Local pianists to perform at West Branch

BELOIT- Local pianists Carson Weingart and Jarred Walker will take the stage next week at West Branch to present a pops concert on two pianos. “An Evening with Carson and Jarred: Act 2,” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the West Branch Community Auditorium. Admission to the concert is $5, with proceeds from the tickets benefiting the West Branch Alumni Association. Tickets will only be sold at the door.

Last summer, over 700 local community members enjoyed the pops concert, which featured music made popular by the renowned piano duo Ferrante and Teicher. This year promises even more fun and entertainment, with all-new music from “The Lion King,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Carpenters, John Williams, Vince Guaraldi and Billy Joel, as well as Ferrante and Teicher favorites like “Theme from the Apartment” and “Theme from the Godfather.”

“We were so thrilled with the great turnout at our concert last year, that we decided to do the concert two nights this year,” said Jarred Walker, who has studied music education at Bowling Green State University.

“We’ve also got some very special surprises in store this year,” said Carson Weingart, who is majoring in piano performance at Ball State University. “If you liked Act I last year, you’ll love Act II this year.”

Both Weingart and Walker are 2010 graduates of West Branch High School. CDs will also be on sale at the concert. A reception sponsored by the West Branch Alumni Association will follow.

The West Branch Community Auditorium is handicap accessible.