APRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER

"It is kind of fun to do the impossible"

Thank you, Walt Disney, for the reminder!

It is really the way to look at life - not to take obstacles as closed doors, but to look at them as a game to outwit. And to keep the mindset of a child for whom everything is a discovery.

We have been immersed this week in poetry. The deadline for the Piano Slam 5 competition entries was last Friday, and we have had our readers work their way through the trove, all the while complaining that the quality makes it impossible to select. Next step: the final jury, chaired again by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Piano Slam 1, in 2009: 300 poems.

Piano Slam 5: over 1400 poems.
It is kind of fun to do the impossible!

The Dranoff created and produces Piano Slam as a way to get our artists into the community, and to get the community into the performing arts. Find out what is behind the expansion of Piano Slam. When you purchase the VIP tickets for the May 2nd event, you can meet the professional artists and those who have been part of this growth during the after party in the Donor Lounge of the Knight Hall. But more so, these tickets help support Piano Slam into the next steps. Be part of making this possible. Details are below.

 

9 days after Piano Slam begin the Competition Semi-Finals. We look at this period as a mini-festival of duo pianism. Another seeming impossibility is real.

For the many of you who have not experienced a competition our excitement might not be understandable. A bunch of pianist sitting in a recital hall in front of a handful of academicians, playing the same piece of music over and over....Most emphatically not!

There are 16 different stories being written while we watch. 8 pairs of brilliant young musicians who hope to win the Olympics.

There are 7 incredible jurors who each bring to the table not only musicianship, but traces of their own lives' journey, their cultural background, their professional viewpoints, their private passions and interests. There are artistic directors, teachers and extraordinary pianists, who add yet another layer.

There are two composers, each of them superb pianists in their own right, who each gave themselves a different task to explore in this medium of two pianos. All within a few days of each other.

How to shape all these ingredients into measured and assessable evaluations? Find out by coming to the concerts. And add your own opinion by participating in the Audience Choice Award.

For the semi-finals, the contestants have a required repertoire, but they will each bring to the competition their own choices of music to play, which allows us to get to know them as artists and people. The Finals Concert will feature the works of Francis Poulenc, Victor Babin, Shelly Berg, Gabriela Lena Frank and Jerome Moross. The orchestra will be led by the magnetic Sarah Hicks. There is nothing boring or pedantic to be found anywhere.

Help us make this competition a huge success, for the Dranoff and yours truly, and for the young artists.

Support the competition with your gift, and the contestants with your attendance. Make dreams, theirs and ours, possible.

Warmest regard!

Gabriele Fiorentino


 
 

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