Music lovers are in for a treat next week when two musicians will bring their talents to Clinton for what is being called a special performance.
The Sampson Arts Council is hosting the free classical music piano recital at First Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.. Vincent L. Povazsay and Richard Drehoff will perform. Povazsay, a Roseboro native, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from UNC-Chapel Hill.
“I graduated from Clinton High School,” said Povazsay in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I played the trumpet in middle school.” Povazsay was a student of John Lowe as well.
Povazsay majored in percussion at UNC-Chapel Hill. He said he has been playing the piano since he was 10. His journey with the piano started with teachers in Clinton, he said, and for nine years he studied under Mary Goodwin.
“I went to college and I had to decide what I was going to major in,” he explained. “Was it going to be piano or percussion?” He decided he had to have some serious talks with his mentors about his plans, and he took the time to mull over his next step.
“Piano can be a cutthroat environment,” Povazsay divulged, explaining that it can be really be rough in the performance world because of the competition.
Povazsay became involved in orchestra, which led him into an interest in conducting, causing him to dig deeper while at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“I have a big interest in conducting, and that’s where I began,” he mentioned. “Next it was private conduction lessons.”
He then created a small ensemble, a chamber orchestra, and started conducting it, taking his tenacity to the next level.
“We have to make mistakes and learn from them,” Povazsay detailed. “You have to be in front of people.” Povazsay is taking this concert as a chance to do that once again, saying this performance is to be a “more fun type of event”.
Povazsay is getting ready to leave for graduate school, and he said that it made him think that now would be a good time to give a recital.
“I wanted to come back to my community, to inject some classical music culture,” he said.
His roommate,Drehoff, is also a pianist, and will perform. Both, he said, were looking forward to having fun with those gathered.
“I feel the people of Sampson County could use some classical culture in their community. I am looking forward to doing it. This is going to be a positive experience, coming back to play this recital,” Povazsay said, adding that he is looking forward to seeing people he went to high school with and knows in the community.
“I encourage people to come out,” Povazsay said. “There’s something on the program for everyone. We have a diverse repertoire.” He said there will be everything from Mozart to romantic, to contemporary pieces.
“Come with an open mind,” he urged.
Donatelli said the Arts Council was thrilled to host Povazsay, and hoped there would be a good turnout for his performance.. “We are really excited Vincent Povazsay is coming back to offer a free concert,” she said. “I am so excited for him and all he has accomplished,” Donatelli added, stating that he was also a Lois Weaver Arts Scholarship recipient in 2010.