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Spotlight on Philip Fortenberry, 2018 Gala Performer

Spotlight on Philip Fortenberry, 2018 Gala Performer

As a versatile artist whose styles encompass a wide range of musical genres, Philip Fortenberry is a performer with an equally expansive career. Philip was the pianist and Associate Conductor for the Broadway musical, Rocky, where he also received the inaugural “Ghostlight Award” as Best Musician on Broadway. He was honored with the 2014 “Encore Award for Musical Excellence” presented by The Nevada School of the Arts. Philip was featured as the piano double for Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas’ portrayal of Liberace in the HBO Films biopic, Behind the Candelabra. He is currently the Associate Conductor of Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas. A native of Columbia, Mississippi, Philip began playing the piano at the age of four and by seven was the accompanist for his church. Philip performed his first solo concert when he was twelve while continuing his work as a church pianist and organist throughout high school and college until he left the south and moved to New York City. Philip continued private piano studies at The Juilliard School. He holds a Master of Music degree in classical piano performance from New Jersey City University and is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was adjunct faculty at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and received the 2004 Distinguished Service Award from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi Early in his career in New York, Philip became the musical director and on-stage pianist for the long-running off-Broadway satirical revue, Forbidden Broadway. He was also the musical supervisor for the West End version of the show in London. Philip has played for ten Broadway productions and eight national tours including such shows as Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Ragtime, Seussical–The…

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2018 Gala honoring Jack and Patti Grundhofer

2018 Gala honoring Jack and Patti Grundhofer

The 2018 Waring International Piano Competition Lifetime Achievement Award: John F. and Patricia Meier Grundhofer For some, a love of piano is intrinsic. For others, it is an interest turned to enthusiasm that is learned and grown and, for that, may be all the more intense. However the passion is sparked, it is a love meant to be shared. Sharing and passion are at the top of any list of descriptors for John F. (Jack) and Patricia Meier (Patti) Grundhofer and underscore and infuse the many reasons the Grundhofers are the 2018 recipients of The Waring International Piano Competition Lifetime Achievement Award. Jack’s and Patti’s lives are about achievement. Not only do they challenge themselves to achieve in any endeavor they pursue, but also they are champions for others to apply their potential and reach their goals. That is the spirit of The Waring’s mission and a fitting match for this award and this couple. The Grundhofers’ commitment to excellence in The Coachella Valley is evident in Patti’s membership on the boards of directors for the Palm Springs Art Museum and The Living Desert. Outside the Valley, both are philanthropically active with Jack as executive director of the John F. Grundhofer Charitable Fund and Patti on the board of directors of the University of Minnesota Foundation. And those official titles and positions do not begin to include the many other civic and charitable organizations in which they are active as well as one-on- one ways they help others to do and be their best. When Jack received the acclaimed Horatio Alger Award in 1997, he said, “There are no entitlements in life. You get rewarded for what you do.” Those words remain true today for both Jack and Patti and are at the core of their belief that to pursue…

The Waring at Piazza Di Liberace

The Waring at Piazza Di Liberace

Kick off the holidays with the Waring at the Piazza Di Liberace! This unique Musical Event will feature music by  2007 Junior Waring Winner TJ Tario, with a special appearance by John Bayless, the Waring's artistic director. R.S.V.P. 760-773-2575 Ticket Price $150 per person, $250 per couple Price includes tax-deductible donation