Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date February 15, 2008

For More Information: Pat O’Brien, (901) 333-4021


“Pieces of My Heart” is the presentation, and great pieces and great genres will fill Farris Building’s ABC Auditorium, at Southwest Tennessee Community College on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2. Dr. Steve Katz and Southwest adjunct faculty Diana Stein-Kabakaff lead off on twin grand pianos with catchy versions of Trisch Trasch Polka by Joahann Strauss, Intermezzo from Carmen by Georges Bizet, and the Memphis area premiere of Variations on William Tell Overture by Giaccomo Rossini.

Stein-Kabakoff and Katz are a familiar team at Southwest, “Probably because we enjoy so much working together,” both agreed. Said Stein-Kabakoff: “He brings out the best in my playing and we just have a blast. And the K-and-K duo is just the beginning, according to Katz.

The Mak’n Music Rock Ensemble, directed by Katz, will rock out the audience to several classics, including Janis Joplin’s theme-liner, Piece of My Heart; Guess Who’s Undone; John Cougar Mellencamp’s R*O*C*K in the U*S*A; and Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.

Finally, back again on the Southwest stage, this time in the guest slot, is ever popular and always surprising Southwest graduate, Joe Michael. The lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the noted band Snow in April, will present the world premiere of his award-winning song, Emancipation.

"Pieces of My Heart" will be presented at Southwest Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m., and repeated Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Both concerts will be held at Farris Building ABC on Southwest's Macon Cove Campus, The $7 admission fee goes totally to college music scholarships for the participants. No reservations are needed; refreshments will follow each concert.


Cutline: Dr. Steve Katz
Cutline: Joe Michael
Cutline: Diana Stein-Kabakoff