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Pianist Liz Story tells the tale of the constellations in a benefit concert

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Pianist Liz Story, a three-time Grammy nominee and a Prescott resident, performs Thursday, July 23, at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon. 
The concert will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Courtesy photo<p> Pianist Liz Story, a three-time Grammy nominee and a Prescott resident, performs Thursday, July 23, at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon. The concert will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Pianist Liz Story discovered a special relationship with the sky when lived on Spruce Mountain in the 1990s - a place that would inspire her music in a profound way.

"When I looked up at Spruce Mountain, I studied the sky and learned all the constellations," she said. "I had this moment when I suddenly felt how the sky was moving."

Story's "deep appreciation" for what she observed when she looked up into the sky became "Night Sky Essays," her album of 12 original compositions, each bearing the name of a constellation in the zodiac. Story will be playing pieces from this work when she appears on Thursday, July 23, in a dinner show at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon in Prescott. "This is my hometown," she said. "There is something very special about that."

Although Story resides in a different Prescott home now, she recalls with fondness living in a geodesic dome on Spruce Mountain. "I did a lot of writing up there," the three-time Grammy nominee said.

The longtime Prescott resident began her musical training when she was young, mastering Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 11 by the time she was 11 years old. She received classical piano training at the Julliard School of Music and Hunter College in New York City. She also studied under Sanford Gold and the Dick Grove Music Workshops in Studio City, Calif.

Story's performance at the Palace will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, which grants wishes to children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.

The audience can look forward to her playing compositions in her classical, jazz, folk, pop and impressionistic repertoire.

Tickets for the dinner show are $30 per person (tax and tip not included) and reservations are required. On the day of the event, dinner reservations begin at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. To make a reservation, call 541-1996.

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