Award-Winning Concert Pianist Performs In Payson

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Popular concert pianist Sam Rotman is bringing his talent to Payson, Saturday, Aug. 9 at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash Street.

The free 4 p.m. show is fabulous and educational because the pianist actively involves his audience with a narration about himself and the music, according to local Rotman fan Natalie McCreary.

"I've seen many of his performances," she said. "It's a wonderful experience."

McCreary said she and her husband asked Rotman to give a performance in Payson and he obliged.

Also a church pastor in the Valley, Rotman includes Christian testimony in his performances.

Rotman made his debut at age 16 with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 6,000. He later received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music from The Juilliard School in New York City.

Throughout his career, Rotman received numerous awards. The most prestigious award was that of Laureate winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria.

Rotman has performed all over the world and was featured in a public television broadcast of a special Beethoven concert.

For a renowned classical musician, the seemingly humble performer is not picky about his venues.

"We've seen him perform for less than 25 people," McCreary said. "I've even seen him play one of those electric keyboards."

For more information, call McCreary at (928) 474-7460.

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