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Emotion, technique key to winning pianist’s appeal

Stephen Beus has an emotional vision that extends beyond just playing thousands of notes. Tall, lean and with a disarming way about him, Beus nevertheless takes instant command when he sits at the keyboard. Sunday he’ll play works by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Bach.

“He is amazing,” says Ken Hardin, artistic director of Twin Cities Concert Association. “We have a video clip on our Web site showing Stephen’s lightning-fast fingers playing with an incredibly delicate touch. One would swear the video had been sped up, but the music is perfect.”

TCCA has an agreement with the American Pianist Association to present their winners at its first concert of the season. Beus was one of two fellowship winners last year, being awarded the 2006 Max I. Allen Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association.

“We will be presenting the hottest young pianists in the nation, every season, right here in Grass Valley,” says Hardin. ” We’re very excited about the collaboration.”

Talking about winners, TCCA will also be announcing its 2007 Autumn Youth Scholarship winner Sunday.

WHAT: Twin Cities Concert Association concert: Stephen Beus, piano

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m.; pre-concert forum with Dr. Aileen James at 1:15 p.m.; reception follows the concert.

WHERE: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Drive, Grass Valley (off Hwy. 174).

ADMISSION: Tickets for $16 general admission available online at http://www.tcca.net or at the door. Kids 5-17 are admitted at no charge with an adult.

INFORMATION: Visit http://www.tcca.net or call (530) 470-9454

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