Escape the heat of Downtown St. Pete with cool summer concerts in the intimate, elegant Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete. Tickets are first-come, first-served, cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID, and can be purchased online. Admission to the entire Museum is included in the ticket price.
Come early and have brunch in the MFA Café in DTSP.
Marly Music Society members pay only $15 per concert. Please consider joining the group to
support the series. You must be a Museum member to join.
Concerts are sponsored in part by the Friends of Joe Sprain in his memory; the Estate of Mrs. Elvira Wolfe de Weil; the Tampa Bay Times; WUSF; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit the website. The concerts continue select Sunday thru August 28, 2016.
Christopher Johnson, piano
Dr. Christopher Johnson returns “home” for this special Marly Music concert. Though born in
New Jersey, he completed early studies in Pinellas County with Angela Baptiste, who coached
him on his first competitions. He has more than fulfilled his early promise. He was the first
pianist to win the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, one of many prizes.
He had his critically acclaimed recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1997,
followed by eight concerts with the One World Symphony. Since then, he has soloed with a
host of ensembles, including the Rochester Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of
New Jersey. Standing ovations have become standard in his career.
Dr. Johnson played the Horowitz/Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever at the 2001 Presidential All-
Star Gala at the Lincoln Memorial for President George W. Bush, which was broadcast
internationally. Alfred Music Publishing released his book Popular Performer: Broadway,
featuring piano arrangements of beloved show tunes, in 2008.
He holds his bachelor’s from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Abbey Simon, and
his master’s and doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where his teachers were
Byron Janis and Marc Silverman. Dr. Johnson teaches piano privately and at the United Nations
International School in New York.