BPL Presents Dr. Anthony Pattin, Pianist at Central Library February 24

by Russell Lee, Arts, Literature and Sports Department, Central Library

Anthony Pattin
What: BPL Presents Dr. Anthony Pattin, Pianist
When: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Central Library/Arrington Auditorium

Dr. Anthony Pattin is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He made his professional orchestral debut performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yuval Zaliouk. He has also performed with the Alabama Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, and the Abilene Philharmonic, as well as others. He has performed on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, which was broadcast live on National Public Radio. In addition, he has performed two concert tours of Japan, and presented recitals throughout cities in Europe and Central Asia. He will return to Japan in May 2019 to perform recitals throughout Tokyo and other major cities in Japan.

His New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall was in 1998. In a review of that concert, a critic for the New York Review magazine called Pattin "a pianist of definite skills and strengths.” Of his 2002 solo recital in Merkin Concert Hall in New York: "Dr. Pattin is a solid presence on stage, confident and gracious. His music making speaks of great involvement and erudition. With the ear and ability to vary tone color with constancy, his palette is a good one." (Darrell Rosenbluth, New York Concert Review Magazine). He returned to Weill Hall in 2006 and received high praise for his Schumann Kreisleriana and Debussy and Rachmaninoff interpretations.

Dr. Pattin has degrees in piano performance from Toledo University, University of Michigan, and The University of Alabama. He was a professor of music at the University of Montevallo from 1987–2011. After his retirement in 2011, the university set up the Dr. Anthony Pattin Steinway Endowment Fund. Pattin lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and is active as a pianist in solo, orchestral, and chamber music performances as well as an adjudicator and music scholar. For the past five years he has been part of the MostArts Music Festival and Piano Competition held each summer at Alfred University in New York. He has recorded seven CDs on the APT label.

Pattin is an accomplished organist and skilled improviser and has served as organist and director of music for several prominent congregations in the area: organist/director of music for Shades Valley Lutheran Church in Homewood (currently); director of music for Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Hoover; pianist/organist at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Pattin during my tenure as pianist at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Christopher Hamlin at the time. He is no stranger to the Birmingham Public Library, and I helped facilitate performances by him at the library in January 2009, December 2011, and in August 2013. We will be gifted again by his talented hands on February 24, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Pattin will be moving back to Toledo, Ohio, in a couple of months. You will not want to miss out on this great offering of music by this talented maestro of piano. Come experience once again the magic and power of  the Birmingham Public Library to bring you quality programming to enhance your cultural and learning experience.