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Emmy Award-Winning Composer, Musician and Philanthropist Peter Buffett Performs “Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation”

Eleanor Davis
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Emmy Award-winning composer, musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett performs “Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation” March 13-15 in the LUMA Theater at Bard College’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available through the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900 or

"We all have the opportunity for meaningful, caring impact in this world and I hope to help inspire your path by sharing parts of my own," Buffett says.

The son of billionaire Warren Buffett, Peter Buffett will share with audiences the extraordinary inheritance he received from his parents. It wasn’t money, but the encouragement to forge his own path in life.

In Buffett’s case it was following his passion for music and then later, as Co-President with his wife, Jennifer Buffett, of the NoVo Foundation, working to shift the culture from one of domination and exploitation to partnership and collaboration understanding that girls and women will be the primary agents of that change.

“I realized that maybe by telling my own story it might redefine what success or what privilege actually means,” he says.

The show features Buffett on piano and Michael Kott on cello and includes projected photos of family life in Omaha and video clips of Buffett’s work in film (“Dances With Wolves” fire dance scene), TV (commercials) and philanthropy.

The concert and conversation is the staged incarnation of “Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment,” Buffett’s New York Times bestselling autobiography. Copies of the book will be sold and signed at the performances.

Buffett and Kott have performed at community foundations and colleges around the world for nearly a decade, but no two shows are the same. The musician/philanthropist takes unscripted questions from the audience throughout and the ideas shared seem to become more relevant every day.

“It’s music and interactive dialogue around finding your own path,” he says. “What is your way to fulfillment? Not the expectations of others, of society, friends, but really how do you find yourself?”

Performances are Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are free for high school and college students, $20 for the general public. All proceeds benefit the Kingston, N.Y.-based Center for Creative Education, which offers innovative, high-quality arts and wellness classes for the community with a special emphasis on serving low-income, minority and at-risk children and youth.

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Eleanor Davis

This event was last updated on 01-17-2018