Southwest Tennessee Community College

October 24, 2003

Proceeds of New Music CD to Benefit Southwest Students

Dr. Steve Katz, professor of English and music at Southwest Tennessee Community College, will perform in a free concert and release his new CD Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m., in the Amro Music auditorium at 2918 Poplar.

The CD, titled “Fire and Air,” contains 14 cuts, including his own arrangement of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess Suite." It will be on sale for $10. Proceeds from the sale of the CD are tax deductible and will go to the Southwest Foundation for Amro/Katz Piano Scholarships to support students studying piano at the College.

The CD contains “everything from classical to modern, from soothing to startling,” said Katz. “The startling is ‘Toccata’ by Aram Khachaturian, and the soothing is ‘1st Gymnopedie’ by Eric Satie.”

Katz’s first CD was “Piano Imagination” in 2002. Its sale, plus concerts and auction encores, funded three piano scholarships at the College. The second CD is different from the first in that all songs were recorded as a complete take. “No splicing or editing. It was done to replicate a concert,” he said.

Katz represented the United States at the 12th International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs (Les Grands Amateurs de Piano) in Paris in 2001. He has taught at the College more than 20 years and is a recipient of Southwest’s William W. Farris Most Outstanding Faculty Member award.

The CD can also be purchased at AMRO Music and at both Southwest Bookstores. For more information on the CD or concert please contact Katz at (901) 333-4535.

Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area. Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more than 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields. Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.