Free classical piano concert at Bethel Lutheran Aug. 11 in honor of Terry Olson
July 31, 2013
A free, classical piano concert to dedicate a Schimmel grand piano will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 328 Walnut St., Windsor, at 4 p.m. Aug. 11.
Bethel Lutheran is inviting the community to the concert to celebrate the donation of the piano from church members John and Cathy Olson, whose son, Terry, passed away from Huntington's Disease in March.
The Olsons purchased the hand-made piano in honor of Terry, and will also set up a scholarship fund for church members who plan to go into caring professions, such as the ministry, nursing, medicine and firefighting.
Terry was a registered nurse, firefighter and paramedic.
Gary Schmidt, a classical pianist and worship director at Bethel Lutheran, will play for one hour straight without an intermission. He will play classical piano pieces such as "Claire de Lune" and "Moonlight Sonata" during the concert.
Schmidt, 53, has two degrees in classical piano, including one from The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Schmidt teaches piano at a studio in Loveland, and performs regularly for high-end corporate events.
He's performed at the Governor's mansion, Denver Country Club, Capitol Hill building, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and was invited to give a concert in Mexico.
Schmidt's been playing the piano since he was 6.
A free-will offering will be taken with the proceeds split between the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District music program and the Bethel music program. A free reception will follow from 5-6 p.m.