Thursday, January 29, 2009

Renowned Pianist, Iraq War Vet Highlight Founder’s Day 2009

A command performance by renowned concert pianist Roberto McCausland-Dieppa will highlight the 2009 Founder’s Day celebration at Berry College. This year’s observance also marks the end of the centennial celebration for the Berry Alumni Association.

To commemorate these two special occasions in the life of the college, three days of exciting events have been planned, beginning with Thursday’s 11 a.m. chapel service featuring remarks by Chaplain Steve Cantrell, a major in the U.S. Army who earned a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. The local community is invited to join us for this special service honoring men and women who have served in the armed forces. Retired and active-duty personnel are invited to wear their uniforms to the service. Veterans are welcome to wear their decorations.

Events will continue throughout the day Thursday and Friday before concluding with a “Dance through the Decades” for alumni and students on Saturday night. McCausland-Dieppa’s recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Ford Auditorium. Admission to this special performance is free and open to the public.

A 1981 alumnus of Berry, McCausland-Dieppa has shared his talents with audiences around the world in the years since graduation. As chronicled in the fall 2007 edition of Berry magazine, the Colombian-born musician has won praise from the New York Times for his keyboard mastery and earned the Merrill Lynch Prize in teaching and piano while serving on the faculty of The School of Fine Arts in Cleveland, Ohio. To this day, memories of Berry remain vivid in his mind.

“It was a wonderful learning atmosphere,” McCausland-Dieppa stated. “You never felt that your questions were unanswered. You could go as far as you wanted in whatever area you wanted, whether it was music theory, piano performance or some other form of expression.”

A complete schedule of Founder’s Day events is posted online at If you have any questions, please call 800-782-0130 or e-mail

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