the program.

This is a personal, close program and is suitable for audiences as young as 12.

(note to reporters: Workman is available for interviews by contacting Monica Hebert, Hedaco Music Company, 212 877-6996.