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#89828 - 12/08/07 10:02 AM grand obsession news and events--updates
piqué Offline
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hi, everyone!

i thought you might be interested to know that we've just updated the events page for "grand obsession: a piano odyssey."

we have lots of forum members participating in these events, and some of them may be performing (there will be updates on that very soon).

if you go to www.grandobsession.com and click on "news and events" you'll see the latest. it's being updated as plans evolve, so check back regularly.

especially take note that we now have a detailed schedule for the pianothon on piano row on january 12th. this is an expanded version of the piano crawl a bunch of us here created back in 2003 which was a huge success.

i'm hoping that after the pianothon, we might all be able to gather for dinner somewhere and enjoy each other's company more informally. perhaps we can plan it in this thread?

i am really looking forward to meeting so many of you who i have only known thus far online, and reconnecting with old friends. in case you don't know, many of us here at PW have been getting together like this since 2001.

my publicist teases me that i wrote the book just so i could have a lifestyle of attending piano parties.

not a bad plan, if you ask me! ;\)

see you soon!
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#89829 - 12/08/07 10:32 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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This is great, Pique', and I'm so looking forward to this! Thanks for all your careful planning. It should be a great thing for your book and for Piano Row!

And dinner after sounds great. I've been reading a forum called Chowhound that has an active NYC contingent. Visitors inquire about NYC restaurants and group reservations all the time. I've already learned a lot, and I live here!

Chowhound - Manhattan
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#89830 - 12/13/07 08:27 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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I'll definitely be there.

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#89831 - 12/14/07 12:40 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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that's wonderful, pl. i look forward to meeting you at long last. \:\)
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#89832 - 12/17/07 09:51 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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my book has arrived

it is absolutely beautiful and i have sooooooo much practicing to do
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#89833 - 12/18/07 02:46 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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pique,

Can you empty out some private messages or PM me with your email address? My old email address is no more. I need to ask you a quick question.

Thanks,
Derick
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#89834 - 12/18/07 05:58 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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well, guess what, derick? your mailbox is full, too. \:D

you can contact me by using the contact form on my website.

grandobsession.com

while you are there, look at all the pages. i'm pretty sure i sent you notifications to your old email address.
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#89835 - 12/20/07 05:39 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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My copies of GRAND OBSESSION just arrived this afternoon.




Got one for myself and a couple to give as gifts.
Love the book already.

People will be talking about this one.
Can't wait til it's an Oprah pick :-)

Hmmnn, when the movie comes out, Richard Dreyfuss can play me \:\)

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#89836 - 12/20/07 06:26 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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Frank,

Yes, Richard Dreyfuss for sure!

I received the book in the mail yesterday and have a great friend on PWF to thank for that nice surprize - autographed, too!

Thank you dear friend, you know who you are!

I am so very pleased!

Lots of good stuff happens here on PWF!

Happy Holidays to All!

Betty

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#89837 - 12/21/07 09:22 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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Penny-Could you please PM me or send me your email or empty your PM inbox? I have something to tell you about the copies of your book that arrived at Barnes & Noble. Nothing to worry about but you should probably know about it.

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#89838 - 12/21/07 10:10 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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pl,
you can go to my website: grandobsession.com

then click on "contact" and that contact form goes right to my email.

please to tell me what you found and at which store?
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#89839 - 12/22/07 12:04 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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frank,
after the reading in missoula monday night, we went out for a drink with my tech and his wife and had fun deciding who would play us in the movie. he wants tom cruise. \:D
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#89840 - 12/22/07 12:05 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
piqué Offline
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betty, i hope you enjoy it! \:\)
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#89841 - 12/24/07 10:55 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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Just ordered this book today. I read the sample chapters and was definately hooked.

Cheers!

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#89842 - 12/26/07 10:59 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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I received a copy for Christmas. I'm almost done reading it. Just can't put it down!

It's a wonderful read!

Mary
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#89843 - 12/26/07 11:13 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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I'm positively captivated with reading your book, pique! I couldn't "wait" to get home tonight, get settled for the evening and continue the second evening of my reading adventure.

I need to slow down though as I'm more than half way thru and don't want it to end too quickly! I guess I'll take a break from the book and PW and go play my piano! ;\)

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#89844 - 12/26/07 11:36 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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hey, as of today, the book is "in stock" at amazon. which means it is now possible to post a five star review. (sorry, other star ratings won't post there. ;\) )

and we're expecting a big BIG review in a major outlet on sunday. i can't say where or i'll jinx it. ;\)

stay tuned.

but truly, in the meantime, feel free to post your review at amazon.

(frank has a button to the right side of this page)
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#89845 - 12/27/07 08:45 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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tickler & terrytunes,

This is what I've been trying to tell people.

Grand Obsession isn't a book of dry facts about pianos, it's a real story with real characters (many of whom we are familiar with) and an intriguing plot.

Sure you will learn a lot about the piano industry, and what makes one piano sound and feel different from another. But you will also get caught up in the adventure, and that's what makes it so much fun to read.

Perri put her heart and soul (and a lot of work) into this book, and it shows.

Member # 138, we're very proud of you \:D
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#89846 - 12/27/07 10:06 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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thanks, frank! \:o
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#89847 - 12/27/07 10:14 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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we've added more details to the pianothon and reading on the website. here they are:

New York City

Friday, January 11, 2008, 7 pm, Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center, 1972 Broadway at West 66th St. (212) 595-6859. Perri will read, take questions, and then sign books while Gabor Fuchs, Mikhail Pais, and Lex Korten perform on a grand piano provided by Beethoven Pianos. Pais, 17, is an award-winning young classical pianist from Russia. Lex Korten, 14, is a jazz phenomenon who has lately been holding audiences spellbound in clubs around Manhattan.

[please note that lex is the son of pw member grotriman]

Saturday, January 12, 2008, 1:30-6:30 pm, the inaugural Piano Row “Pianothon,” celebrating the inception of the new Piano Row Association. West 58th Street between Broadway and Seventh Ave. Beethoven Pianos, Klavierhaus, Bechstein Piano Centre, and Faust Harrison Pianos host readings, a technical demonstration, performances, and a roving piano party on the only block devoted to piano showrooms in New York. You will have the opportunity to play the pianos at the end of each presentation, and GRAND OBSESSION will be available for sale and signing at each of the showrooms.

PIANOTHON SCHEDULE

1:30 pm Beethoven Pianos, 232 West 58th St. Perri reads from GRAND OBSESSION, and Marc Wienert, chief of piano technology at the Manhattan School of Music, demonstrates his “Schubert concert tuning” on a Grotrian Cabinet grand (see Chapters 8, 12, 20, and 28), discusses tuning styles and “stretch characteristic,” and takes questions. Listeners will experience the sound that ignited Perri’s quest.

3 pm Klavierhaus, 211 West 58th St. Perri reads, and pianists Joseph Kubera and Mike “Phlebas” Olsen reprise their performances in GRAND OBSESSION on a gold Art case Pleyel and a new Italian make, a Fazioli. (See Chapter 15.) Their performances will demonstrate the broad range of distinctive voices possible in pianos, and their suitability for different types of music. Questions and discussion to follow.

[please note that joe is pw's own realplayer, a very well-known contemporary music pianist with an international reputation, and mike olsen is pw's own phlebas, famed denizen of the pianist's corner. \:\) ]

4 pm Bechstein Piano Centre, 207 West 58th St. Piano performances on a Bechstein C. Pianists TBA.

5 pm Faust Harrison Pianos, 205 West 58th St. Perri reads, and store co-owner and composer Michael Harrison reprises his performance in GRAND OBSESSION of his abridged version of Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation (See Chapter 22) on a Bluthner concert grand. Revelation was named a top classical recording of 2007 by The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Michael and musicologist Stuart Isacoff will take questions about the art and science of this extraordinary listening experience. CDs available.

if you have any questions about the program--or suggestions--feel free to comment here.

also, it would be great to get a head count for who would like to get together for dinner afterward.

(psst, frank. wanna get that last excerpt ready for posting soon?)
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#89848 - 12/27/07 04:47 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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Originally posted by piqué:
hey, as of today, the book is "in stock" at amazon. which means it is now possible to post a five star review. (sorry, other star ratings won't post there. ;\) )

and we're expecting a big BIG review in a major outlet on sunday. i can't say where or i'll jinx it. ;\)

stay tuned.

but truly, in the meantime, feel free to post your review at amazon.

(frank has a button to the right side of this page) [/b]
I see there are two 5 star reviews showing so far. Submitted mine this afternoon but it hasn't gone live yet.

Come on folks, if you've read the book, post a nice review so we can push it up in the rankings.

If you haven't read it ... What are you waiting for? \:\)

There's a link to the book on Amazon in the right column of the forums, and another link to read excerpts from a few chapters (with another excerpt coming soon).
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#89849 - 12/28/07 09:57 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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I received the book a week ago and this is what I wrote to Pique:

"Message: Perri, I just finished your book and I wanted to share with you my appreciation.

Until now, no one has been able to define what I've been feeling about the "vibration" or "sound". Not only did you translate for me the thoughts and feelings I've had about the piano, but you reached in and "warranted" all
the second guessing I had done in thinking I was so different in what I was hearing.

I have a step son who plays and he hears nothing except his music.

I told him I wanted to be like that, but I'm not. I hear "through" the sound and listen to the vibrations. I can't help it, I wished I could, but thanks to you, my heart is content in knowing the reasons for my obession with vibration.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing your book. I will read it again and again. I cried through most of it as you described "my"
emotions. I haven't gone to the extent of finding the answers but am so glad you did.

I wanted to rescue you from the techs that treated you so badly and felt myself getting so angry because of their ignorance.

I feel like visiting Beethoven Pianos. I don't
travel much at all, but maybe one day.

I'm joining pianoworld today as libby girl if only to voice my sincerest appreciation for your ability to find "the answers" that many of us have.

:3hearts:

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#89850 - 12/28/07 12:43 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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libby,

it is humbling to read your words and realize there are so many of us out there who resonate to these experiences.

thank you for reading, and for writing.
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#89851 - 12/28/07 01:10 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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Pique - I just ordered my book through Amazon...and it is on the way. I can hardly wait to get it.

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#89852 - 12/29/07 12:26 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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I'm up for dinner after the Pianothon.

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#89853 - 12/29/07 01:37 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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see next post....
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#89854 - 12/29/07 01:38 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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Originally posted by pianoloverus:
I'm up for dinner after the Pianothon. [/b]
great! who else is in?
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#89855 - 12/29/07 04:52 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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At this point I am planning on joining the PianoThon.

If I do, I'll join you for dinner.

I see the book is up to 6 reviews on Amazon.com now, all 5 star, including one by someone who isn't even into piano :-)
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#89856 - 12/30/07 01:24 AM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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pique, I'm enjoying reading the book and hearing about familiar characters. It's fun. I'm just in the middle so far and it did arrive as a Christmas present. So I'll get back to reading it in a moment.
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#89857 - 12/31/07 02:17 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates
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got my book in the mail today! \:\)

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