Pianist, Krista Seddon, is currently on a lecture performance tour featuring the life and work of jazz great, Marian McPartland. As the world posthumously celebrates McPartland’s 100th birthday, Central Park United Methodist Church will participate in these celebrations and host a six-concert series featuring McPartland’s life and work with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.
Marian McPartland began her career as a classically trained pianist who found and fell in love with the world of jazz. It was something she wanted to make accessible to everyone and she did. McPartland collaborated with National Public Radio to create and host the radio show, Piano Jazz, which they broadcasted right into the living rooms of music lovers around the globe for more than 30 years. Piano Jazz became the longest running cultural program in NPR history.
This concert series raises funds for Central Park United Methodist Church's historical building complex, which serves Buffalo as worship and outreach center. Visit Central Park's website... HERE.
Please join us in the beautiful parlor room and hear our Steinway Grand as it has never been played before. See concert series information below.
Songs From the Hickory House: Introducing Marian McPartland with reception Sunday, January 20th, 2pm Ticket Cost: $35
I’m Beginning to See the Light: The Visionary Art of Duke Ellington with reception Sunday, February 17th, 2pm Ticket Cost: $35
The Way You Look Tonight: Tony Bennett, Crossing Boundaries with reception Sunday March 31st, 2pm Ticket Cost: $35
Blue Rondo a la Turk: The Inner World of Dave Brubeck with reception Sunday April 28th, 2pm Ticket Cost: $35
Waltz for Debby: Bill Evans Jazz Impressionist with reception Sunday May 19th, 2pm Ticket Cost: $35
Marian’s Favorite Tunes & the People Who Wrote Them with reception Sunday June 9th, 2pm Ticket Cost: $35
Central Park United Methodist Church in the Parkside/Central Park neighborhood will host this special six-month series. CENTRAL PARK UMC is a long-standing entity in the City of Buffalo, in the beautiful Parkside/Central Park neighborhood, boasting a large, multi-space, multi-floor community center of many activities.
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Central Park approaches it centennial building anniversary in 2021 but their busy, beautiful complex is endlessly under the ravages of Western New York weather. They stand strong, full of stained glass, and inspiring architecture. Please join them for this monthly series and be a part of something special, at someplace special, with world-class talent.
This concert series raises funds for Central Park United Methodist Church's historical building complex, which serves Buffalo as worship and outreach center. Visit Central Park's website... HERE.-->
Steinway artist, Krista Seddon is a pianist, composer, and lecture performance artist. Her current lecture performance tour, “Marian McPartland & Friends---a centennial celebration of a life in music,” features the life of this jazz icon and her work with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. Krista Seddon is a McPartland scholar who worked with McPartland during the last 10 years of her career. Publication of their work together can be found at Alfred Music, Marian McPartland Portraits, the Second Set.
Ms. Seddon is Director of Ensembles at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church of Buffalo and maintains a private teaching studio.
Krista Seddon has undergraduate and advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas. She is writing a method book on jazz process for classically-trained pianists and will be offering workshops next year. Oishei Children’s Hospital recently awarded her first prize for her arrangement of the Brahms Lullaby which is played by the hospital each time a child is born. Ms. Seddon has been a featured soloist with several orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as orchestral pianist with Broadway musicals and regional orchestras including the Chautauqua Symphony. She has appeared in classical and jazz venues in Europe, Asia and the United States and plans to take the McPartland tour abroad next summer.
Full Series Package: Ticket cost per sunday event is $35, however Central Park is offering a special sale on STEINWAY SUNDAY: 6 concert/lectures at $30 each (total $180.) You ticket purchase will await you at the event, 2pm, special Sundays.
Please do consider paying via Central Park UMC's fast, easy and immediate PayPal option: Online Pay or you may send us a check indicating "Steinway Sunday" in the memo please, mailed to Central Park UMC, 216 Beard Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214.
Central Park gives you access to each themed & varied monthly special event, including a "Meet the Artist" reception & refreshments following each performance. Do join us in this celebration of an artist who bridged the worlds of classical music and jazz at Central Park Complex.