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Sept. 5, 2012

CONTACT: Jane Geisinger, marketing & promotions coordinator
    A Center for the Arts, 124 W Lincoln Ave, Fergus Falls MN 56537
    Phone: 218-736-5453 Fax: 218-739-5713 e-mail:

Two free events at AC4TA on Sept. 15 before the evening concert
Fergus Falls — Saturday, Sept. 15, will be a busy day at A Center for the Arts’ Fergus Theatre
(124 W. Lincoln Ave., downtown Fergus Falls) with a free inspiring talk by the mother of a
musical savant, a free artist’s reception, and finally a ticketed concert by musical savant Tony

In the afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. Janice DeBlois will be giving a talk about her life raising her
son Tony DeBlois, who was born weighing only 1 lb. 3/4 oz., is blind, autistic and has savant
syndrome. Tony is one of only eight known living musical savants in the world. He currently
plays some 22+ instruments and knows more than 10,000 songs. Janice’s story is sure to inspire
and inform. It is free and open to the public.

Janice is the author of “Some Kind Of Genius: The Tony DeBlois Story,” which is about her
journey raising Tony. One book reviewer states: “Overall the book demonstrates dramatically
what can happen with a focus on a-bility rather than dis-ability on the part of parents, teachers
and others. It also provides a road map of love, and advocacy, for parents of children with
disabilities through Janice DeBlois’s example.” Dr. Treffert states: “In my search to better
understand savant syndrome, it is from persons like Tony and his mom that I’ve learned as much
about matters of the heart as I have about the workings of the mind.”

Just before Tony’s concert, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., AC4TA is hosting a free, public “Meet the
Artist” reception for Rick Smith, whose work is currently on display in the theatre lobby. Smith
attended both Ohio State University and Miami of Ohio University as a Fine Arts Major and has
had various works over the years displayed in galleries in Milwaukee and Sturgeon Bay,
Wisconsin. Not only does he paint, but he also does some amazing woodwork, which you can
see in some of his artwork. Smith lives with his wife in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, a small port town
on the shores of Lake Michigan 30 miles east of Green Bay.

Saturday evening concludes with the 7:30 p.m. concert by musical savant Tony DeBlois. This is
the first performance of the Center’s new “Center Series.” Series ticket holders have reserved
seating. A limited number of general seating tickets for this show are for sale at $18 for adults
and $5 for children/students. Tickets can be purchased at our box office, by phone at 218-998-
ARTS (2787) and online at

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