Don Irwin Benefit Concert - 10/29/2012

For information about Pianist Don Irwin Christmas Concert benefiting Hill Country Youth Orchestras contact:  Lynda Ables (830)792-4373 or




Pianist Don Irwin Christmas Concert

Benefiting Hill Country Youth Orchestras


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Riverhill Country Club, 100 Riverhill Club Lane, Kerrville, Texas


7:00 p.m. Dessert & pre-concert music by HCYO young musicians

7:30 p.m.  Concert by Mr. Irwin

Tickets $20

For tickets call (830) 792-4373 or Riverhill Country Club (830) 896-1400



Kerrville, TX  —  A Kerrville favorite, pianist Don Irwin returns on Thursday, November 29, for a concert benefiting the Hill Country Youth Orchestras.


Mr. Irwin’s inspiring Christmas Concert in the intimate setting of Riverhill Country Club will be a delightful start to the holiday season.


The evening will begin at 7:00 with the sounds of the HCYO string students and sweet treats.  


At 7:30 Mr. Irwin will fill the room with his unique and innovative piano styling.  


“The musical expressions of this exciting, innovative, and inimitable artist will forever change your view of piano music” is said about Mr. Irwin.  While he is a classically trained musician having studied Piano Performance at University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, he has an extensive and exciting non-classical repertoire.  


Mr. Irwin maintains a busy concert schedule which began early in his career when he performed at age sixteen at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, and lead to performances in Berlin, Russia and South Africa.  Today his work is known around the world.  He performs with the renowned Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  He has played for Carol Channing for her biography book tour and done a benefit with Betty White for the Morris Animal Foundation.  He toured the Midwest with the Blue Gershwin Steinway piano honoring Gershwin’s 100th Birthday.  That piano is now on display at Steinway Hall in New York City.  In 1998 Mr. Irwin became a member of the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists from Steinway & Sons.


Don Irwin recorded his first solo recording at age eighteen in Johannesburg, South Africa.   

Today his CD releases include “In the Shadows” orchestrated piano, “Favorite Movie Themes” and “Wild Horses” piano instrumentals, and “Merry Christmas” which includes two original compositions “The Snow” and “Sound of Snow.”


Mr. Irwin founded the Caravaggio Foundation to provide music education scholarships for music student throughout the United States.


The purpose of the Hill Country Youth Orchestras is to provide the opportunity for children in the Texas Hill Country to participate in classical music and be involved in a performing orchestra.  The Hill Country Youth Orchestras consist of five orchestras allowing students to progress from a very beginning ensemble experience to advanced orchestra repertoire. Currently there are more than 100 children who are members of the Hill Country Youth Orchestras.  Students from Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Ingram, Harper, Center Point, Comfort, Bulverde, Boerne and San Antonio present numerous concerts and special performances throughout the Hill Country as well as performing with the Symphony of the Hills.  HCYO offers scholarships to young musicians to ensure their opportunity to develop their talent which might never have been known.  The Hill Country Youth Orchestras, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has brought the orchestra experience to hundreds of the Hill Country's young people.  




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