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October 7, 2011

Classic music on tap for Evening of Music and Chocolate

TERRE HAUTE — The 7th annual Evening of Music and Chocolate is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Central Christian Church, 4950 E. Wabash. 

The event will feature an evening of sweet elegance and sublime musical entertainment with the piano artistry of David Ott, an internationally recognized composer and conductor. The first section of the program, called “Music Through the Ages,” will begin with Bach’s “Prelude in C Major,” Handel’s “Passacaglia in G Major,” Beethoven’s “Minuet in G Major,” will include two of Chopin’s pieces “Waltz in A Minor” and “Nocturne in Eb,” and conclude with a complete change of pace with Scott Joplin’s “Peacherine Rag.”

During the first intermission, guests may sample a variety of desserts donated by Wabash Valley restaurants. Guests may also bid on items from local businesses and individuals in the silent auction. 

The second section of the concert will feature American music from 1850 to 1950. Ott will play songs from the American Civil War, music of the Gay ’90s, tunes from the Roaring Twenties and the Swing Era. After this section of the program, guests may get a full portion of the dessert of their choice and place final bids on auction items.

During the last section of the program, Ott will play selections from his own compositions called Preludes for Piano (2010), great hymn tunes and Broadway melodies and show tunes. The evening’s performance will conclude with a medley of jazz tunes.    

Ott completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, earned his master’s degree in piano performance at Indiana University, and received his doctorate in music theory and composition at the University of Kentucky. He has served on the faculties of Houghton College, N.Y., Pfeiffer College, N.C., and DePauw University. He held the appointment of Pace Eminent Scholar and Composer in Residence at the University of West Florida. He conducted the northwest Florida Symphony from 1999 to 2001. And from 2001 to 2008 he was the conductor of the Philharmonic of Northwest Florida. Ott continues to create and play music that transcends the stress of everyday life, raises the spirit and touches the soul of his audiences.

Businesses donating to this evening include: Antique Dairy Queen, Atterson Tire, Baesler’s Market, Baskin Robbins on Wabash Avenue, Bierstube, Cackleberry’s, Coffee Grounds-Brazil, Crossroads Cafe’, Garfield’s, Grand Traverse Pie Co., Kroger’s, Logan’s Ribeye, Louise’s/Copper Bar, MCL Cafeteria, Mogger’s, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Pino’s il Sonetto, Red Lobster, Rick’s Smokehouse, Rogers’ Jewelers and Boutique, Ruby Tuesday, the Saratoga, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and TGI Fridays.

Tickets for the evening are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and may be purchased by calling (812) 877-9959 or (812) 234-3690. Proceeds from the evening will go to Central Christian Church’s Music Ministry and to United Campus Ministries.

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