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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dinner & A Concert: Lorie Line An Intimiate Piano

Stir up this tender chicken and pasta entree in a hurry. It features spinach fettuccine for a colorful change of pace.

Fettuccine with Chicken

8 oz spinach fettuccine
Chicken breasts, cubed (I used the precooked Tyson)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
3/4 up Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. To save time, I use the precooked Tyson chicken. Drain fettuccine; add chicken, milk and butter. Stir in cheese topping, garlic powder and pepper; heat through.

Lorie Line - Intimate Piano Evening Series

Last night the State Theater in Kalamazoo was the setting for a small intimate setting for Lorie Line's lush piano music - similar stylistically to George Winston and Jim Brickman. Mary and I are fans of Lorie's since we are both pianists and so were about 125 other folks who attended this event.

Photo: Mary, Lorie Line, and Me

Lorie played with a small group of her favorite musicians for a more "unplugged" acoustic setting. It was high interaction on the stage. She made you feel like you were listening to her and her fellow musicians in her living room with all the story telling and relaxing atmosphere.

She played favorites from over the years, and showcased her original compositions and favorite standards, and shared the personal stories that go behind the music. She has recorded 26 albums to date, her music drawing on influences such as baroque, blues, jazz and soul.

Even though I have been playing the piano going on nearly 38 years, I was in awe at her talent and ease in which she played. She is truly a gifted artist. Plus, she was extremely warm and friendly when I spoke to her while getting her authograph and picture taken.

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