Blind pianist to perform at Woodland Heights

Published March 1, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.
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— CONWAY - Ken Medema, pianist and storyteller, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday at Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince St.

The public is invited to attend the free performances.

Medema, who has been blind from birth, graduatedwith a master’s degree in music therapy from Michigan State University. After working as a music therapist for several years, he began to write songs about the lives of his patients, according to a press release.

The Rev. William Love, associate pastor of music and worshipat Woodland Heights Baptist Church, said Medema is known for his improvisational-style performances. Love said Medema often has an open microphone where an audience member gives an account of an event that affected his life, and Medema will make up a musicalrendition of the story. His expressions range from operatic to rock.

Friday’s concert will have a less serious theme. Love said Medema “will keep it relaxed Friday night and tell some stories, keep it fun, festive and lighthearted.”

Sunday’s concert will have a more serious tone, Love said. He said the focus is to “help stay on the journey, have hope in things that are enduring and learn to love people who aren’t like us.”

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