The Pearlformance concert series brings a variety of performance art pieces to the Northwest Houston community. Each exhibition cycle, the series features a new selection of artists performing in the intimate setting in the museum’s Main Gallery.
Don Irwin, Piano
Don Irwin continues to thrill music connoisseurs across the United States with his unique and innovative one man show. Irwin’s passionate show stopping musical prowess creates an atmosphere that is both warm and invigorating; leaving audiences spellbound and overjoyed. While playing, the artist communicates the sentiments of his heart and soul, touching the spirit of the listener and causing them to experience an array of emotions. Few musicians are able to make such a connection.
As a classically trained musician, Don Irwin surprises many with his very versatile non-classical repertoire. He studied Piano Performance and received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Illinois. His expansive musical styling allowed him to work as a recording studio musician for artists such as Prince, Donna Summer, and many others.
During the 90s, he signed a 3 year recording contract with South Africa Transistor Records, to produce an album for the European and African markets. The overwhelming success of that album led to guest performances at the Cannes Music Festival, appearances on MTV Europe and MTV Africa, and two music videos for the government of South Africa. At the request of the South African government, he toured many schools throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe giving concerts at various schools to expose students to different musical styles ranging from classical to original compositions. This experience was the impetus for the Caravaggio Foundation that Don Irwin founded to provide music education scholarships.
In the mid 90’s Irwin was asked to give personal appearances at Bloomingdale flagship store in New York City and at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. This launched a highly successful annual fall concert featuring Don Irwin on piano at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, which continues today.
Don Irwin’s works have become known around the world. His music is uniquely fused with varying blends and textures acquired through his travels and experiences in diverse world cultures. His beautiful melodies, sweeping ranges, unique sounds, and exotic rhythms are intertwined to form what has become the Don Irwin signature.
Whether attending his One Man Show or the fully orchestrated stage productions, the musical expressions of this exciting, innovative, and inimitable artist will forever change your view of piano music.