PianoWorks in the Community: Bennett Attends Japan Relief Concert

Last week, PianoWorks’ own Sam Bennett attended the Japan Relief Concert at Spivey Hall. Here is his reaction to the concert.

Photos by Alexei Kuznetsoff.

Last Sunday, March 27th, I attended an extraordinary concert at Spivey Hall.  The concert was conceived less than 10 days prior, and so many worked tirelessly to arrange and promote this benefit concert on such short notice.  PianoWorks graciously provided the concert instrument, a Bosendorfer model 280, to be used both in support of Hilary’s violin and in Valentina’s solo work.  The entire event came together fabulously, and over $17,000 was raised to benefit the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund of Direct Relief International.  They were originally supposed to be on tour in Japan when it was canceled due to the tragedy there. A Japanese representative was present to thank the audience and receive personal messages of prayer and hope for the people of Japan.

Photo courtesy of Alexei Kuznetsoff

My first instrument was the violin, and I was looking forward to seeing Hilary Hahn perform again, but for me a first time at Spivey Hall and especially with Valentina.  She was outstanding.  My favorite was a piece new to me by Fritz Kreisler.  Her superior technique coaxes the most from her instrument and Valentina gently supported her on the Bosendorfer.  It speaks to the quality of their shared performance that the piano almost disappeared, only refocusing attention to Hilary.

Valentina’s first solo was Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and the familiar piece gave way to my own reverie.  I silently cheered for Spivey’s audience to allow this piece to be played so intimately.  However, I was beginning to fear if the piano would ever come to life, to be tested for its other qualities.  Thankfully, I was next treated to a roaring rendition of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu.  Such a performance; first came the appreciation of a finer aspects and then came the “wow!”  The night continued on to much applause.

Photo courtesy of Alexei Kuznetsoff

The pair are next headed to Europe where I recommend any who can to set aside time for this concert.  For me, it is a memory that will last.  If you would like to continue your support for relief efforts in Japan, go here.

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PianoWorks Presents: Whisperings in Concert

Whisperings will be in concert on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Whisperings will feature David Nevue, Joe Bongiorno and Jeff Smith performing solo pieces full of energy, humor, intimacy and storytelling.

Tickets and information:

$20 – adults

$10 – students

Tickets are available at PianoWorks or you may buy them online, or call the 24/7 Brown Paper Tickets Hotline at 1-800-838-3006 to order by phone.

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PianoWorks in the Community: Japan Relief Concert

As many organizations are raising money for the victims of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, PianoWorks is doing their part. PianoWorks is co-sponsoring, as well as providing the piano for, the Japan Relief Concert on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM at Spivey Hall on Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. The concert will feature violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa. Tickets are $75 with all proceeds benefitting Direct Relief International’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund.  Don Bennett, owner of PianoWorks is happy to provide the piano for the concert.

“Valentina is such a delight, and she is truly spectacular,” says Bennett. “We’re happy to help her out any time she needs our assistance.”

Lisitsa and Hahn’s goal is to bring the music community together to raise funds. 

“Playing fundraising concerts is the very least we could do to help,” says Lisitsa. “We don’t have any particular goal in mind, we are just trying to make it easier for people to come together and help as a community.”

The piano provided for the concert by PianoWorks is a Bosendorfer model 280 Concert Grand.

Hahn and Lisitsa will be performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata in F major, plus additional works for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Prokofiev and other composers.

Click here for tickets to Spivey Hall.

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PianoWorks Presents: Christopher Sarzynski in Concert

Christopher Sarzynski

Christopher Sarzynski

Sunday, April 10
3:00 p.m.

This is a FREE concert

 

 

 

 

PianoWorks presents Christopher Sarzynski in concert on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Sarzynski will be preforming a concert in honor of the recent 200th birthday of Fryderyk Chopin. Sarzynski will also perform works by Claude Debussy and Sergei Rachmaninov.

Sarzynski began his music studies at the age of eight and made his concert debut at 13. At 15 he made his orchestral debut playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. In the United States, Sarzynski has studied under John Adams, Marti Turner, Jose Ramos Santana, Imogene Cooper and Betty Nolting. In 2008, he was the winner of the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholarship. The winnings included three weeks at the Sommeracademie Mozarteum, Salzburg studying with Andrzej Jasinski, Robert Levin, Rolf Plagge and Sergej Dorensky. In addition, Sarzynski has performed in collaboration with other musicians, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The April program will include music by Fryderyk Chopin as well as Clude Debussy and Sergei Rachmaninov. The Sonata by Rachmaninov, orginally written in 1913, caused much angst for the composer, and in 1931, he recompsed the work.  Sarzynski will be performing a version that combines both the orgional and the revisded works.

 

Program
Ondine…..Claude Debussy
Etudes…..Fryderyk Chopin
Op. 10, #12
Op. 25, #6
Op. 10, #1
Ballade, Op. 52…..Fryderyk Chopin
Scherzo, Op. 20…..Fryderyk Chopin
Mazurkas…..Fryderyk Chopin
Op. 24, #1, 2, 4
Sonata, Op. 36…..Sergei Rachmaninov (1913/1931)

 

For a map, directions of other information visit the PianoWorks website or call (770) 623-0683.

 

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PianoWorks Piano Pick of the Month: Estonia Studio Grand

Once a month, PianoWorks will be choosing a piano from the showroom floor or from our very own restoration shop in the basement. We will be sharing information and photos of the piano, as well as answer any questions you may have about the piano.

As a new arrival to PianoWorks, this Estonia Studio Grand has made quite an entrance. Made in 2000, this Model 168 grand made of polished Bubinga and is 5’6″ long.

This piano has been lightly used over the years and comes with the original cover, key and warranty documents. Though the documents are no longer valid, it shows the piano was well taken care of and is in great shape.

This piano has a Renner action and has a great European sound. It doesn’t sound like most pianos, but has a nice clean sound. It’s a great purchase for anyone looking for a great instrument with a unique great look. In fact, this great look is so unique that there are less than 50 pianos like this one ever made.

But this old style hand built piano comes at a price. You can be the owner of the Bubinga Estonia Studio Grand for $14,285. For more info and a few more pictures check out our website.

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