Pianist Lorie Line to play MLC on April 13

NEW ULM – Pianist Lorie Line will be performing at Martin Luther College on Sunday, April 13, as part of her spring tour.

The concert will feature old standards as well as piano arrangements from her new music book “The Early Years.”

Line has been touring for 25 years, and she has been playing piano for 50 years.

“I learned I had the talent in kindergarten,” said Line. “A teacher realized I could pick up songs very easily and play them.” Soon her parents had her enrolled in piano lessons, and on her sixth birthday they purchased her first piano. Line earned a B.A. in music from the University of Nevada.

Raised in Reno, Nevada, Line had the advantage of seeing performances by many great entertainers. Line was especially inspired by Liberace, who was known for his flashy, ostentatious performances.

“He was so entertaining, but he could really play the piano.” Although Line has tried to emulate his stage presence, she says her show is not that flamboyant. Line has no intention of arriving on stage in a Rolls Royce, though she does believe in proper presentation. “My show is presented on a silver platter to my audience.”

In 1986, Line moved to Minneapolis with her husband Tim Line and began playing piano for Dayton’s department stores. For Line the greatest challenge of playing in a department store was the longs shifts. “I had to play from memory for hours. I’d try not to repeat any songs,” she said.

Often Line would try play songs she had just heard on the radio, which customers seemed to enjoy. “It was such a treat playing for people and talking with them.”

Customers began asking if her music was for sale on tape cassettes. Line decided it was time to invest in herself and put out her first cassette. Since that time, Line has released more than 40 albums and 40 books of sheet music. Already an expert at the piano, Line is comfortable with any instrument with black and white keys including the keytar and accordion.

With 25 years in the music business, Line has seen many changes. The most significant change was the method of distribution. Recordings went from cassettes to CDs and now to digital downloads. The best way to keep in the public’s mind is to continue touring, Line said.

On this tour, Line will be joined on stage by her Fab 5 – Robbie Nordstrom on violin, Drew Moore on bass, Marcus Farrow on drums, Mike Linden on guitar, and Derek Bromme on trombone.

Touring costs can be expensive, Line said. This is one of the reason why Line is scheduled an appearance in New Ulm. “I think people get exited when they don’t have to drive all the way to the Twin Cities to see a show.”

Line has previously performed in New Ulm, but she has never played at MLC .

Tickets are available through Lorie Line’s website. After the show Line will be available for autographs and pictures.

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