September 24, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.

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Dr. Michael Braz is an internationally known performer, music educator, and composer. For over 50 years, his pianistic and teaching skills have served to make music and musicianship accessible to children and adults on three continents.
     Braz received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Miami, later completing a Ph.D. at Florida State University. A performer in the 2014 Savannah Music Festival, he has also collaborated with numerous other organizations and ensembles ranging from chamber music to jazz and rock. Currently Principal Keyboard of the Hilton Head Symphony, he also performs with the Charleston Symphony and Savannah Philharmonic.

     While teaching at Miami’s Barry University, Braz composed his first opera, Memoirs from the Holocaust, inspired by a visit to the Dachau concentration camp site. Recipient of an American Composers Forum/Rockefeller Brothers Fund “Faith Partners” grant, he has written orchestral/choral commissions for professional, collegiate, and school/community ensembles across the country. In 2007, he premiered his second opera (A Scholar Under Siege), dealing with racial and populist politics in 1941.
     Professor Emeritus of Music at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Braz’s longtime teaching experience includes music education, theory, and composition, in addition to such varied subjects as Finale music software and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Internationally, he has enjoyed artist residencies at St. Benedict’s School (Derby, England), Nepal Music Center (Kathmandu), and Huazhong Normal University (Wuhan, China).
     Closer to home, Dr. Braz served as President of the Statesboro Arts Council and has been active in community music, founding Tallahassee’s Capital Children’s Chorus and co-founding the Statesboro Youth Chorale. His honors include Georgia Southern’s President’s Medal and the Statesboro Herald’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award. In fall 2009, he was recognized by the David H. Averitt Center as its third—and first living—“Legend in the Arts.”
     His hobbies are comparative religions and trekking in the Nepal Himalaya.

Tickets: $20 • Members/Military/First Responders: $18 • Students: $12 | Emma Kelly Theater

Sponsored by: Brinson, Williams & Groomes