Sweet Geriatrics: A Unique Take On Aging Through Classical Music With Pianist/Composer Waleed Howrani

Sunday March 17, 2013: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Complaints about aging and its many health issues are nothing new, but when the source of the laments is a lauded pianist and composer, the result is something funny, cathartic and instructive.

"Sweet Geriatric," the newly released work of pianist/composer Waleed Howrani, is a collection of 29 short pieces that bend and extend eclectic musical themes into the bittersweet world of aging. Join us for a delightful afternoon of classical music as Waleed offers a unique perspective on aging through the performance and discussion of selected pieces from this new work.

Born in New York, Waleed was raised in Beirut where he studied piano, theory and harmony privately while engaging in trials of his first Opuses. At 15, he won scholarships to study piano at Moscow's Central Music School and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1964 -1973), three years of which under the tutelage of Emil Gilels.

Among his many honors as a pianist are a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition , a Laureate at the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the Prize of Said Akl, and the Lebanese Medal of Merit. As a pianist, he has performed throughout the world, including Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA.