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Oakmont Music Lovers season opener features pianist Carol Rosenberger Oakmont Berger Center

Tuesday October 2nd - 10:30am

Oakmont Music Lovers presents American pianist Carol Rosenberger at their upcoming Oct. 2 meeting, 10:30 a.m. at Oakmont's Berger Center. Rosenberger will discuss her remarkable journey as a pianist as she introduces recordings of some of her favorite pieces.

“Ravishing, elegant pianism,” wrote The New York Times of Rosenberger, whose four-decade solo career is represented by over 30 recordings on the Delos label. Many are enduring favorites worldwide, and have brought her such commendations as a Grammy Award nomination, Gramophone's Critic's Choice Award, Stereo Review's Best Classical Compact Disc, and Billboard's All Time Great Recording. She has been the subject of articles in many of the nation's leading newspapers and magazines, and has been on the faculties of USC and Cal State Northridge.

Across the United States she has held performance workshops for young musicians, especially focused on “Preparation for Performance,” an area into which she has special insight through an agonizing experience of her own. At age 21, poised to begin her concert career, Rosenberger was stricken with polio. It took 10 years of re-training and rebuilding before she was able to begin playing again, and another five years before she had the physical stamina that would allow her concert career to begin officially. Her dramatic story has proved to be an inspiration to many. As Milwaukee Sentinel's Jay Joslyn put it, “Polio destroyed every tool a pianist must have except heart and mind. With legendary dedication, Miss Rosenberger overcame her musical death sentence. The insight and understanding she gained through her ordeal is apparent in the high quality of her musicianship.”

In 2007, after the deaths of the Delos label founder Amelia Haygood, and the label's chief engineer John Eargle, Rosenberger took over the directorship of Delos, which she continues to this day. She has recently written a memoir, “To Play Again,” about her incredible journey back to the concert stage.

There is no charge for this Oakmont Music Lovers presentation.