Archive for Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Baldwin native returns to play original piano composition

July 17, 2002

Seth Osburn's first public performance was at the First United Methodist Church. Now, several years later, he is returning to the same church to perform again.

Osburn, a 1986 Baldwin High graduate, will be playing compositions from his first solo CD, "Seven," at the First United Methodist Church Sunday afternoon.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said of the performance. "Actually, I'm really looking to seeing everybody again."

Osburn, a professional musician who currently lives in Los Angeles, teaches piano at the Buckley School, gives private lessons and plays with various ensembles like the West Hollywood Orchestra.

He has performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl as well as worked with composer David Arkenstone and Broadway star Michael Crawford.

"Seven," which took him two years to compete, isn't his first composition, but one Osburn said is one he is pleased with.

"It's the first piece I really wanted to follow through completely," he said. "It's the first thing I've been completely happy with."

After reading "The Emerald Tablet" by Dennis Hauck, which describes the philosophy of alchemy, the transforming of one substance to another, Osburn said he wrote the seven-movement solo piano piece to show a person's own transformation.

"It's more about the personal transformation a person could go through," he said. "It's all about transformation."

He said it is hard to describe the style of his composition.

"I'm actually am not really crazy about the classical or new age label," he said. "It's an avant-garde piece. It's a very kinetic, kind of physical piece."

Which, he said, people seem to enjoy.

"The response has been good," Osburn said. "They find it to be a very satisfying piece, but find it very disturbing, too."

Osburn's mother, Judy Anderson, said she is pleased her son has the opportunity to return to Baldwin and perform for friends and family.

"Baldwin people have always been really supportive," Anderson said. "A lot of people have been very gracious toward Seth.

"It's going to be very rewarding," she said. "I'm obviously very pleased."

Osburn's performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church. A reception will follow the free performance.

Osburn will be at Discoveries Friday evening during the Art Walk.

His CD, "Seven," is being sold at Discoveries and will also be available at his performance Sunday.

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