Awadagin Pratt to Perform at Benefit Concert
Sept. 5, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Internationally acclaimed pianist, Awadagin Pratt, returns to Illinois
Wesleyan University on Saturday, Sept. 22, for a special concert to benefit the Pratt
The Awadagin Pratt Benefit Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium
in Presser Hall (1210 N. Park Street). Tickets for the performance can be purchased
online at www.prattmusicfoundation.com/tickets.html and are available at three levels: Silver ($50), Gold ($250) and Platinum ($500).
In 1997, Pratt joined his mother and sister in creating the Dr. T.A.E.C. Pratt Music
Foundation in honor of his late father. The Foundation helps elementary and secondary
students in the Bloomington-Normal area receive classical strings and piano lessons
through Illinois Wesleyan's Music Preparatory Program. Proceeds from the concert
will support the Foundation's mission to help talented and motivated children receive
financial aid to continue their musical studies.
Pratt began to study piano at the age of six and continued his musical education at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Peabody Conservatory of Music
at Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Pratt accepted a position as an Associate Professor
of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at the College Conservatory of Music at the University
Acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involved performances, Pratt has received
tremendous audience response and press attention throughout the world. He has toured
internationally, with concerts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel,
Brazil and South Africa. Pratt has also performed with a number of orchestras in the
United States, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and
the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2009, he performed in concert at the White House as part
of the Music Series organized by First Lady Michelle Obama. He also performed twice
for the Clinton administration.
Last May, Pratt delivered the 2012 Commencement address to graduating Illinois Wesleyan
students and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
For more information about the concert and the Foundation's mission visit their website
Contact: Katherine Filippo, '12, (309) 556-3181