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Prolific Composers Highlight "American Portraits" Concert

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Levin performs Friday at ULM's Biedenharn Recital Hall

An accomplished pianist was not something Jonathan Levin saw in the early days of learning to play.

"It was something I did not really jump into myself.  I was about eight years old and didn't think I'd enjoy it, but ended up instantly liking it," said Levin.

He developed his talent and eventually attended the Manhattan School of Music.  After years of study he began venturing out as a performer.

"One of the first places I went was the music festival in Natchez, Mississippi.  I've been going there since 2010.  I've toured across the country, as well as in Canada," he said.

Levin's concert, American Portraits, features selections from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and more.  He shares stories about the composers and the times in which they wrote their works during the performance.

The concert is Friday, September 11, at 7 p.m., in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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