The superintendent of Plato Schools will present a piano concert beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Faith Fellowship.
Leon Slape, a Texas County resident the past 21 years, will provide a night of music, fun and entertainment at the event. Refreshments and a concession stand of sodas, water and coffee will be available.
“It will be a time of honoring God, family and country,” Slape said. “Everyone is welcome.”
Slape began his piano training at the age of 6 and took formal lessons for 11 years. He began playing for church services at the age of 14 and has since devoted his piano playing to hymns and gospel songs. He has also performed at several Veterans’ Day programs in Texas County.
His piano style is often referred to as “classical gospel,” as Slape combines his early training in classical music and gospel rhythm. He said his willingness to continue playing the piano through the years has come from his acceptance of this talent as a God given gift and encouragement from his wife, Lynda.
Slape said he realized a dream by producing a CD of 12 piano arrangements, including How Great Thou Art, The Lord’s Prayer and Climb Every Mountain. These songs and more will be performed at the concert. His CD will be available to purchase.