2011-11-17 / Arts & Entertainment News

Pianist Anne Roberts featured in Naples Music Club concert

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA W EKLY

Be it classic rock or classic Beethoven, many people seek an oasis of comfort and enjoyment in music. Anne Roberts would agree with that.

“It should be joyful” is how Ms. Roberts describes the playing and practicing of piano music. This has been her mantra since the age of 3, when her family received a piano as a gift from her grandmother. “I wanted to play then, but was told I was too little, so my mother took lessons with me at age 6,” she recalls.

She continued to play from then on, attending Smith College and ultimately receiving her degree in piano performance and music education from the University of Michigan School of Music. During the course of her adult life, she has played the piano for the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, for musicals, in a swing band and often with a partner in two-piano recitals.

In 1978, Ms. Roberts founded a women’s singing group in Michigan called Noteworthy, whose 16 members sing a capella as well as with accompaniment.

She and her husband, John, divide their time between Michigan and Florida. Ms. Roberts has been singing with the Bay Singers of Bonita Springs for the past seven years. And when she’s not playing or singing music, you might find her on the tennis courts, the golf course, on a bicycle or at the bridge table.

The Naples Music Club has also tapped her skills. She serves as vice president and chairperson of this year’s program committee.

Of the club’s 40 members who belong to its various performing groups, she says, “We’re not going to Carnegie Hall, but we do have an audience here in Naples. I love the ‘carrot,’ the incentive to play for an audience.”

Ms. Roberts will perform Debussy’s “Jardin Sous la Pluie” as part of the club’s first concert of the season beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at First United Methodist Church. Other members performing in “A Classics Celebration!” include: Richard Bosworth, Mary Bowden, Christine Bronson, Frank Burgeson, Katherine Frecker, Gordon Hammes, Priscilla Keller, Maurizio Nisita, Jo Ann Pottorff, Cindy Quehl, Rumy Wildner and Myra Williams.

Attendance is free, but a freewill offering will benefit the club’s scholarship fund.

The club’s concert season continues with:

¦ “A Virtuoso’s Evening with Franz Liszt,” featuring Conrad Tao at the piano, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the home of William Noll, 6888 Trail Blvd.

¦ The Laura Fernando Memorial Recital, featuring pianist Richard Bosworth, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way

¦ “Broadway, Boogie and Blues!”, 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at First United Methodist Church, 388 First Ave. S.

¦ The 2012 Scholarship Winners Recital, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at First United Methodist Church

For more information, call 273-6622 or visit www.naplesmusicclub.org. ¦

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