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Piano recital scheduled for Christ Church

BRADENTON — Pianist Robert Henry will present a recital of piano music at 4 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Admission is free.

Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist who has been hailed as a “consummate artist — brilliant, formidable, effortless and the epitome of control and poise.”

Born in Atlanta, he began his musical studies at age 7, and developed a passion for the stage and studio, performing throughout the world as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, sharing the stage with artists such as conductors Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles and Stefan Sanderling, cellist Shauna Rolston, the Pacifica Quartet, soprano Mary Ann Hart and tenor Sergio Blazquez.

Career highlights include solo debut recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall.

Henry has enjoyed success in many important piano competitions in the world, winning the gold medal in four international piano competitions in the 2001-02 season alone.

He was a laureate of the 2003 Seiler International Piano Competition (Germany), and he was recognized in the 2003 Leeds International Piano Competition (England).

In response to Hurricane Katrina, he coordinated and performed in the 2006 Pianists for New Orleans tour of the United States, and for these efforts, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

Christ Church of Bradenton developed the concert series to feature renowned musicians performing in this impressive worship setting, which features the Létourneau Opus 96, a 75-rank, 68-stop mechanical action pipe organ with exceptional specifications. Orgues Létourneau Limitée of Canada developed the organ, which was dedicated in February 2007.

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