By Brian M. Howle
In the world of music, there are literally millions of players. And there are just so many incredibly talented, exceptional folks out there, all vying for recognition and fame. Having the good luck and fortune to stumble across the best of the best is the consumate listener’s Holy Grail. Well, cue the announcer with the WCW intro voice …
“Let’s get ready to stummmmmbbbllllllllllle!”
Do yourself a favor – find out what it’s like to discover a handful of such gifted people in your own back yard. I absolutely guarantee you, each and every one of you … you will not find any better folks at what they do, than the folks I’m about to introduce to you. And I doubt you will ever enjoy a live performance more than this one.
Local musicians extraordinaire, bassist Patrick O’Leary, percussionist Bobby Gabriele and violinist Robert Napier join special guest Grammy Winning Guitarist and Founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman to perform live in concert with local contemporary music concert pianist, Rocky Fretz. This will be Will Ackerman’s debut performance on the Grand Strand.
The concert is in honor of and to celebrate the release of Rocky’s new CD, The Path Ahead…and steps then taken. an original, new acoustic, piano music CD produced by Will Ackerman in Imaginary Road Recording Studios, Windham County, Vermont. A “first” for both Rocky and Mr. Ackerman.
Rocky’s CD Release Concert is on September 12, 2009 in the beautifully, intimate Tara Theater in Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, SC. The doors open at 5:30 PM, concert beginning at 6:30 PM. This venue hosts both Rocky and Will for the first time.
Rocky Fretz has been a pianist/composer and dynamic, energetic performer for more than thirty years. Interestingly, Rocky’s solo music career, starting after his 17 year tenure as feature pianist for The Carolina Opry from 1986 when he began as an original cast member, feature pianist and vocal director through 2003 when he retired that full time position, is just now beginning to gain momentum as Rocky’s music and piano concert performances become more globally known.
Will Ackerman is universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in the new age music movement, and the founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman’s career spans more than three decades of remarkable vision, single-minded determination, fervent business savvy, and “a thorough love of the mystery of making music.”
Will comments on Rocky’s performance saying, “I think this story says a lot….I was performing a concert about a year ago along with a handful of some pretty talented people. I invited Rocky Fretz up to do a piece and the audience just went nuts. I’d always thought Rocky was brilliant, but seeing the reaction of the audience went a long way to convince me that the world sees him in the same way.”
On the subject of Rocky’s music Will says…”Rocky moves between heartbreaking gentle beauty and driving rhythm with utter grace, somehow merging these worlds seamlessly in his composition. He is as gifted a pianist as I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.” This comes from the industry icon who discovered George Winston, Liz Story, Michael Hedges and countless other instrumental music greats.
Another newsworthy note…Rocky’s CD, The Path Ahead…and steps then taken, has been submitted for consideration for a 2010 Grammy Award nomination in the new age category. A definite first for Rocky.
To purchase tickets to the concert or copies of Rocky’s new CD or both visit http://www.TheConcertHouse.com or email tickets@TheConcertHouse.com or call 1-843-314-4699. Adult tickets have been reduced to $27.00, and children tickets are $13.00. Joining Rocky’s mailing list at http://www.HomePeep.com entitles the member to an introductory $10.00 CD sales price.
The previous article was originally published at http://www.bhowle.wordpress.com