Earle to return to Rome
By Stephanie Salmons Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 am
When she travels to Italy in July, it won't be the first time local pianist and professor Diane Earle has performed in a summer concert series abroad.
In fact, when she heads to Rome next month, it will be her fourth time performing in the ancient city.
"Every year I throw a coin in the Fountain of Trevi before my concert and I hope that will bring good luck, that they'll invite me back the next year — and so far it's working," Earle said with a laugh, rapping her knuckles quickly on her desk, knocking on wood.
The superstition may have its merits for Earle as she again heads to Italy to perform an all-Gershwin and an all-Chopin concert at the Teatro di Marcello.
Organizers make their selections for the summer series in November, Earle said.
"The first couple of days of November, when I know they're picking their season, I hold my breath for like three days," she said.
Concert organizers heard of Earle through a contact in China, where she has also performed.
"I'm a musician and as a pianist, I love to play for anyone who wants to listen," she said. Her life blood is playing, and "whoever asks me to play, I usually try to do it if I can."
While timing sometimes makes it difficult to schedule during the school year, "I just lick my chops when I get to play, especially in a wonderful place like Rome, Italy," said Earle. "It's a very nice place to get to go every year."
For the next five weeks, Earle said she'll be focusing on "lots of practice." Because it's an outdoor concert, she said she practices on the painted piano downtown when it's hot to help her get used to the heat.
Earle, artist in residence and professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College, has performed in 11 countries and 30 states. She has recently returned from a tour through the Czech Republic that included a performance in Owensboro's sister city Olomouc.