The Brown Bag It free noontime concert series at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center happens the first Wednesday of the month. The series features some of Oklahoma’s finest professional musicians performing in the PAC’s Westby Pavilion.
A commanding and dynamic pianist, Donald Ryan has been called “a music kaleidoscope, sparkling at everything he plays.” This “everything” encompasses the arenas of classical, religious/inspirational, and jazz. His virtuosity and amazing gift of improvisation have delighted audiences throughout the U. S. A.- Carnegie Hall included – as well as in England, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the Caribbean and South America.
At the 9th International Frederic Chopin Competition (1975) in Warsaw, Poland, Mr. Ryan was both a diplomate and the recipient of the Madeyska award. Since that time he has performed on three continents as soloist, collaborator and as a featured artist with orchestras. Among the luminaries he has played with are Simon Estes, Henry Mancini, Ralph Carmichael, Red Skelton, Eddie Daniels, Steve Wilkerson, Diahann Carroll, Eileen Farrell, Johnny Desmond, Joe Williams, Andrea Baker, William Warfield, and Leona Mitchell. He has also made more than a dozen recordings.
A 2006 inductee into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame, Donald Ryan has been playing the piano since he was three years old in his native Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. He has earned music degrees from Oral Roberts University and The University Of Tulsa and taught piano at ORU. In addition to his solo career, Mr. Ryan also delights in playing with his son, Barron, in the exciting piano duo, Ryan & Ryan. Donald Ryan is a Steinway Artist.