Last weekend, Sam Viviano gave a recital of music and poetry at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, in Memphis. He played two of his own compositions, his metamorphoses on Chopin’s Nocturnes and his work for piano and reader entitled “Sports and Commotions.” I studied piano with Sam for almost ten years, and have heard him play on a number of occasions, but the experience is always both startling in its intensity, and deeply moving. For those of you who missed this performance, I hope you’ll get another chance to hear this brilliant performer. Sam, thanks for all you have done for me over the years. Your teaching, performing, and mentoring, has been of almost inexpressible value to all the musicians your life has touched.