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Morehouse College to Host Award-winning Composer Peter Buffett

“Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett”

ATLANTA, October 6, 2010 - In a 90-minute performance, Emmy Award-winning composer, philanthropist and author, Peter Buffett will bring the message of his book to the stage. Life Is What You Make It delves into following one’s passions over conventions, transcending one’s circumstances or status, taking up the reins of one’s destiny, and living life to its fullest.

The concert will take place in the newly opened Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building on the campus of Morehouse College on Monday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Buffett’s concert will be one of the first in a series of performances in the new Emma and Joe Adams Concert Hall, which is part of the 76,000 square-foot facility that brings music performance and teaching together in a state-of-the-art, technologically savvy building.

“The exquisite Ray Charles Performing Arts Center offers high-tech, multimedia equipment and a beautiful new Steinway D Concert Grand piano that will add to the special pleasure of Mr. Buffet’s concert,” said Uzee Brown, chair of the music department at Morehouse. “It should be an exciting and rewarding experience for all; especially those students of performance and composition who hold special interest in multimedia works.”

The event promises to be a thought-provoking evening that will inspire you to follow passions over convention and do your bliss. By drawing upon his own life story and experiences, the Emmy Award-winning composer, philanthropist and author, discusses how important it is for each person to define his or her own path in life, regardless of their wealth or background. Buffett ultimately conveys that it is ones values—and what we are able to give back to society—that shape and define us as individuals.

Buffett’s “Concert & Conversation” combines a cello-accompanied live piano/vocal performance, multimedia and personal stories to give the audience an authentic, inspirational and impactful evening. The event is the live companion to Buffett’s recently released New York Times Best-Selling book, Life Is What You Make It (Random House/Harmony Books), which Bill Clinton calls, “a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world.”

“Although I never had the opportunity to meet Ray Charles, I have been a long time admirer of his work,” says Buffett, who began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. He has since released 15 records on various labels and owns two labels himself. He is known for scoring the memorable “Fire Dance” scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves.

Event Details:
What: Life Is What You Make It: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett
When: Monday, October 11, 2010 7:30pm
Where: Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW
(on the corner of Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. and West End Avenue)

Ray Charles and Morehouse
The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Education Building is named after the 12-time Grammy award-winner who was known in the music industry at the “Genius.” Charles’ relationship with Morehouse began 9 years ago when he was invited to Atlanta to perform with the college’s jazz ensemble. He received an honorary degree from Morehouse and became a long-time friend and supporter of the college. His support came in the form of an initial $2-million commitment to help Morehouse find, educate and inspire the next generation of music pioneers. Since then, the college has received an additional $3-million from the Ray Charles Foundation. The building includes 12 faculty studios, nine practice rooms, two rehearsal rooms and three academic labs, one of which is the David Geffen Keyboard Digital Music Laboratory.

Peter Buffett
Peter Buffett is an Emmy Award-winning composer, musician, author and philanthropist. His work with numerous non-profit organizations, including the NoVo Foundation, of which he is the co-chair, has helped him become a well-known activist for social concerns. Previous human rights-driven music collaborations by Buffett include “Blood Into Gold,” featuring Grammy-nominated recording artist Akon and “A Song for Everyone” featuring Angelique Kidjo. Buffett is currently performing his “Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett” series around the country to support his recently released book, Life Is What You Make It (Random House/Harmony Books). Buffett has launched his own social network community,, to release new material to his exclusive network of fans on a monthly basis. More information available at .

Posted by edurham at October 6, 2010 06:09 PM

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