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20 yrs ago, composer, lyricist and singer Steven Lutvak debuted at Carnegie Corridor with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Given that then, he has carried out to sold-out audiences close to the place.

At Ucross, we were lucky to meet Lutvak in 2004 when he was part of the once-a-year Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross. Lucky for us, his arrival coincided with our acquisition of our very first grand piano, bought through a generous donation from a person of our trustees at the time, now Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.

The piano arrived in the late afternoon, and only several hours later, Steven Lutvak gave a memorable performance for Ucross workers and trustees, fellow artists, and neighbors. Among the the attendees had been Michelle Sullivan, David Romtvedt and Gov. Gordon. None of us would ignore that magical February night, when we were introduced to Lutvak’s songs, his fantastic voice and his entertaining stage existence.

Lutvak returned to Ucross above the many years, doing work with his collaborator Robert Freedman on “A Gentleman’s Tutorial to Adore and Murder.” (It opened on Broadway in 2013 and went on to acquire four Tony Awards, including Greatest Musical.) During all those Wyoming visits, Lutvak done after at Anne Pendergast’s dwelling and at the time once again for the Ucross board. That time — also in the dead of winter — we hauled our next grand piano (donated by existing Ucross Board Chair Jim Nelson) from the Ucross campus to Shady Lane Lodge, an Apache Corporation retreat.

What a pleasure it is that Steven Lutvak is returning to Wyoming to give a live performance on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the WYO Theater’s Mars Theater, as perfectly as a grasp class at Sheridan Higher education the day ahead of. We hope you can be part of us Lutvak’s musical items and very good spirits will help carry you by your occupied holiday time.

There are other piano males we want to celebrate this period, far too! Just lately, Ron Krikac arranged the shipping and delivery of a superb live performance grand piano for our Raymond Plank Center. As quite a few in our neighborhood know, Krikac has donated all around 30 pianos to family members and organizations in our region. Performing with Ucross trustee Susan Miller, Krikac chosen Ucross for the present of a piano.

That piano is presently element of the studio space of various Ucross residents, composers Daniel and Patrick Lazour, and screenwriter Ritesh Batra, who are collaborating on a musical of the film “The Lunchbox” (penned by Batra) to be offered by Lincoln Centre in New York. It is wonderful that the Raymond Plank Middle is coming to life as a innovative house.

Finally, the piano will be a central component of our ninth yearly Ucross Community Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 11. Ebenezer Eferobor, an internationally skilled composer who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and attended Sheridan College, will conduct at the event. Currently finding out in a master’s method at the Jacobs Faculty of Songs at Indiana University, Eferobor has advised us how critical a feeling of community is to him. We agree, and hope you will celebrate with us at this festive celebration, also that includes bestselling author Craig Johnson, the Buffalo Balladiers and fireworks by Bruce Burns. See you there!

Sharon Dynak is president of Ucross Basis.