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Concert Pianist Playing For Charity

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

What did you do this summer? Hit the beach? Visit the in-laws? Take the grandkids to Disney World?

Ask Mark Damisch and the 57-year-old Chicago lawyer will tell you he spent five weeks on tour playing piano concerts in Scandinavia and Russia to raise money for worthy causes.

Damisch’s...

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Pianist Brings Promising Students To Holyhead

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Renowned pianist Iwan Llewelyn Jones returns to Holyhead for an afternoon of excellent music.

Iwan and a host of talented players from across Wales will take to stage at the Ucheldre Centre for Pianists Galore! / Y Keyboards Kwl! On Sunday, September 15.

The performers are all Iwan’s...

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Fazil Say’s New Album Out In Stores

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say’s new album featuring “Mesopotamia Symphony no.2” and “Universe Symphony no.3” will go on sale worldwide. The album will be available in stores, iTunes Store and Amazon as well.

The “Mesopotamia Symphony Opus 38” was commissioned by the Istanbul...

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Rare Double Piano Coming Back To Life

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The old Pleyel may soon be playable.

For two years, a rare double-grand piano has been stored in plain sight at the River Music Experience, RME, in Davenport. Originally donated to the Butterworth Center in Moline by the estate of a Bettendorf couple that acquired it many years ago in France,...

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Pianist Looks Forward To North Wales International Music Festival

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Renowned concert pianist Peter Donohoe has hailed the acoustics of St Asaph Cathedral as among the best in the world. Peter has played the best concert venues on the planet and believes the home of the North Wales International Music Festival is a special place to perform.

The Manchester-born...

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Hall & Oates Keyboardist Working On His Own Music

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

When you’re a multi- instrumentalist, opportunities come in many different forms. Such has been the life of Eliot Lewis, who got his start in the ’80s playing with the Average White Band.

“You know, that was awesome,” said Lewis, calling from Seattle. “I never expected to join the...

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Celebrated Jazz Pianist Found Dead

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Croydon’s foremost jazz pianist Richard Madgwick has died, just days before his 69th birthday.

The respected musician’s body was discovered by friends in his home in Orchard Rise, Shirley. He had been complaining of chest pains.

His death has shocked peers Dick Pearce, Don...

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Pianist Claudia Yang Proud To Be Malaysian

Monday, August 26th, 2013

For internationally-acclaimed Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang, patriotism translates music to her ears.

The mother of two believes there are myriad ways to show one’s patriotism to the country.

They include knowing the national anthem; having respect for the flag; following the...

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Blending Music And History

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Music-lovers have been enjoying a mix of naval history and modern music at a new festival held in the shadow of Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory.

The Victorious Festival has returned for the second year at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with Maximo Park, Level 42, Katy B, Charlotte Church,...

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Pianist Noriko Ogawa To Celebrate 150 Years Of Debussy

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The 150th birthday of one of classical music’s most enchanting composers will be marked in Manchester with a joint festival staged by the BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall.

From Friday, January 20, Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa will lead the celebrations of the life of Claude Debussy...

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Top Pianist Opens New Season At Sunderland Pianoforte Society

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Award-winning pianist Ashley Fripp will raise the curtain on Sunderland Pianoforte Society’s new season next month.

Hosting a performance from the musician, who has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, is a befitting start for the group which this year...

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Electronic Music Festival To Be Held On Woodstock Site

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Bethel Woods, the site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival, will host a fresh throng of music lovers next Memorial Day when Mysteryland, the longest-running electronic music festival, takes over the upstate New York area in 2014.

Mysteryland, which began in 1993, has long held events in...

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The best way to learn piano: get enough sleep!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

It’s not all about the drill: Forget endless scales and arpeggios – the best way to become a hotshot on the keyboard is to get a good night’s sleep. Researchers have found that the brain is far better at consolidating new skills when we are fast asleep.

Researchers looked...

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Jazz Pianist Draws From Sinatra To Prince

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Many professional musicians eat, sleep and breathe music. Tony DeSare isn’t exactly one of them.

Don’t be confused, because the pianist/vocalist/composer from Hudson Falls, N.Y., loves what he does. And he’ll be doing it Saturday at the Monroeville Jazz Festival.

Originally...

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RIP Marian McPartland, the queen of jazz

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Marian McPartland, the grande dame of jazz piano who popularized the music on her NPR program Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz for more than 30 years, died Tuesday night at home in Long Island of natural causes, NPR...

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