AT 92, ROY EATON, A SPIRITUAL AND MUSICAL MASTER BLESSES BRYANT PARK

AT 92, ROY EATON, A SPIRITUAL AND MUSICAL MASTER BLESSES BRYANT PARK

His time playing at the piano now infused with even more spiritual content, Roy Eaton’s Bryant Park lunchtime concerts engage listeners at multiple levels.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Roy Eaton’s musical career is now in its eighth decade. Since his teenage years as a classical virtuoso through advertising jingles to ragtime and meditative reflections, he’s thrilled countless listeners.

But anyone expecting a tapering off of talent or skill will be disappointed. His authoritative playing, filled with spirit is, if anything more powerful.

Actor/director Michael Rogers, also a Roosevelt Islander, does the introduction.

The Bryant Park piano is a relic, its tones mushy and inconsistent. But no obstacle to Roy Eaton. Protected from COVID by two masks and a shield, he lowers the masks so his voice reaches the microphone.

Eaton tells his audience that its all about light, and light is life.

In his thematic opening, Eaton sings, “Light is life.”

Especially delightful were his variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. He urges everyone to let their lives shine.

On through Joplin and Chopin and more, Roy Eaton shines his.

Lunchtime concerts, from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 continue through Thursday. Seating is plentiful and comfortable. Don’t miss it.

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