Silver screens and melodies

Alpine Observer - - Regional Extra - By KYLIE WIL­SON

THERE are two places where former Wan­garatta res­i­dent Kevin Adams feels most at home – seated at a pi­ano key­board, and be­ing en­chanted by cin­e­matic de­lights on the silver screen.

Set to per­form in Wan­garatta next week as part of the Stein­way on Stage con­cert se­ries, he will be able to com­bine both of those pas­sions.

“While I was born, raised and cur­rently live in Mel­bourne, I see Wan­garatta as my real home,” Kevin said. “I al­ways re­turn as reg­u­larly as I can.” Kevin has en­joyed play­ing the pi­ano from a young age, re­call­ing be­ing fas­ci­nated by the skills of the pi­anists on stage when­ever he would at­tend a dance with his fam­ily.

De­spite early frus­tra­tions with play­ing pi­ano, he stuck it out, of­ten play­ing favourites from his par­ents’ record col­lec­tion, and is now a sea­soned pi­anist with the self ad­mit­ted skill of be­ing able to play songs by ear. “Play­ing the pi­ano is so re­lax­ing,” he said. “I think mu­sic’s good for the soul. “The pi­ano can sound like an orches­tra, and all your cares sort of drift away.”

Kevin lived most of his young adult life in Wan­garatta and was very ac­tive in the com­mu­nity be­fore he moved away in 1996. “They were such for­ma­tive years,” he said. He not only ran Wan­garatta’s former drive-in the­atre, he was also in de­mand as a per­for­mance pi­anist, reg­u­larly played pi­ano for lo­cal the­atre groups, per­formed with the Moon­light Dance Band, and even ran a small pic­ture the­atre in his back gar­den in Steane Street. He also worked lo­cally at The Weekly Tele­graph. In re­cent years he has worked as a pro­jec­tion­ist in movie the­atres across Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing Swan Hill and St Kilda’s revered As­tor The­atre.

“I like to en­ter­tain peo­ple, I like to make peo­ple happy,” Kevin said.

PHOTO: Kylie Wil­son

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