Music in the Reagan Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley will stay open from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Oct.1. It’s pianist  Roger Williams’ 83rd birthday and he plans to celebrate in the library’s 1000-seat auditorium by playing the piano for 14 1/2 hours.  He set his current marathon record on his 80th birthday by playing for 14 hours at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Williams played for the Reagans several times at the White House and is noted in the “Reagan Diaries.” He says their favorite song is “Our Love is Here to Stay” and, of course, he will be playing it on his birthday marathon. He will play requests from visitors who will be alternating in the auditorium during the 14 1/2 hour birthday marathon. Williams says the event is part of his “national crusade to save music  education in public schools.” The Library’s exec director Duke Blackwood says, “We are thrilled to host this record-breaking event.” Williams will be playing on the piano he donated to the library in 2001. It is usually located in the private  presidential quarters of the library’s White House but will be moved to the adjoining auditorium for the event.  He  is still performing concerts across the country. ancy Reagan will be at the library on Aug. 15 to lunch with Congressman Mitch McConnell (R. Kentucky) on his first visit there. 

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