EFFINGHAM -- Central Illinois music lovers have a chance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to see an acclaimed pianist when the Effingham Noon Rotary Club, with support from the Effingham Performance Center and the Piano Network, welcome Italian pianist Francesco Attesti.

Attesti will perform the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach at the Effingham Performance Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the music programs at Effingham High School and St. Anthony High School.

Attesti has performed at internationally prestigious concert halls such as Philharmonia Hall of Saint Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, Mozarteum of Salzburg, Philharmonie Essen, International Piano Festival of Warsaw, Sarajevo Winter Festival, Cambridge University, Leicester University, Columbia University in New York, Denver University in Colorado, and the Conservatory “G. Verdi” in Milan.

A Rotarian himself, Attesti regularly offers his performances for the benefit of Rotary causes and lets the hosting clubs choose the benefactors.

Tickets are available from the Effingham Performance Center box office at 217-540-2788. Limited prime seating is available at $25, standard tickets at $15, and students will be admitted free (no ticket required), thanks to the generosity of the Piano Network.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

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