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Classical Pianist Leon Bates (1980)

Louisiana Alive!



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-06-06

Duration: 00:28:21

Subjects: Bates, Leon | Music | Classical Music | Pianists | Piano | Artist-in-residence programs


  • Luke, Marti Host
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Wolf, Thom Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Bates, Leon Performer
  • Bates, Leon Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Alive!” from June 6, 1980, features a week-long visit by classical pianist Leon Bates to West Baton Rouge Parish, as a part of the Affiliate Artists’ Community Artists Residency Training (CART) Program. In an interview with host Marti Luke, Bates discusses the purpose of the CART program, his comfort in front of an audience, his background, what he learned from his piano teachers, the evolution of his career, incorporating his own style into the pieces he plays, and his advice for young performers. This episode also includes highlights from Bates’ performances at a Port Allen gymnasium and outside of a supermarket. Host: Marti Luke