January 28, 2013
The spring season of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series kicks off with Emmy Award-winning musician, philanthropist and author Peter Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Student Union Building’s (SUB) Allen Theatre.
Buffett’s New York Times best-selling book, “Life Is What You Make It,” will transform into a multimedia event, combining clips from his film, television and philanthropic work with a cello-accompanied live performance. Buffett draws upon his own life story and experiences, discussing the importance defining one’s own path in life, regardless of wealth or background.
“I grew up as Warren Buffett’s son without realizing he was going to become famous,” Buffett said. “When he became who he is now, I realized it was important to tell my story of how I grew up in normalcy. I thought if I wrote about this, it might change people’s minds about wealth and success.”
The musician began his career creating music for MTV.
“My neighbor’s son-in-law, who worked for MTV, said they needed music for the network,” Buffett said. “I hadn’t even heard of MTV at the time; I was just trying to do the best job I could.”
Buffett received critical acclaim for composing the full score of the Emmy-winning CBS miniseries, “500 Nations,” and musical production “Spirit: The Seventh Fire,” which premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of the American Indian.
“So that’s the lesson,” Buffett said. “You never know what the little things can do for you in the future.”
Buffett said he also is excited to change perspectives of success by showing his father’s report card from secondary school.
“I think people will be surprised when they see it,” Buffett said. “I just think if you wake up excited about what you’re doing, that’s success.”
Immediately following the performance, Buffett will be available for a book signing.
General Admission tickets are $15 and are available through all Select-A-Seat locations. Call (806) 770-2000 or visit www.selectaseatlubbock.com Texas Tech students receive one free ticket with a valid student ID at the SUB ticket booth at the entrance of the Allen Theatre.
Community outreach for this program was funded in part by the Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts of the Lubbock Area Foundation.
The Presidential Lecture & Performance Series strives to enrich the Texas Tech academic and cultural experience by bringing leading scholars and artists together with the university's distinguished faculty, students and staff to exchange expertise, research and talents.