Dec. 4 concert for historic home of John W. “Blind” Boone

When I mentioned to a friend I wanted to write a book about historic homes, she suggested a title for it: If these walls could talk.

Well, on Dec. 4, 2011, in a way, the walls of one historic home will talk, and it will be the language of music.

A fund-raising concert will be held at 6 p.m. in the Second Baptist Church on Fourth and Broadway, sponsored by the Boone Home Foundation, according to this article by Bill Clark in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The fundraiser is to raise money to help continue the renovation of the home of John William “Blind” Boone, a virtuoso pianist who lived in Columbia from 1879 until his death in 1927.

So what kind of music can you expect? Describing it in the article Clark quotes pianist John Davis calling it,”virtuoso salon pieces that fuse the European concert music with rural American and black folk traditions.”

For more information on Boone or to contribute to help fund the renovation of his historic home, visit the J.W. “Blind” Boone Heritage Foundation Board website.


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