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Elmker bridges music genres in Sondheim benefit concert

Sep 27, 2017

The “classics” can “rock,” and so can prolific pianist/composer Werner Elmker as he takes us on a musical journey from the soulful reflections of Carole King and the jazz riffs of Keith Jarrett, to the passion and depth of Satie, Debussy & Rachmaninoff.

This piano concert by Elmker, celebrating some of the greatest performers and composers of all time, premieres at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sondheim center in Fairfield. This concert is a benefit for the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Over the years, Elmker has garnered quite a following in Fairfield with his refined musical touch and hallmark improvisational flair. His newest musical adventure, “Classics Rock,” bridges the classical and rock worlds, and promises to be a dynamic exploration of both “classics rock” and “rock classics.”

The concert program spans the full range from “Paint It, Black” by the Rolling Stones to the “Revolutionary Etude” by Chopin; from Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move” to the ethereal “Gnossienne” by Satie; from Keith Jarrett’s famously improvised “Köln Concert” to “Footprints in the Snow” by Debussy, or riffing on a Stevie Wonder medley to the passion of a “Moment Musicaux” by Rachmaninoff.

Increasingly known in recent years for his photos and videos of Fairfield life and nature, Elmker is also able to create magic on the piano with his unique sound and deep feeling.

Elmker moved to Iowa in 1985 and has performed extensively for the local community in Fairfield, as well as in other areas of the U.S. and Europe. He holds a doctoral level degree in piano performance from the Royal Danish Music Conservatory and has been on the Iowa Artist Council roster of top performing artists since 1995. He emphasizes the importance of improvisation and atonement with the moment as the main source of creativity and great music.

General admission tickets for “Classics Rock” are $15 and are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-2787 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

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