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Posey House site of piano performances

Posey House site of piano performances
Posey House site of piano performances
This refurbished square grand piano, from 1860, now at home at the Posey House in Corydon, joins the assets of the Historical Society of Harrison County. Submitted photo

Music will waft over Oak Street in downtown Corydon as the Historical Society of Harrison County broadcasts piano performances outside using an amplified microphone system.

Piano Performances at the Posey House will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month beginning Oct. 11 and are scheduled to run through June 2021 at the Historic Posey House, located at 225 N. Oak St.

Piano selections will be performed on the recently restored Civil War-era grand piano by Jean Ann Parker, a well-known local pianist who will be stationed inside the parlor of the Posey House and will feature piano music from a variety of genres.

Parker was reared on a farm near New Salisbury, graduated from North Harrison High School in 1977 and began working in a hat factory in Salem while playing at clubs on weekends with a local country band. In the early 1980s, she began playing full time with a Louisville group known as Mike Lunsford and the Whiskey River Band.

In 1985, Parker landed a job in Nashville, Tenn., playing keyboard for Little David Wilkins, also a pianist who penned songs such as “Comin’ on Strong” for Brenda Lee, “Georgia Keeps Pulling on My Ring” for Conway Twitty and his own hits of “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” and “Just a Bowl of Butterbeans.” Parker toured the United States and Canada with him for nearly two years.

After that, Parker began as a keyboardist and concessions manager for Billy Joe Royal. His early hits were “Down in the Boondocks” and “Cherry Hill Park” recorded when he was only 16. In 1989, Parker was hired by John Conlee to play keyboards, sing harmony and sell concessions. Conlee’s hits include “Rose Colored Glasses,” “Old School” and “Friday Night Blues.” They toured the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda and frequently played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.

Additional piano performances will be added during the winter holiday season.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Due to current health conditions, the Posey House will not be open to the public. Attendees are invited to sit in their cars to listen or, if outside their cars, they are expected to wear masks, practice social distancing and follow all health guidelines in place at the time.

This schedule may be subject to change based on health restrictions or inclement weather.

Funding for the piano performances was provided through a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission matched by the Harrison County Community Foundation.

For more information or to request specific songs, contact Karen Schwartz, Historical Society of Harrison County president, at 812-736-2373 or by email at [email protected].