October 20, 2020

Previous Events

“A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett”, March 3, 2020

On March 3, 2020, Vassar invited the renowned philanthropist Peter Buffett to speak with the students in the CEIH-funded intensive “Fundamentals of Grant Writing”. In addition to speaking with the class, Mr. Buffett gave a performance of his show “A Concert & Conversation” with the Vassar Community. Mr. Buffett met with Professor Rebecca Edwards and her students for a reception before the performance.

Stills from the student reception with Mr. Buffett:

Photo Credit: Karl Rabe

Photo Credit: Karl Rabe



Press Release:

“Concert & Conversation” with Peter Buffett on piano, accompanied by Michael Kott on cello

Mar 3, 5:30pm
Location: Main Building, Villard Room

“Concert & Conversation” is a performance with Peter Buffett on piano accompanied by the one and only Michael Kott on cello. The duo has performed the show at colleges and community foundations around the world for the better part of a decade. The performance features clips from Peter’s film, television, and philanthropic work as it traces the evolution of his life and career. “Conversation” is in the title because Peter takes questions from the audience throughout the show, which keeps the show continuously relevant as the world around us continues to change.

Peter Buffett first began his professional musical career in the early 1980s in San Francisco, recording and producing albums for local talent and composing
for commercials. In 1987, he released his first album, The Waiting with Narada Productions. Over the next several years, Peter released three more records with Narada and composed the score for the Fire Dance scene in the film Dances With Wolves. After that, Peter scored the CBS eight-hour mini-series 500 Nations, which led to albums on Epic and Hollywood Records. In 2004, Peter’s theatrical show, Spirit—The Seventh

Fire premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. After writing about “The Charitable-Industrial Complex” in the New York Times, Peter began to find his voice through essays as well as songs. Peter’s childhood memories of growing up in the Civil Rights era were rekindled when he and his wife, Jennifer, were given the responsibility of guiding the work of the NoVo Foundation. In 2010, Peter published his book, Life Is What You Make It, which was so successful that it was translated into 15 languages and even quoted on a packet of sugar in South Africa! To promote his new book, Peter took his “Concert & Conversation” show on the road with cellist Michael Kott.

This event is open to the public. For free tickets, go to https://vassarpresents.tix.com