Skilled pianist to hold benefit concert Aug. 18

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

When Marc Heeg moved to Columbus a year ago, he was looking for some cultural activities in which to participate.

He also wanted to find a good German restaurant.

Heeg's sleuthing led to the Columbus Maennerchor, which still had German cultural events, but has since phased out its restaurant.

Heeg, who has lived in Germany, decided to join anyway.

The accomplished pianist will hold a free concert for the Maennerchor from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Graves Piano & Organ Co., 5798 Karl Road in the Northland area.

Heeg will be playing the music of Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public but donations will be accepted.

"I wanted to do a concert where all the music is extremely accessible," he said. "It's a summer concert and I consider it, at least to me, light music."

Music has taken Heeg, a native of Springfield, Ohio, to many points across the globe. Most recently, he was professor of music for eight years at Eastern Mediterranean University on the island of Cyprus.

Heeg, 51, earned his bachelor's degree in music from Wittenberg University, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Heeg said he's had an amazing musical journey, learning from some of the world's best instructors. Among his mentors was his father, an accomplished pianist as well as a piano tuner, Heeg said.

He said he has a fondness both for performing and teaching.

"I do love to do both," Heeg said. "The audience always brings unique qualities to the concert. I love to play off the room and play to the audience."

He also recently formed the Sine Qua Non Music Academy, currently located in his Northeast Side home.

"It's a different concept than a lot of places," Heeg said. "My approach is very individual. I think every soul who comes here is unique and has something unique to bring.

"I try to help. I look for their strengths, their weaknesses and try to bring the individual out at the keyboard."

He said he doesn't bellow orders or berate students. "I've learned that's a bad teacher," Heeg said. "That's not teaching."

Kathleen Megown, a member of the Maennerchor and a singer in the Damenchor, the female chorus, said the group is fortunate to have someone of Heeg's skill and generosity.

"To have someone with such musical expertise and background, it's really very gratifying," she said.

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