Pianist Mike Strickland to be featured at Community Concerts May 15 in Richland

Herald staffMay 8, 2014 

Pianist Mike Strickland will perform May 15.

COURTESY COMMUNITY CONCERTS TRI-CITIES

The piano artistry of Mike Strickland is featured May 15 during the next Community Concerts Tri-Cities event in the auditorium at Richland High School.

Also performing at the concert will be the choirs from Chiawana and Richland high schools.

Strickland plays a mix of pop, jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, show tunes and his own music compositions and is influenced by many other styles of music.

"His charm, sparkling arrangements and an unmatched ability to connect with his audience are hallmarks of his performances," said Loren Schmid of the Community Concerts organization.

Strickland was influenced by many styles of music while growing up in Jackson, Miss., listening to such icons as BB King, Henry Mancini, Ramsey Lewis, the Beatles and Burt Bacharach.

His performance career began at age 9 when he would entertain his parents' dinner guests with songs that were popular at the time.

He began playing the club circuit at age 18, then headed to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and later California State University at Northridge to study music.

Admission is by season pass to the Community Concerts series, or individual concert tickets, which are $25 for adults and $10 for students. They are available at www.community concertstc.org or by calling 547-6243 or 946-1162.

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