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Last month Kathy and I drove from the west central coast of Florida up to Maine and back.
We were on a quest to find four things:
The adventure part was easy, the entire trip was one big adventure.
The piano I'm standing next to in the picture (yes, the chubby guy with the subtle Piano World t-shirt is me) was in tough shape, but the crowd in the restaurant was appreciative and fun to play for. In fact they asked us to come back the next night, which we did.
The piano in the church near the Victorian B&B we stayed at was quite a bit nicer to play.
We happily found all of our quests (and then some) on Vinalhaven... pianos, a lighthouse, adventure, friendly people, good food, and cooler weather. And if you like lobster (I love lobster) this island is the place to be. The majority of people on the island make their living lobstering. I never saw so many lobster boats in one place. And it's amazing how they get them all to park in the same direction (local joke).
Our little adventure actually took us about 15 days during which we got to visit friends and piano stores (and friends who own piano stores), relatives, beautiful scenery, lighthouses, more pianos, great local restaurants, and so much more.
It was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable trips either of us could remember ever taking, and it reminded us of how much we miss the Northeast. Although we live in Florida now, we are both transplanted New Englander's. We're seriously considering trying to find a Victorian in Maine or NH (where houses and land are still fairly reasonable).
I posted a few pictures from this fun trip on my Facebook page, they are publicly available, please take a look
Frank and Kathy's Excellent Adventure - Pictures - Please Click for More
Piano Forte Foundation Sept. Events (Chicago, IL area)
Friday, Sept. 7, 12:15 pm
QIN FAN, piano
Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave.
Also broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and www.wfmt.com
Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109
Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau (from Images, Bk. I)
Qin Fan was born in Shanghai, China in 1991 where she began playing the piano at the age of four. She moved to Chicago in 2009 and is currently a scholarship student of Evelyne Brancart at the Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, where her playing has been praised for her sensitive musical feeling and refined technique.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30pm
CONRAD TAO, piano
PianoForte Salon, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825
Tickets and info at www.pianofortefoundation.org or (312) 291-0291
18-year-old pianist/composer Conrad Tao is the recipient of one of only two Avery Fisher Career Grants in 2012 and is a 2012 Gilmore Young Artist. In 2011, Forbes named him one of "30 Under 30: The Youngest Stars in the Music Business," alongside Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Adele, etc. He was the only classical musician on the list, and tied with Justin Bieber as the youngest.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 3:00pm
PIANOFORTE FAMILY SERIES: Russian Ballet Music
PianoForte Salon, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825
$5 per person
Tickets and info at www.pianofortefoundation.org or (312) 291-0291
Beginning in the late 19th century, music in ballet became just as important as the choreography. Svetlana Belsky will discuss Russian ballet music and play selections of Prokofiev and Stravinsky that are transcribed for piano.
Children ages 6-12 and their families are invited to join us for this new series about the piano! Each 45-minute "informance" will include performance and discussion about different topics related to the piano and piano performance. Followed by a milk-and-cookies reception.
As I have mentioned before, Kathy and I volunteer at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, FL. They have great concerts and shows. If you're in the area Check Out The Events at the Palladium We will be working on this Thursday night, August 16.
If you are in the Massachusetts area, be sure to check out the events put on by the wonderful folks at the Frederick's Historical Piano Collection in Ashburnham, MA. Fredericks Events Details And by all means, check out their unique collection of historical pianos.
NOTE: Additional Concert Information can be found here: Concerts, Recitals, Competitions
Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us) Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events
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Do you ever visit our other forums?
What do I mean? Many of our members (and guests) find a specific forum from our list and stay with that one forum.
Now if you are primarily interested in discussing playing the piano with other pianist, you probably do want to mostly visit the Pianist Corner, or the Pianist Corner - Non Classical.
If you are searching for a new piano or curious about your old/current one, you likely want to be visiting the forum called Piano Forum.
Even so, you may find it interesting to pop into the Piano Tuner-Technician's forum, or the Teachers Forum occasionally just to see what is going on.
Or maybe drop in on the Digital Piano Forum to see what the latest keyboards are all about and what people are saying about them.
Did you even know we have an entire section of forums Just For Fun?
That's right, a collection of forums of stuff just for fun.
Than we have the Mechanical Music Forum for discussions about player pianos, nickelodeons, music boxes, and other mechanical musical instruments.
There's even one for Organs including electronic (think B3), theater, and pipe.
And don't forget to check "Active Topics" (see links at top of forums page) This shows you the most active discussions going on right now.
If that's not enough, try our Directory for information about some of the other 1000+ pages of Piano World. You'll even find music related jigsaw puzzles you can do online, and music word searches we created.
So see, there's lots more to explore on Piano World, check it out today.
Threads with things we found interesting, unusual, or just fun!
For the folks in the Adult Beginner Forums (somewhat of a misnomer, as they aren't all necessarily beginners). That's right, our members have created their own online piano recitals, and they have lots of fun doing it.
This one is tough to watch, but it's a fact there are lots of pianos that are beyond saving (or not worth the investment), so they end up like the ones in this video.
No really, they don't
Better late than never. A member who found Piano World, the forums, and its members helpful in his search for the right piano decided it was time to say thank you.
Four Year Late Thank You
Please read his well thought out post, and some of the responses from members.
There is a possible new Colorado Piano Party Forming. We already have some pretty active members who have held their share of forums parties. Looks like someone new would like to step up to the plate. Colorado Piano Forums Party Forming?
What? You don't know what a Piano Forums Party is?
Essentially it's an opportunity for members to meet each other with no pressure. The parties are usually held at a member's home, and everyone brings a little something (pot luck style, or just ask the host). Each member (and/or their guest) takes a turn playing the piano. Nobody judges anybody's playing, it isn't a contest. It's a chance to share a common interest in pianos and piano music.
We really love to have pictures and comments posted after the event.
If you'd like to get some ideas from past Piano Forums Parties (as well as tours, cruises, and more), Check Out This Area On the Forums
The practice is deceptive and could get you banned. There are very few exceptions to this rule, and they must be approved on a case-by-case basis.
If more than one person in your household wants to log onto the forums with their own account, please be sure to contact a moderator or me directly BEFORE they create their account. We track all IP addresses and automatically receive reports when multiple accounts show up against one IP.
If/when we discover you have multiple accounts we may ban both unless we hear from you with a legitimate reason.
Thank you for your cooperation.
I figure it's good to keep these discussions going so we can gather input from multiple sources about what is/isn't working for them (both teachers and students).
I realize there is no substitute for a live one-on-one lesson, but sometimes (like when the teacher you want to study with is 1000 miles away) it isn't practical to take the lessons in person.
I know a few of our well known musicians/teachers (Jeffrey Biegel, Steve Barta, Rob Mullins) have used Skype successfully.
Well things are still a bit slow around here, you can tell it's summer. Why just look at poor Kirby here. He used to be a Saint Bernard, but I left him out in the Florida heat too long, and look at him now.
Fall is just around the corner, and before you know it winter will be here. Well, not here, but up north. Here in Florida we only have two seasons ... Hot and Really, Really Hot.
Soon people will head indoors and rediscover the piano, we will get busier and the newsletters will get longer.
In the meantime if you have anything interesting, funny, informational you'd like to share in the newsletter, please Send it Along to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have to go crank up the AC now before Kirby turns into a gerbil.
If you haven't seen these yet, check out our new series of short clips by concert pianist and owner/host of Living Pianos, Robert Estrin.
Robert has been creating a series of free videos for us in which he shares some interesting insights about piano playing technique.
His enthusiasm is catchy and you just might learn something.
Free Piano Playing Technique Secrets
Additional videos will be coming out periodically throughout the year.
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