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David Lyons

David Lyons of Charbondale, IL, died on 28 January 2017.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Alana Alpert officiated.

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Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial Park.

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The family of David Lyons will be gathering through the evening of Thursday, February 02 at the residence of Barry and Mercedes Lyons, 26021 Berkley, Huntington Woods MI 48070. The phone number is 248-275-3811.

The family will be gathering at 7:00 on Tuesday with services at 7:30 and again on Thursday at 7:00 with services at 7:30.
The family will have private shiva on Wednesday.

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David Paul Lyons, loving husband of Christina Lyons, brother of Barry and Russell Lyons, and uncle of Daniel and Michael Lyons, was born on October 17th, 1960 in Stoneham, MA to Rosalyn and Donald Lyons. David grew up in Lexington, MA. He started taking piano lessons as a child and decided as a teenager to pursue a career in classical music.

David received music degrees from the University of Michigan, SUNY Stony Brook, Indiana University, and the University of Oregon, studying with leading piano teachers including Menahem Pressler and Charles Rosen. As prize winner of the Washington International Competition for Pianists, David performed at the Main Hall of the Kennedy Center. His tours with Daniel Gaede, former concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, include performances at Carnegie's Weill Hall, the Phillips Collection of Washington D.C., as well as broadcasts on National Public Radio.

Beginning in 2005, David turned his talents to composition. His piece for solo piano, "Two Sides of Night," was awarded first prize in the 2005 Composers Guild Competition. His piece for violin and piano, "Fantaisie Mystique," won first prize in the category Instrumental in the 2013 Composers Guild composition contest. From fall 2007 through fall 2016, he worked as collaborative pianist at SIU Carbondale. You may listen to his music here: https://soundcloud.com/davidplyons

David's life was cut short tragically by mental illness on January 28.
David's family asks for those who wish to honor David to remember him through music and through contributions to the Out of the Box music festival at SIU, Mail Code 4302, OTB/Lyons Memorial, 1000 S. Normal Avenue, Carbondale, IL 6290, 618-536-8742. David's last plan was to do a fundraiser in his wife's church for the music festival, which has suffered budget cuts in recent years. David has performed for the past years at this event, recently playing his wife's pieces. http://cola.siu.edu/music/featured-stories/013017-lyons.php

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of David Lyons may do so by making a contribution to:

Southern Illinois University School of Music
Mail Code 4302, OTB/Lyons Memorial
1000 S. Normal Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901
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