Left-handed pianist Norman Malone
Start: September 15, 2019 7:30 p.m.
End: September 15, 2019 9:15 p.m.
Location: Sursa Performance Hall

Contact Details

School of Music


Left-Handed Pianist is a documentary produced by Kartemquin Films about the inspiring pianist Norman Malone. At age 5, Norman discovered he was a natural at the piano. Tragically, when Norman turned 10, his father attacked him with a hammer to the head, leaving him paralyzed on his right side. Undaunted, Malone began a lifelong quest to reclaim his place at the piano, mastering the most difficult music ever written for left hand alone – and never telling anyone of his deepening virtuosity. Not until he was 78 did Malone reveal his story (to the Chicago Tribune), prompting belated invitations to perform across America. Nearly 70 years after his tragic attack, Malone launches a much-delayed, triumphant concert career.

Learn more about the film and Norman Malone's extraordinary story.

Screening, Performance, and Q&A

The evening will include a screening of the documentary's work-in-progress, a short performance by Norman himself, and a question & answer session with the documentary team.

*Co-sponsored by the Ball State School of Music, Office of Inclusive Excellence, and the Department of Telecommunications.

Free Admission

This event is free and open to the public.


Parking is available in the McKinley Parking Garage (entrance on Ashland Avenue) located immediately south of Sursa Hall. This garage is free after 7 p.m. and on weekends, however a minimal fee may be charged for event parking.