Child prodigy provides listeners with surprises

| Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

‘Diversity'

Emily Bear (Concord)

★★★★★

Life's not fair, alright? I have to remind myself of that as I listen to the stunning talent of 11-year-old piano prodigy Emily Bear. I mean, where does a kid get off playing piano with such skill, sensitivity and poignancy? Bear started experimenting with piano when she was 18 months old and playing at the White House by age 6. But here's the kicker. Her album isn't just a lot of acrobatic and pedantic playing. The music is moving, filled with melodic surprises and displays a wide range of emotional feeling. And it's all the product of Bear's gifted musical mind. From a standpoint of musical maturity, she stands shoulder to shoulder with talented players of any age. She is not to be missed.

Eric Slagle is a writer for Trib Total Media.

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