Thursday Nov 7, 2013
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Concert and conversation with Peter Buffett
The Academy for the Love of Learning is pleased to present Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett. The Emmy Award-winning musician, philanthropist, and author will perform on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. This performance is a benefit for the Academy’s Institute for Teachers. In this performance, Peter Buffett transforms his New York Times best-selling book, Life Is What You Make It, into a multimedia event, combining clips from his film, television and philanthropic work with a live piano/vocal performance accompanied by cellist Michael Kott. Buffett draws upon his own life story and experiences, as the son of famed investor Warren Buffett, discussing how important it is for each person to define his or her own path in life, regardless of their wealth or background. He conveys that it is one’s values—and what people are able to give back to society—that shape and define us as individuals, creating a thought-provoking evening for the audience. Buffett began his career creating music for the early years of MTV and for the Fire Dance scene in the Oscar winning film Dances With Wolves. He received critical acclaim for his Native American inspired score for the Emmy awarded eight hour CBS mini-series, 500 Nations as well for the musical production Spirit: The Seventh Fire, coinciding with the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of the American Indian. He has released sixteen records to date.Peter Buffett and his wife Jennifer also co-chair the NoVo foundation, a philanthropic entity dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. Peter Buffett is known for his leadership on the topic of philanthropy and recently penned an Op-Ed on the New York Times and what he terms “The Charitable Industrial Complex”."Martha Graham once said of us all: 'There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.' This quote is at the heart of all programming at the Academy for the Love of Learning," says Aaron Stern, President and Founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning. "My dear friend, musician, author, philanthropist, Peter Buffet is an inspiring exemplar of Graham's sentiment come to life! We are thrilled to welcome Peter here at the Academy in a performance and conversation at the Lensic Theater, for the Benefit of the Academy's Institute for Teachers." There will be an opportunity to meet Peter Buffett at a book signing immediately following the performance.