MIAMI – Nationally renowned pianist David Osborne is bringing his Steinway piano and Las Vegas strip style show to the Coleman Theatre in Miami, the hometown he never forgot.
“Of course I always love coming back to Miami,” Osborne said. “I am bringing a Steinway from Tulsa, down from New York, the one they use in Carnegie Hall.
"The marriage of the beautiful 1920s theater, using the nine-foot Steinway, plus being at home where I was raised is not a bad thing either.”
Osborne will perform at the Coleman Theatre at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of a fundraiser hosted by the INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center Foundation. The event includes a VIP meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the concert directly benefits patient care at INTEGRIS Miami.
The evening will feature Osborne, a well-known Steinway artist who has been referred to as the “Pianist to the Presidents,” having played for the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.
“We are so humbled Mr. Osborne is taking time out of his busy schedule to perform at the INTEGRIS benefit,” said Tim Bowen, interim president of INTEGRIS Miami. “Mr. Osborne has demonstrated his commitment to his hometown community by sharing both his time and talents and then contributing all proceeds back to patient care at INTEGRIS Miami.”
Osborne said he is excited to perform at the Coleman again since his last performance in 1995, saying the venue is more spectacular and beautiful than it has ever been in his lifetime, and that he hopes the theater continues to be used for performances.
He said the Coleman Theatre remains special to him, despite playing in other prestigious performance halls in the nation, including 56 times playing in the White House.
“Growing up we were always in awe of the Coleman Theatre, now it’s spectacular,” he said. “I hope it’s never used only as a museum, and the fact that it’s a world-class performing arts center, I think it’d be a shame not use it for what it was meant.”
Osborne received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University. At Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, he studied classical pipe organ and piano performance, with a minor in French. At Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, he completed a master’s degree in keyboard performance and music composition.
Osborne worked for Disney and at larger hotels in Florida, then joined the St. Louis Symphony for two years, before being discovered and asked by Roger Williams to audition at Caesars Palace in Vegas, at a time when the pianist had just left to go on a worldwide tour.
“I think things happen cataclysmically. That it’s got to be divine intervention. The stars all line up at once, and it can happen,” Osborne said. “There were 200 pianists trying for this job and auditioning, and I was a kid from Oklahoma coming out here and I didn’t think I had a shot.”
The pianist from Miami now performs at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
He was a fixture at Caesars Palace for 12 years and is the only pianist to play 21 consecutive years on the Vegas strip. Osborne’s musical repertoire includes romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes.
“I tell this at every concert. We had a map of the United States in our laundry room growing up there in Miami in my parent’s house. My Mother had Vegas whited out on the map because it was considered sin city to the Southern Baptists,” Osborne said laughing.
Miami has honored Osborne’s accomplishments with a commemorative plaque in the Pocket Park next to the Coleman Ballroom.
“I would love to have a full house for the concert, Osborne said. “I was just taken back by this honor there for me and former hospital president Joel Hart got behind that. This was so kind and wonderful… I just can’t thank them enough.”
Due to his desire to inspire others to consider musical careers, Miami High School students, twin brothers Brett and Brice Mayfield, will also perform at the Coleman before Osborne takes the stage.
“When I came to Vegas live music was in every venue, now it’s becoming almost archaic,” Osborne said. “I do try to help others, especially young people.”
Osborne is planning a premier performance for the benefit, playing songs from the American Song Book, pop tunes, Frank Sinatra standards, songs from musicals, and some surprises.
“We’re going to bring Vegas to Miami,” Osborne said. “ I’m bringing my bass player, Danny DeMorales, and Paul Stubblefield who travels with me as part of the David Osborne Trio and he sings and plays and drums.”
Tickets for the evening are $30 for general admission, with students being admitted for $15, and may be purchased online at www.colemantheatre.org, at the box office at 103 North Main Street, Miami or by calling 918-540-2425.
Five different sponsorship opportunities are also available ranging from $200 to $5,000. For more information, persons interested may call 918-533-1035.