Local pianist Gary Schmidt will be making his fifth appearance in the performance “Claire de Lune, An Evening with the Classics” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Rialto Theatre, 228 E. 4th St. in Loveland.
Schmidt of Loveland has ties to Windsor as the part-time music director for Bethel Lutheran Church.
Schmidt has performed in concert in Canada, United States, Europe, and most recently Mexico. His musical studies were from The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. At the age of 14, he was a prize winner in the Jeunesse Musicales piano competition without any piano lessons, and has still not taken a lesson. He has two degrees in classical piano.
Schmidt concerts are known for their accessibility to all audiences, whether they are big fans of classical music or not. He always chooses selections that are either well known or beautiful to listen to. His concerts are known for their special ability to speak to the human heart.
Last year, Schmidt almost sold out the Rialto and the event has become popular in the community. This year’s concert will feature well-loved pieces by Bach, Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. He will also feature a few of his original compositions from his latest CD.
In addition to currently serving as part-time music director at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, Schmidt also maintains a busy teaching studio in his home in Loveland. He also spends his time composing and performing locally.
All seats for the Friday concert are reserved and can be purchased online or by calling the Rialto Theatre box office at (970) 962-2120. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and students.
Schmidt performed before 200 people at Bethel Lutheran Church last August as a dedication to the Schimmel grand piano that was purchased and donated by church members John and Cathy Olson in honor of their son, Terry, who passed away from Huntington’s disease last March. Schmidt played classical pieces such as “Claire de Lune” and “Moonlight Sonata” during the concert.