IMAC TO PRESENT AN EVENING WITH LEGENDARY KEYBOARDIST
and founding member of the groups EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER and THE NICE
Saturday, June 13th, 2009 at 8PM
Tickets: $45.00 Full Price / $34.00 IMAC Members
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On Saturday, June 13th, 2009 at 8PM, the Inter-Media Art Center (also known as “IMAC”) in Huntington, Long Island will present an evening with legendary keyboardist and founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Nice Keith Emerson.
Hailed as a keyboard legend, Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960’s and 70’s. He is known as one of the most prominent leaders in the progressive rock movement, fusing rock ‘n’ roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as classical, jazz and world music. A modern wizard of electronic and acoustic keyboards, most notably the organ and synthesizer, he has set a standard by which other multiply. With both The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Emerson has written and recorded some of rock’s most adventurous music and brought it to the masses with unmatched virtuosity and skillful showmanship.
In his twenties, he formed a band called The Nice with bassist/ vocalist Lee Jackson, drummer Brian Davidson and guitarist David O’List. The group struck out on it’s own with a unique blend of classical, blues, jazz and rock. Emerson purchased and experimented with one of the first modular Moog Synthesizers and became the first artist to tour with “The Moog” internationally with the help of its inventor, Dr. Robert Moog. In 1970, The Nice broke up and Emerson formed the legendary group Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) with bassist/vocalist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer. Their first single, entitled “Lucky Man”, ended with a startling new sound, the lead Moog synthesizer solo. ELP released six platinum albums between 1970 and 1977, including “Emerson, Lake & Palmer”, “Tarkus”, “Trilogy”, “Brain Salad Surgery”, “Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends” and “Works Vol. 1”.
Throughout the years, Emerson has consistently won the Overall Best Keyboardist award in the annual Keyboard Magazine Readers’ Poll, since the magazine debuted in 1975 and holds a seat of honor on their advisory board. He was recently honored at The Smithsonian Institution, along with the late Dr. Robert Moog, for his pioneering work in electronic music.
Tickets for this performance are $45.00 ($34.00 for IMAC Members). For tickets or further information on this performance, or on other IMAC programs, call IMAC's 24-hour Arts-Line at (631) 549-ARTS. Tickets can also be purchased at the theater from noon to 6PM, Tuesday through Friday, 2PM to 6PM on Saturdays and after 2PM on the day of the performances or online at www.imactheater.org. For further information, call IMAC's business office at (631) 549-9666.
The Inter-Media Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit Media and Performing Arts Center whose programs and services are supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (a state agency), Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs, the Town of Huntington, by a grant from The Harmon Foundation, as well as by the Members of IMAC. IMAC also gratefully acknowledges support from Korg USA, The Emily T. Allen & Linda P. Allen and F. Towne Allen Charitable Gift Fund at The Boston Foundation, The D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, JBL Pro, The Lowerre Family Trust, Branch Financial Services and Olivia and Harlan Fischer.