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For Immediate Release

September 20, 2013

Contact: Heather Hamilton, Director of Education
Telephone: (502) 451-1831 x400
Cell Phone: (309) 230-1408


LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 6 – Internationally-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated swing pianist, vocalist and radio host, JUDY CARMICHAEL, will perform at the Kentucky Country Day Theater on Sunday, October 6th at 4pm as part of a city-wide effort to promote the healing power of music.  Sponsored by Norton Healthcare’s Music Therapy Department, Gist Piano Center and Steinway & Sons, Judy’s performance will emphasize the physical, cognitive and emotional benefits of piano lessons for students of all ages.  Admission to the program is $25. Norton Healthcare Members and members of Gist Piano Center’s Partners In Education program may reserve FREE tickets online.  Tickets are available at

A Steinway Artist in the tradition of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington, Carmichael will delight the audience with her “fresh, dynamic interpretations” (Washington Post) of jazz and swing standards.  During the intermission, a representative from Norton Healthcare will discuss the healing power of music and how Norton’s new Robert Lerman Memorial Music Library at Audubon Hospital will enhance patient care in Louisville.

“Music is the greatest medicine Science has yet discovered,” said John Gist.  “We’re just beginning to understand it, but we know that recognizing music as a form of treatment and cognitive development is the key to developing the medical and educational tools of the future.”

Concert attendees will be invited to a free “meet and greet” with Judy Carmichael at the Robert Lerman Memorial Music Library at Audubon Hospital on Tuesday, October 8 from 3-4:30pm.

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About Judy Carmichael
Harnessing the energy and excitement of “Main Street, USA,” Grammy-nominated swing pianist, Judy Carmichael’s virtuosity, clever humor, and vibrant personality win her instant fans Worldwide.  The New Yorker says “Carmichael is a forceful, energetic, fireballing pianist who has no problem winning over an audience.”  The San Francisco Examiner says “Judy Carmichael is a versatile, exhilarating mainstream pianist.”     

A native of California, Judy Carmichael moved to New York in the early 80's and has maintained a busy concert schedule throughout the world ever since. She has toured for the United States Information Agency throughout India, Portugal, Brazil and Singapore. In 1992 Ms. Carmichael was the first jazz musician sponsored by the United States Government to tour China.

Also a respected radio host and producer, Judy's groundbreaking public radio show "Jazz Inspired" is broadcast on over 170 stations throughout North America and abroad.  “Jazz Inspired” is also broadcast on the NPR channel (Channlle 134) of Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The show - currently celebrating its 15th anniversary - presents celebrated artists from a variety of mediums and engages these artists in discussions about their creative process and how their passion for jazz has inspired their work. Guests, such as actor Robert Redford, director Christopher Guest and former President Bill Clinton, share their favorite recordings as well as insight into their lives and art.

Gist Piano Center began in 1971 as a small piano repair shop on Preston Highway in Louisville. Today, Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s only local, family-owned, full-service piano firm and the area’s only authorized Steinway & Sons representative. A full refinishing, repair, and rebuilding service center, Gist services nearly 4000 Kentuckiana pianos per year. Gist is also the exclusive piano service provider for such iconic organizations as the Kentucky Center, the University of Louisville, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Gist also provides recital facilities and a full print music department to educators across Kentucky and online at Kentucky residents are invited to share their Gist stories on Gist’s Official Facebook page at

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