Saturday night I had the pleasure of joining many friends of the American Pianists Association at Conner Prairie for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s season debut of Symphony on the Prairie. The main draw for me and for our group was Stephen Beus, 2006 Max I. Allen Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, performing George Gershwin’s signature piece Rhapsody in Blue.
One of the great pleasures I derive from involvement in the APA is the opportunity to experience the talent of the young pianists who come to Indianapolis to compete for the title of “Fellow” for both the classical and jazz competitions. Stephen’s talent, his intelligence and warm personality speaks well of the APA and the kind of musicians and individuals who compete.
The other benefit of APA involvement is the caliber of the individuals who support APA through their attendance at functions and through generous support of the organization’s mission. Sitting in the audience at Symphony on the Prairie with more than 50 supporters of the APA made Stephen’s fabulous musical performance even more memorable.
– Craig Gigax, Board Member