Bates conveys skills to master class

Internationally acclaimed pianist Leon Bates (left) held a piano master class on Friday, Oct. 17 in the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall. He coached three piano students, (from left) Lisa Ball, junior music education major, Alexander Cap, sophomore music performance major, and Brandon Eldredge, junior music education major, during the class. Bates also performed a recital in the concert hall on Saturday, Oct. 18. According to the College’s Web site, Bates is known internationally for his versions of works by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Chick Corea. The Web site described him as a ‘powerhouse concert pianist,’ who is also a bodybuilder in his free time.