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Library hosting homecoming concert to celebrate centennial

A free homecoming concert will feature a former Red Deer resident to commemorate the Red Deer Public Library’s 100th anniversary.

Duke Thompson, now a resident of Maryland, will present original works from four of his CDs as part of Keyboard Conversations with Duke Thompson on Saturday.

This will include compositions from his albums Dr. Duke as Lincoln, Lots to Consider, Greatly Gershwin and These Hands Rock.

Thompson studied at Arizona State University, where he obtained a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance.

His musical aspirations landed him a job at the Red Deer College, where he taught for 17 years.

Thompson’s musical efforts go beyond teaching as he is also the co-owner of the local pub The Vat, as well as the founder and president of the Maryland Conservatory of Music.

Aside from presenting the experienced musical guest, the evening will also host a library tour and silent auction.

There will also be cash bar and birthday cake.

Keyboard Conversations with Duke Thompson will be held at the library’s Snell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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