It has become a longstanding birthday tradition for piano icon and National Treasure Roger Williams (Autumn Leaves, theme from “Somewhere in Time”) to celebrate the day of his birth, October 1st, performing a 12-hour long, non-stop marathon piano recital and delighting listeners with an extended display of his keyboard mastery.
In past years this event has been held at such distinguished venues as the Reagan Library, the Jimmy Carter Library, the Nixon Library, the Palm Springs Desert Museum and Steinway Hall. This year, Roger has selected the new Musical Instrument Museum music theater as the site of his birthday piano marathon, playing on a magnificently unique, gold Steinway grand piano. This all-day event is free with admission to the museum. So drop by anytime or stay all day to celebrate Roger Williams’ 86th!
About Roger Williams:
Roger Williams was the first pianist to garner a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has 21 Gold and Platinum albums and is a Steinway Artist, the first and (so far) only artist to have received the Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award, and the only Steinway artist to have a series of pianos named after him. He was featured at Carnegie Hall for Steinway’s 150th Anniversary. He has earned the illustrious title of “pianists to the Presidents” having played for nine chief executives at the White House. In Las Vegas, he headlined for years at the MGM Grand and the Tropicana.
Roger Williams burst on the scene when he recorded Autumn Leaves in 1955. His version became an American classic and still stands as the greatest selling piano recording of all time, as well as making him the largest selling recorded pianist in history. Williams followed with more million-selling records, including Born Free, Impossible Dream, ‘Till, Near You, Almost Paradise, Two Different Worlds, Lara’s Theme From Dr. Zhivago, and the theme from “Somewhere In Time” charting Billboard hits in four different decades.
Roger Williams Piano Marathon
October 1, 2010, 9am-9pm
Free with museum admission
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050