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Mike's Brother Performs for Emmaus

Emmaus Homes - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

From a March 1974 Emmaus Messenger

The gift of music is a beautiful gift indeed. Somehow, our spirits are lifted and our lives enriched by the sound of beautiful music.

This is an experience being enjoyed by hundreds of persons throughout the mid-west during these present days, as Thomas Manshardt presents piano concerts on a six-state tour for the benefit of Emmaus at Marthasville.

Thomas Manshardt is professor of music at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Canada. He made his professional debut in Vienna, Austria, and has played in major concert halls around the world. He is one of the permanent adjudicators for Les Festivals de Musique du Quebec, and teaches full-time at the University. During 1974, Mr. Manshardt was on sabbatical leave and has offered to play these benefit concerts in honor of his mother who died 1972.

Prior to the first concert of the tour, Mr. Manshardt and his father, Dr. Clifford Manshardt. Seventeen concerts have been scheduled and are being sponsored by churches in various cities and towns throughout the Midwest.

Mr. Manshardt plays an intensive program of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Liszt, two hours in length. In addition, he tries to practice six hours daily, constantly learning new works, refining and sharpening his technique, and most of all, "trying to hear the music" (his own words) as he plays.

The proceeds of these concerts will go to the work of Emmaus Homes. We are grateful to all those who have worked to sponsor them, all who have attended, to Dr. Clifford Manshardt for his quiet and essential work in planning and scheduling the project, and, to Thomas Manshardt who has truly "heard the music" with the sensitive ear of the spirit, and then shared it with many. Thank you!

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