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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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Harmony for Peace concert at Powell Symphony Hall

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Harmony for Peace concert at Powell Symphony Hall

- ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Music has charms to sooth a savage beast to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. But can music bring peace to the streets of St. Louis and to the world? In 2003, doctors told pianist Gohei Nishikawa that he would never play the piano again. They were wrong. He’s going to try and bring peace and harmony to St

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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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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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Duo-piano concert at Dordt

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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

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One Pianist’s Variations on Tales From the Crypt

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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

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Sing us a song, you’re the tribute band

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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

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Sun Prairie pianist among 'Final Forte' in free Wednesday concert

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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

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Experience the 'key' to victory in piano competition

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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

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3 left in Ninth Iowa Piano Competition, final round Sunday

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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

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Horace Parlan, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 86

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Horace Parlan, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 86

- Photo Horace Parlan, an acclaimed jazz pianist whose style was unlike anyone else’s, largely because he had to compensate for a partly disabled hand, died on Feb. 23 in Korsor, Denmark. He was 86. His death, in a nursing home, was announced by the Danish jazz historian Frank Buchmann-Moller. Mr. Parlan had lived in Denmark since 1972. Unable to use the middle two fingers of his right hand, Mr. Parlan

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Backwards Piano Man performing at Rexburg benefit concert

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Backwards Piano Man performing at Rexburg benefit concert

- We Matched REXBURG — An association of music teachers in the Upper Valley is trying to raise money for a new music mission, and they’ve invited a special guest to help. Jason Lyle Black, known as the “Backwards Piano Man,” will be the main act for a benefit concert in Rexburg on Feb. 25. “This is not a piano recital. This is a very fun, very interactive, very entertaining

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Columbia's lakefront bells reinstalled, ringing
Columbia's lakefront bells reinstalled, ringing Downtown Columbia's carillon bells are ringing once again every 15 minutes at the Lake Kittamaqundi pier after being reinstalled in an interim structure known as the Bell Tree. The carillon bells were removed from the original wooden flag tower seven years because the tower was deteriorating, and have been in storage. The new -18-foot metal tower was installed by the Columbia Association this spring   Read More ...
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14-year-old stuns crowd, wins Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition
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)   Read More ...
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Emotional Richness in Minor Keys From 2 Revered Pianists
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   Read More ...
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Harmony for Peace concert at Powell Symphony Hall
Harmony for Peace concert at Powell Symphony Hall ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Music has charms to sooth a savage beast to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. But can music bring peace to the streets of St. Louis and to the world? In 2003, doctors told pianist Gohei Nishikawa that he would never play the piano again. They were wrong. He’s going to try and bring peace and harmony to St   Read More ...
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Putin shows off musical talent on piano in China
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)   Read More ...
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Putin sits down at piano in China, plays Soviet songs
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   Read More ...
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Review: Stravinsky’s ‘Rite’ as a Piano Duo Captivates Carnegie Hall
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The Tao of Tao: Composer, pianist tests boundaries of his music
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   Read More ...
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Kelly Rowland’s 2-Year-Old Son Titan Is Already Showing Musical Talent: He Plays Piano ‘Every Single Day’
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?   Read More ...
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Jazz Festival finalizes lineup
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Concert Review: Pianist Emanuel Ax offers a thoughtfully conceived program
At his Merrill Auditorium recital on Saturday afternoon, pianist Emanuel Ax played the kind of thoughtfully conceived program that has become his hallmark over a 40-plus-year career. True, if you give his program only a cursory glance, it might seem commonplace, given that it was mostly Chopin and Schubert, with one new work, by Samuel Adams. But beneath the surface, the program, presented by Portland Ovations, was full of interesting tendrils connecting the works and composers   Read More ...
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Stephen Hough, polymathic pianist, will return to Seattle bearing Rachmaninov
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WWI centennial ceremony scheduled for Thursday at Carillon
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Duo-piano concert at Dordt
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One Pianist’s Variations on Tales From the Crypt
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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
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The Piano Guys to be featured on first episode of Dove Channel's 'Frankly Faraci'
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Experience the 'key' to victory in piano competition
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3 left in Ninth Iowa Piano Competition, final round Sunday
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What happens when you put ‘Beauty and the Beast’ stars at a piano with composer Alan Menken? Disney magic
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6 continue playing in Iowa Piano Competition
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Idaho music composer finding success at age 15
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Horace Parlan, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 86
Horace Parlan, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 86 Photo Horace Parlan, an acclaimed jazz pianist whose style was unlike anyone else’s, largely because he had to compensate for a partly disabled hand, died on Feb. 23 in Korsor, Denmark. He was 86. His death, in a nursing home, was announced by the Danish jazz historian Frank Buchmann-Moller. Mr. Parlan had lived in Denmark since 1972. Unable to use the middle two fingers of his right hand, Mr. Parlan   Read More ...
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Apr 10, 2017 - Olympus Piano Trio
Heralded as “astounding . . . unbelievable magnitude of talent and maturity . . . unique in every sense” (Athens Estia), The Olympus Piano Trio combines the forces of three exciting young soloists-violinist Regi Papa, cellist Benjamin Capps, and pianist Konstantine Valianatos. Formed at Juilliard in 2010 to celebrate a common Hellenic heritage, the Olympus Piano Trio performs a wide repertoire of classical masterpieces and champions the music of native   Read More ...
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Student and teacher unite through music
Student and teacher unite through music Andre Bohren stared at his piano teacher’s hands flowing and darting fearlessly over the keys. It didn’t matter that Janet Ahlquist had never seen the piece he’d brought to his lesson, that the tempo was fast or that the notes crowding the sheet music were composed by Prokofiev, notorious for difficult piano music. “She just laid into it,” Bohren said. It wasn’t the first or last time he marveled at   Read More ...
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Piano work commissioned for 2017 Iowa Piano Competition
Piano work commissioned for 2017 Iowa Piano Competition SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra has commissioned composer Kati Agocs to create a solo piano piece to be used during the ninth Iowa Piano Competition, March 9-12 at the Orpheum Theatre. Agocs' work for solo piano, "Ambrosiana," will be featured and performed by all semi-finalists during the second round of the IPC from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. March 11. For further information, contact 712-277-2111.   Read More ...
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Backwards Piano Man performing at Rexburg benefit concert
Backwards Piano Man performing at Rexburg benefit concert We Matched REXBURG — An association of music teachers in the Upper Valley is trying to raise money for a new music mission, and they’ve invited a special guest to help. Jason Lyle Black, known as the “Backwards Piano Man,” will be the main act for a benefit concert in Rexburg on Feb. 25. “This is not a piano recital. This is a very fun, very interactive, very entertaining   Read More ...
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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Give DJ Khaled’s Son a Major Gift — See the Video!
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Give DJ Khaled’s Son a Major Gift — See the Video! Looks like ‘s son, Asahd, has gotten a new set of piano keys. Khaled took to Instagram on Friday to thank Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz for the white piano they gave his 3-month-old son. The piano came with Keys’ “No One” lyrics handwritten along the top. “Part 1!! Wow !! Me my son @asahdkhaled and my queen want to thank @aliciakeys @therealswizzz for this amazing gift for my son!!   Read More ...
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Pianist Gloria Chien joins Soovin Kim as Co-Artistic Director
Gloria Chien has been named Co-Artistic Director of the Burlington-based Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Roger Foster, President of the LCCMF board, announced today. As Artistic Directors, she and her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, are responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the festival, including all festival programming and the guidance of all educational programs. Chien is known as a tremendously versatile pianist and a   Read More ...
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Historic piano finds its way back family of little girl that use to play on it
Historic piano finds its way back family of little girl that use to play on it CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) - Many a piano player have sat staring into this north wind face. The first was Henry Shaw when he purchased it new n 1887. 'Piano started out at the Henry Shaw estate,' says Diane Nagy, Museum Director Kimmswick Historical Society. 'It was in the curator`s house there.' Shaw died in 1889, leaving the Vertigrand piano to Dr. Gustav Mehlquist. As a 7-year-old girl, Cora Katzen   Read More ...
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Indonesian Jazz Pianist Inspires Grammy Camp Musicians
Indonesian Jazz Pianist Inspires Grammy Camp Musicians LOS ANGELES — Every year, dozens of talented young American musicians spend a week at Grammy Camp in Los Angeles. They live and breathe music, playing with their peers, honing their skills and working with some of the biggest names in the industry. This year, they jammed with Joey Alexander, the 13-year-old Indonesian-born jazz pianist whose debut album, “My Favorite Things,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Albums chart and received   Read More ...
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13-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander goes back to the Grammys
13-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander goes back to the Grammys Joey Alexander, the 13-year-old jazz pianist, broke ground after scoring two Grammy nominations last year, though he walked away from the ceremony empty-handed. This year, he has another chance to win. He's nominated for best improvised jazz solo with "Countdown" at the Feb. 12 show, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Alexander said he was "thankful" for his Grammy nominations last year, but it was   Read More ...
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At 13, pianist Joey Alexander heads back to the Grammys
At 13, pianist Joey Alexander heads back to the Grammys NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Alexander, the 13-year-old jazz pianist, broke ground after scoring two Grammy nominations last year, though he walked away from the ceremony empty-handed. This year, he has another chance to win. He's nominated for best improvised jazz solo with "Countdown" at the Feb. 12 show, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Alexander said he was "thankful" for his Grammy nominations last   Read More ...
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‘La La Land’ Is Stuck in Its Own Time
‘La La Land’ Is Stuck in Its Own Time Sebastian — Seb, if you’re a hepcat — drives a creaky but reliable brown Buick Riviera convertible with a cassette deck, wears spectator shoes and rehearses a mournful piano figure ad nauseam. Mia is a wry, carefree, would-be actress who hasn’t found her footing, but at least knows a good piano figure when she hears one. In Damien Chazelle’s modern musical “La La Land,” they fall in love in a   Read More ...
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Piano concert series features jazz, voice and violin
Piano concert series features jazz, voice and violin TWIN FALLS — Five piano performances are scheduled this spring at the College of Southern Idaho. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission to the evening concerts is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. A season pass for five concerts can be purchased at the Fine Arts Box Office for $40 for adults, $32 for seniors or $24 for students. The   Read More ...
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Jazz pianist James 'Jimmy' Hamilton played with legends, taught future ones like Prince
Jazz pianist James 'Jimmy' Hamilton played with legends, taught future ones like Prince Fate smiled on Minnesota’s jazz scene decades ago, when pianist James “Jimmy” Hamilton traveled to the state with his wife, ran out of money, and put down roots. Hamilton became a fixture in Twin Cities’ jazz clubs, and his lessons on the fundamentals of music inspired thousands of Minneapolis teens — including one student with “big ears” who later became known as Prince. Hamilton, dubbed a Minnesota jazz legend, died   Read More ...
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World-renowned German pianist to present recital at Marshall
World-renowned German pianist to present recital at Marshall HUNTINGTON - It was Chuck Berry that said "Roll Over Beethoven." For Hinrich Alpers, it is more like "Roll On Beethoven." Keeping alive the magic and spirit of Ludwig van Beethoven, Alpers, a world-renowned pianist from Berlin, Germany, will be giving a free recital at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Smith Recital Hall on the campus of Marshall University. There will be a free pre-concert lecture about Beethoven before   Read More ...
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Pianos turn into public art
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — It's been a long time since the old upright piano that was brought to Soldier Creek Winery Friday morning by a crew of volunteers has had an in-tune note played on it — it sounds worse than the tinkly old saloon piano in a spaghetti western. And that's only if you play around the four keys that simply don't work at all. While the old   Read More ...
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