I had a great time speaking with Da’Shawn Mosley, associate editor of Sojourners, in this interview about my book, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul.
UPDATE: In case you missed it, you can watch my June 25 piano fundraiser concert online here. The music begins at about 6 minutes into the video.
This Friday, June 25 at 7 pm EST, I’ll be giving a solo piano concert both in-person (reserve your seat here) and streaming online here at Facebook from Advent Lutheran Church in New York City. There is a suggested donation of $15; reservations for limited seating are encouraged and can be made here.
All proceeds from this event will go towards helping me purchase the Steinway B piano that you can hear me playing here (or click on the photo below).
Since I moved to Pittsburgh last August, I’ve been without a piano. My old upright in NYC wasn’t worth the cost of moving, and I decided that now is the time in my career to purchase a concert-level instrument that will be my musical tool and companion for the long haul.
Last week I traveled to Lancaster to try out the Steinway B piano that you see here. This instrument has been recently rebuilt, has a singing tone, and feels great. I want it to stay with me so that I can create new music with it and play on it each day. Through your generosity thus far, we have raised $5200 for my piano fund. I need to raise another $25,000 in order to purchase this instrument.
For this Friday’s concert, all donations (whether made online or via check) will go towards helping me purchase this Steinway. There is a suggested donation of $15. To contribute via check, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for info. And thank you for helping me to continue to create new music to share with you.
Fri, June 25 at 7 pm EST
Deanna Witkowski Solo Piano Concert
Advent Lutheran Church
2504 Broadway (93rd and B’Way), NYC
New book endorsements for Deanna’s forthcoming (August 15, 2021) book, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, are coming in! Here are two quotes:
“A beautifully written and expertly researched biography of one of the most fascinating Catholic artists of our time. Deanna Witkowski, a musician herself, brings to life a whole era in this engrossing new book about art, music, love, perseverance and faith.”
James Martin, SJ, author of Learning to Pray