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Young pianist offers free concert

On July 21, 2011 you printed an article on your front page about a young pianist, James Pavel Shawcross, after he had won a national title in Las Vegas.

When he was 8, he played at the Sacramento Ragtime Society as well as the Sacramento Jazz Society (tailgate room). In the four years that have followed he has gained international attention through Internet sites like Fandalism, which is like YouTube for musicians.

In January of this year he had a video taken at the local Grass Valley Salvation Army go viral. In one week it received just under 300,000 hits. James has a local following and is planning his first concert at 2 p.m. on June 28. The Holbrooke Hotel has offered a room large enough to hold 130 people,and the concert will be free. James will be bringing in a concert grand piano, and will be playing Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, and Rachmaninoff as well as popular songs of today. They will need tickets, but they are free.



Rochelle Wright

Nevada City


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