Clanton native to perform in Tuscaloosa

Published 6:28 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Clanton native Randy Atcheson will perform a piano concert at the Moody Music Building on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are free of charge and the concert is to benefit the Mal and Charlotte Moore Alzheimer’s Caring Day facility, which is under construction in Tuscaloosa.

Guests will be given the opportunity to contribute to this facility at the concert.

Mal has been the athletics director at Alabama since 1999. His wife Charlotte passed away two years ago after many years with Alzheimer’s disease.

Because of the inspirational care given by Mal to Charlotte through those years, the new facility is named for them.

Randy will play a program of classical, sacred, popular and patriotic music. He will perform two or three selections on the organ.

The program will be much like his last Carnegie Hall performance given 15 months ago. It was his 10th solo concert at Carnegie Hall.

Randy attended Clanton public schools from the first through the 12th grade and began lessons at Samford University as an eighth grader.

At age 12, he was organist at the First Baptist Church of Clanton.

After his freshman year at Samford, he began a 10-year study at the famed Juilliard School of Music in New York City getting a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and organ.

He has performed in all five continents and for President George H. Bush, the second inauguration of President George W. Bush, for Laura Bush on several occasions and other presidential candidates through the years.

He treasures his close friendships with George Beverly Shea (103) and Cliff Barrows (88) of the Billy Graham evangelistic team and has performed with them on special occasions.

Randy is the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Hyman Atcheson. He and his wife Laurie reside in Greenwich, Conn., where Randy has lived since 1971.

The 1,000-seat Moody Music Building concert hall is located at 810 Second Ave., one block off of Paul Bryant Drive, adjacent to the Paul Bryant Museum and Sewell-Thomas baseball field.