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The most swinging jazz-piano stars salute Oscar Peterson Monday at the NAC

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The most swinging jazz-piano stars salute Oscar Peterson Monday at the NAC

- It couldn’t get any more swinging than the gathering of musicians who will pay tribute to Oscar Peterson on Monday at the National Arts Centre. The Canada Scene concert Oscar, With Love. will feature seven celebrated pianists ranging from Peterson’s friend and fellow Montreal native, Oliver Jones, 82, and Toronto-based Peterson protégé Robi Botos to rising thirty-something U.S. jazz stars Gerald Clayton and Justin Kauflin, as well as Toronto bassist Dave Young, playing music by and for their hero
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Geri Allen, Pianist Who Reconciled Jazz’s Far-Flung Styles, Dies at 60

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Geri Allen, Pianist Who Reconciled Jazz’s Far-Flung Styles, Dies at 60

- Geri Allen, an influential pianist and educator whose dense but agile playing reconciled far-flung elements of the jazz tradition, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Philadelphia. She was 60. The cause was cancer, said Maureen McFadden, Ms. Allen’s publicist. Perhaps more than any other pianist, Ms. Allen’s style — harmonically refracted and rhythmically complex, but laden with inertia — formed a bridge between jazz’s halcyon midcentury period and its stylistically diffuse present
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Fargo famous: Local lookalikes pass for celeb status

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Fargo famous: Local lookalikes pass for celeb status

- Music legend, popstar and country crooner. Larry Zahradka (50) and Billy Joel (68) Joel's hits: "We Didn't Start The Fire," "Uptown Girl" and "Piano Man" First recognized: It was "too long ago to remember," Zahradka says. Working as sales manager at Creative Kitchen, Zahradka is compared to the Piano Man a few times a week. People say that they share a similar smile, eyes and grow the same goatee
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Listen to Three Hours of Music, From a Single Note

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Listen to Three Hours of Music, From a Single Note

- Photo How long can you play the seven different D notes on the piano — without it being boring? If anyone is suited to take on that question, it’s the pianist R. Andrew Lee, who has developed a reputation as an interpreter of extremely — O.K., almost unbelievably — long, sparse contemporary music. By 2014, when he first approached “The Four Pillars Appearing From the Equal D Under Resonating Apparitions of the Eternal Process in the Midwinter Starfield,” the composer Randy Gibson’s 210-minute, D-saturated work, Mr
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Park University student wins silver at Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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Park University student wins silver at Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

- Park University music student Kenneth Broberg was announced Saturday as the silver medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Broberg, a Minneapolis area native and a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music in Parkville, was one of four Americans in the event and, at age 23, the seventh-youngest competitor, according to university officials
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Park grad student is one of 6 finalists in Van Cliburn piano competition

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Park grad student is one of 6 finalists in Van Cliburn piano competition

- On average, Park University graduate student Kenny Broberg practices piano four hours a day. But to prepare for an event like the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he can sit on the bench for more than six. Now that preparation — which includes dipping his exhausted hands and forearms into ice water for recovery — is paying off. Broberg is one of six finalists of the prestigious Van Cliburn, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas
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At 19, Philly piano student is crushing the Van Cliburn competition

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At 19, Philly piano student is crushing the Van Cliburn competition

- One of the youngest pianists in the current Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – in progress in Fort Worth, Texas – is a Curtis Institute of Music student well-known to local audiences. Daniel Hsu, one of three Hsu siblings to come through Curtis in the last few years, has been at the school since he was 11. Now 19, he has made a strong showing at the august Van Cliburn
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Billy Joel's former drummer wants to patch things up with the Piano Man  

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Billy Joel's former drummer wants to patch things up with the Piano Man  

- Billy Joel’s longtime drummer doesn’t know why the 68-year-old Piano Man goes to extremes. Liberty DeVitto, Joel’s timekeeper of 30 years, told us at an L.A. screening of his documentary “Hired Gun: Out of the Spotlight and Into the Shadows,” that he’s still perplexed over his 2005 split from the pop star. “It was Easter Sunday, the next day, Billy had a private plane and I wanted to get on the plane and I was told ‘There’s not enough room for you
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14-year-old stuns crowd, wins Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition

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14-year-old stuns crowd, wins Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition

- The annual Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition at the Florida Theatre is the opening act for a weekend of jazz as the Jacksonville Jazz Festival swings into downtown with 40 acts over three days, beginning Friday. (Bruce Lipsky/Florida Times-Union)
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Emotional Richness in Minor Keys From 2 Revered Pianists

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Emotional Richness in Minor Keys From 2 Revered Pianists

- Photo New York piano lovers hardly knew what to expect over the weekend from two keyboard lions approaching winter. Was this to be a wallow in nostalgia? In melancholy? Happily, it turned out to be neither. Murray Perahia, 70, played at Carnegie Hall on Friday evening, and Maurizio Pollini, 75, followed there on Sunday afternoon, but there was little need to dwell on the past in a resplendent here and now
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Putin shows off musical talent on piano in China

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Putin shows off musical talent on piano in China

- Russian state television showed President Vladimir Putin playing the piano in Beijing on Sunday. Putin tried his hand at the anthems of Moscow and his native St. Petersburg, while he waited to hold talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. (May 14)
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Putin sits down at piano in China, plays Soviet songs

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Putin sits down at piano in China, plays Soviet songs

- Russian President Vladimir Putin, known for his passion for the outdoors, showed off his softer side during a visit to China when he sat down to play the piano Sunday. Putin is in Beijing on a state visit to discuss a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that strives to revive the ancient Silk Road. After speaking at the summit in the morning, Putin headed to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at his residence
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Review: Stravinsky’s ‘Rite’ as a Piano Duo Captivates Carnegie Hall

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Review: Stravinsky’s ‘Rite’ as a Piano Duo Captivates Carnegie Hall

- Photo Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” retains the power to shock in part through its raw, blazingly colorful orchestration. But the piece actually first came into being as a piano duo. Throughout his life, Stravinsky liked to sketch his pieces at the piano. So the piano version of the “Rite” is, in a way, the original. In 1912, a year before the riot-inducing premiere of the “Rite” by the Ballets Russes in Paris, Stravinsky played the first part of the score for a small group at the home of the French critic Louis Laloy
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The Tao of Tao: Composer, pianist tests boundaries of his music

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The Tao of Tao: Composer, pianist tests boundaries of his music

- What were you doing at 18 months? Conrad Tao was playing songs on the piano. At 4, he gave his first recital. At 8, he made his concerto debut. At 13, he was featured on the PBS series “From The Top” as a violinist, pianist and composer. Now, at 22, Tao is still turning heads – as both composer and pianist
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Kelly Rowland’s 2-Year-Old Son Titan Is Already Showing Musical Talent: He Plays Piano ‘Every Single Day’

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Kelly Rowland’s 2-Year-Old Son Titan Is Already Showing Musical Talent: He Plays Piano ‘Every Single Day’

- ‘s 2-year-old son Titan Jewell seems to already have inherited her musical talents. “He goes back to the same spot and sits in the same seat and plays a specific note every single day. Now he’s broadening his space of the keys on the piano, so I’m just amazed. We’re about to get him piano lessons!” Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs?
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Stephen Hough, polymathic pianist, will return to Seattle bearing Rachmaninov

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Stephen Hough, polymathic pianist, will return to Seattle bearing Rachmaninov

- In a 2014 commentary published in The Telegraph, of London, the ever-eloquent Stephen Hough — one of the most celebrated pianists of our age and guest of the Seattle Symphony April 13-15 — addressed the problem of performance anxiety for concert musicians. After describing the “fear of being rejected … [the] exposure to judgment,” the British-born Hough, 56, proffered a Big Picture perspective on transcending ego: “[W]hat better ambition can there be … [than] to leave self-obsession behind and take the audience on a journey across the high wire of Beethoven or the flying trapeze of Liszt
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WWI centennial ceremony scheduled for Thursday at Carillon

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WWI centennial ceremony scheduled for Thursday at Carillon

- On Thursday, the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission will hold a special ceremony at noon at the Carillon — preceded at 11:45 a.m. with a Carillon bell concert — to mark America’s entry into the war. Speakers will include Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams of the Virginia National Guard; and Lynn Rainville of Sweet Briar College
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WWI centennial ceremony scheduled for Thursday at Carillon
WWI centennial ceremony scheduled for Thursday at Carillon On Thursday, the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission will hold a special ceremony at noon at the Carillon — preceded at 11:45 a.m. with a Carillon bell concert — to mark America’s entry into the war. Speakers will include Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams of the Virginia National Guard; and Lynn Rainville of Sweet Briar College   Read More ...
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An up-and-coming pianist shares his love of music with children
An up-and-coming pianist shares his love of music with children Jan Lisiecki has fit a lot into his young life. At 22, he’s a world-renowned classical pianist – and he’s made it a priority to blend his artistry with humanitarian work, especially involving children. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Lisiecki has worked with UNICEF for almost a decade and has been a UNICEF Canada ambassador since 2012. He raises funds through charity recitals, holding several a year, most of which aren’t listed on his website   Read More ...
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Duo-piano concert at Dordt
Duo-piano concert at Dordt SIOUX CENTER, Iowa | Dordt College will hold a Duo-Piano concert featuring guest performers Michael and Kyung Kim at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, 98 Fourth Ave. NE. The concert is free and open to the public. The two will perform a program with selections from "Hungarian Dances" by Brahms, "Mother Goose Suite" by Maurice Ravel, and other works by Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Grainger   Read More ...
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One Pianist’s Variations on Tales From the Crypt
One Pianist’s Variations on Tales From the Crypt Photo A searching artist who likes to play old and new music against (or, more accurately, for) each other, the pianist David Greilsammer arrives in New York on Wednesday, April 5, for the latest installment in the Crypt Sessions, a way-downstairs, intimate series at the Church of the Intercession in Washington Heights. The program, “Labyrinth,” is organized around “On an Overgrown Path,” Janacek’s moody cycle of 15 short piano pieces   Read More ...
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Sing us a song, you’re the tribute band
Sing us a song, you’re the tribute band The piano is just a shell. The keys have been removed, replaced with an electronic keyboard patched to a digital interface. These days, it’s the best way to get the piano sound you want, says Ben Eramo, a Triton Regional High School senior who’s been playing since he was 4 years old. The shell is easy to move, weighing just 150 pounds, he says   Read More ...
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Sun Prairie pianist among 'Final Forte' in free Wednesday concert
Sun Prairie pianist among 'Final Forte' in free Wednesday concert Fourteen-year-old pianist Michael Wu of Sun Prairie and three other outstanding Wisconsin teen musicians will compete for top honors Wednesday evening in the annual “Final Forte” Bolz Young Artist Competition. Rebroadcasts on public radio and TV will take place Saturday, April 1 and 2. Along with pianist Wu, this year’s Final Forte includes violinist Julian Rhee, 16, of Brookfield; harpist Naomi Sutherland, 17, of Viroqua; and violinist Yaoyao Chen, 18, of Menasha   Read More ...
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The Piano Guys to be featured on first episode of Dove Channel's 'Frankly Faraci'
The Piano Guys to be featured on first episode of Dove Channel's 'Frankly Faraci' Utah-based group The Piano Guys will be featured in the first episode of the streaming service Dove Channel's "Frankly Faraci" show on March 21, according to a news release. The episode will feature a look at the international success of the group, which includes pianist and songwriter Jon Schmidt, cellist and songwriter Steven Sharp Nelson, producer and videographer Paul Anderson and music producer and songwriter Al van der Beek, along with "how the group's faith is the cornerstone of their creativity," according to a release   Read More ...
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Experience the 'key' to victory in piano competition
Experience the 'key' to victory in piano competition SIOUX CITY — Mackenzie Melemed’s experience was key to his victory in the 2017 Iowa Piano Competition, an intense three-day contest for pianists held at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Sioux City. Although he is only 22, Melemed has played in concert nearly 700 times and is in the midst of earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School, a New York-based performing arts conservatory   Read More ...
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3 left in Ninth Iowa Piano Competition, final round Sunday
3 left in Ninth Iowa Piano Competition, final round Sunday SIOUX CITY | Three pianists from three different countries remain in the Ninth Iowa Piano Competition. Tzu-Yin Huang, from Taiwan; Youkyoung Kim, South Korea; and Mackenzie Melemed, United States, will play in the finals at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre. The finalists will play with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra for the final round. The top prize of $7,500 will be awarded to first place, second place will receive $2,750, and third place will receive $1,500   Read More ...
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What happens when you put ‘Beauty and the Beast’ stars at a piano with composer Alan Menken? Disney magic
What happens when you put ‘Beauty and the Beast’ stars at a piano with composer Alan Menken? Disney magic In the alarmingly beige conference room of a Beverly Hills hotel, the man who helped launch six princesses, more than a dozen musical films, and a national songbook of singalongs sits down at a piano. And immediately “beige” is no longer accurate. With just a few immediately evocative chords from Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony-winning composer Alan Menken, an equally familiar voice rises in glorious crescendo. “Perfect adored paragooooon,” sings Josh Gad with that unmistakable combination of bravado and vibrato   Read More ...
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6 continue playing in Iowa Piano Competition
6 continue playing in Iowa Piano Competition SIOUX CITY | Six remain in the Ninth Iowa Piano Competition that has brought together a dozen award-winning musicians from across the world to the Orpheum Theatre. During Thursday's round, half of the pianists were chosen by judges to advance to Saturday's semifinals. Those advancing are Daniel Baer, of the United States; Tzu-Yin Huang, Taiwan; Youkyoung Kim, South Korea; Mackenzie Melemed, United States; Alan Woo, United States, and Shichao Zhang, China   Read More ...
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