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#921079 - 03/27/05 10:52 AM Washington DC Area Piano Party
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It's been nearly a year and a half since the last one. Any interest out there?
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#921080 - 03/27/05 10:56 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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#921081 - 03/27/05 11:50 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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plays,

We'll have to take turns bumping this one until we get some more takers. The way I see it is that we need to have at least three to call it a party.
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#921082 - 03/27/05 01:56 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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There are quite a few people in this area, so getting others to attend shouldn't be too big a problem. Just don't decide to have one in May! (all my weekends are booked)
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#921083 - 03/27/05 04:19 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I'm thinking ahead to this summer. May won't work very well for me either, since I'll be in the process of moving into the metro area, and I suspect April is too soon to plan anything.
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#921084 - 03/28/05 04:54 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I would love to go, but if it is after June 10, I wont be able too \:\( IT will be a 4 hour drive for me... but I would love to. Keep me posted.
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#921085 - 03/28/05 05:37 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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We're supposed to visit the Maryland area sometime this summer. If the visit coincides with the party date count me in. Gosh, I would be so good to finally meet some of my favorite people.
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#921086 - 03/28/05 05:55 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Sure, I missed the last one!
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#921087 - 03/28/05 06:40 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I'd vote for June 18-19 - I have a meeting in DC several times a year, and in June it is June 20. I could be persuaded to travel a day or two early for an event. Would love a chance to meet other PW folks.

Steve

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#921088 - 03/28/05 06:56 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Looks like we have a good chance of exceeding three.
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#921089 - 03/29/05 04:58 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I just saw this posting. Please let me know what you plan.

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#921090 - 03/29/05 07:52 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Hi, Ed:

I was at the last party and would enjoy seeing you again! A Saturday or Sunday would work best for me.

Cathy Harl and Steve Cohen might also want to attend - and perhaps Bernard would make the trek down from NY again.

Please keep me informed of any plans for this get-together.

Thanks . . . Linda in PA (without her "Pa" this time \:\( )

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#921091 - 03/29/05 08:42 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Keep me posted. If I'm available, I'd love to go and listen to everyone else play, and I promise that no one will have to be subjected to hearing me play.
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#921092 - 03/29/05 10:27 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Linda,

Hope you can join us again. Steve has responded in the other thread; haven't seen anything from Cathy, yet, or Bernard.

markb,

I think we would all appreciate hearing you play, as well. Hope you can come.
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#921093 - 03/29/05 01:41 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Thanks, ed. That gives me a few months to try to learn a song.
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#921094 - 03/29/05 02:54 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Me, too.
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#921095 - 03/30/05 01:20 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Ed,

Count me in. I would enjoy meeting other forum members and hearing them play. Weekends work best for me anytime before mid-June. Ed, thanks for offering to host.

JP
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#921096 - 03/30/05 07:45 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Now, Ed, you know I'll be there. Planning on swinging by this weekend if you're around. I haven't done much with Stolen Moments, but maybe you could give me a few pointers on the Copland. I just started that and my lesson is Tuesday, lol. Number 1 is harder than it looks. Lots of time changes...like every other measure...
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#921097 - 03/31/05 02:30 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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There are three threads about this party running concurrently, one each in the Piano Forum, the Adult Beginner's Forum, and the Tours, Parties, etc. Forum. Anyone interested in the party should check all three periodically.

Lots of folks are interested and we should start narrowing down dates so people can start making plans. June is good for several reasons. It's far enough out for folks to plan especially if any travel will be involved, the weather is usually good, school is out, May is a bad month for plays88skeys...

But if its later than mid-June or so, JPM and neciebuggs won't be able to attend since they are each moving to far away places (far away from Wash. DC that is).

So I suggest either the first or second weekend in June. That means June 4/5 or 11/12.

Location TBD.

What say all?
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#921098 - 03/31/05 10:11 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I'd be interested in checking it out as well.
Early June would be a good time for me!

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#921099 - 03/31/05 05:31 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Great!

It looks like the plan is starting to form in the Piano Forum thread, so go there, NOW!
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#921100 - 05/18/05 09:15 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Hey I'm in Metro DC too (MD Subarbs). Did we ever decide on a place/time? I had a hard time figuring out which thread to follow.

BTW, I have only been playing for less than a year
and haven't memorized anything much more difficult than pieces from the Anna Magdelena notebook, so I don't want to play in front of people just yet. I would still like to meet people though and have a chance to talk about experiences learning piano.

~omnisis

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#921101 - 05/18/05 10:28 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Dear Ed,

I would love to come. It'll be good to see Cathy Harl's shop -- she introduced me to the big B in 2001. I am available any weekend in June or July.

Regards,

Peter
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#921102 - 05/23/05 01:03 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Any updates?
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#921103 - 05/31/05 05:31 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Sorry y'all, but I have to decline this time around. The 11th is the first day of our Outer Banks vacation. I thought it started the following week...shows how focused I am on piano parties instead of the beach. \:\(
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#921104 - 06/04/05 05:15 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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If I could interest any of you in an official PW name tag, I would be willing to print them out over the weekend. I can laminate them at work on Monday, add some attrative clips and mail them to Cathy's shop Mon/Tues in time for your gathering 6/11.

Send me a PM an I'll get started. Tag would include:

Your avatar (if you have one)
PW emblem
Your first name (last name if you so desire)
State of residence

I wish I lived closer as I would love to join all of you. Don't forget to bring a camera!!

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#921105 - 06/07/05 03:44 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Terry,

You make the best name tags !

Should I mention tablecloths...???

How have you been?

Larry
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#921106 - 06/07/05 07:23 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Larry...

Thank you! \:D I've been meaning to make an appt for my piano! I believe it could use a check-up!! I'll drop you an email today.

I realized this morning why I'm having problems receiving a response from this group. I'm sure they are all putting in the extra time at the piano practicing for Saturday's event!

Any members planning to attend the gathering at Cathy Harl's piano store on Saturday, please check your pm's and email. I need a first name to place on your tags.

Actually, after a fairly good response this morning there are only a couple of stragglers!


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#921107 - 06/07/05 12:58 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Here is the line-up just prior to laminating!



What a great looking group, huh!!!? \:D

If your name is missing and you plan to attend, please forward a PM.

I'll send them through priority mail on Wednes morning.

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#921108 - 06/07/05 01:27 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Thanks, Terry!
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#921109 - 06/07/05 06:21 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Terry, they look great!
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#921110 - 06/07/05 06:27 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Terry,

Thanks for the nice looking name tags.

Everyone,

Has it been decided if we are going to bring something or how much to contribute.

Peggy

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#921111 - 06/07/05 06:49 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Great job Terry, thanks!

Peggy, I think you can bring the libation of your choice and we're going to chip in for the food, but I'm not sure how much the contributions should be. I guess we'll figure it out...

As far as practicing, I won't need to since I'll just be turning pages with one hand and sipping wine with the other ;\)
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#921112 - 06/07/05 07:29 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Thanks, everyone! It was fairly hot weather up this way today (finally) so I had the excuse to remove myself from doing yardwork and head inside to work on name tags. ;\)


Of course, you all must realize that these name tags come with one stipulation! And that is, a picture of the whole group exhibiting your spiffy looking tags!! :p

Have Fun!!

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#921113 - 06/09/05 03:43 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Would 7:00 or 7:30 be too late to arrive? I'm hoping to get there earlier, but late-breaking plans may make me tardy.

Also, what's the dress code?
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#921114 - 06/09/05 08:21 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Just don't come naked.
We'll probably be here til 10-ish.
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#921115 - 06/09/05 08:36 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Catlady:
Just don't come naked.
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I'm glad you told me! I always like to make a grand entrance. I'm sure I can find some clothes around here somewhere...
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#921116 - 06/09/05 11:47 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Terry[/b] - the name tags look great!!!! Thanks for the effort. Can we reimburse you for your time and materials?

markb[/b] - no matter how late you come, no matter what your attire (or lack thereof ? ? ? ), you still have to play. Remember, we had an agreement!

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#921117 - 06/09/05 12:22 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Linda in PA:
markb[/b] - no matter how late you come, no matter what your attire (or lack thereof ? ? ? ), you still have to play. Remember, we had an agreement! [/b]
Sure, I remember that we agreed that you'll play, and I'll applaud enthusiastically. I intend to follow through on my end.
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#921118 - 06/09/05 12:32 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Now, Mark, I know it will be tempting, but if you applaud too enthusiastically, you might hurt your hands. Then you'd have to play injured . . . but play you will!!!!! And when you're finished, I'll buy you that drink we discussed. ;\)

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#921119 - 06/09/05 12:48 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by Linda in PA:
Now, Mark, I know it will be tempting, but if you applaud too enthusiastically, you might hurt your hands. [/b]
Don't worry, I'll wear gloves to soften the impact. I also have those inflatable tubes you bang together for noisemakers, and I have the big foam #1 finger imprinted with "Linda in PA" that I'll wave wildly. And, of course, the obligatory cigarette lighter.
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#921120 - 06/09/05 03:46 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Linda in PA:
Terry[/b] - the name tags look great!!!! Thanks for the effort. Can we reimburse you for your time and materials?


Linda... 'twas a pleasure to put the tags together for all of you!

About a year ago, the company I work for was updating their badge system and discarding the older style badges; which is what I am using for the PW name tags.

I have offered several times to make name tags for other gatherings but never receive much of a response.

Only request I had was for a group photo with everyone wearing their name tag!

Cathy should receive them by tomorrow's mail. Hopefully she'll let me know. ;\)

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#921121 - 06/09/05 07:06 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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To all in the DC area... Have a great time!!! PW parties are the best!

And don't forget to post pictures!!!(lots of 'em! \:D )
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#921122 - 06/09/05 07:13 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Always happy to see people getting together for PW parties.

Have fun, play lots of music, and yes by all means ... we want pictures!

Best,

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#921123 - 06/09/05 08:03 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Late-breaking news...I'm coming! I posted in the forum, but I forgot this one was here. I'll read back through this thread to get any additional info. But my Saturday plans were cancelled this afternoon, so I'll be there. \:\)
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#921124 - 06/11/05 09:28 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Terry --
The name tags have arrived!!!
They're great -- thank you so much!

All the best,
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#921125 - 06/11/05 10:30 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I guess I'll show up as "anonymous". ;\)
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#921126 - 06/11/05 12:57 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Oops why didn't I see this until now. Oh well, too late for me to switch up my plans. Maybe next time.
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#921127 - 06/11/05 06:30 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Hey! Where are the pics and commentary?

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#921128 - 06/12/05 07:02 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Geez, kathy, you wanted a real-time, play-by-play account? We were still partying when you posted!

Anyway, I, for one, had a great time. Everyone was so friendly, and the food was delicious. I got to play on some fantastic pianos. Even better, I heard other attendees play beautifully on them. Very inspiring and humbling. (Wow, do *I* have a long way to go!) I accidentally spilled a whole cup of Sprite on one of the pianos, but I'm hoping Cathy doesn't find out.

Thanks again to Terrytunes for the neato nametags. And, of course, a big thank you to Cathy. Apart from online discussions, I didn't know anyone, but Cathy was a warm and gracious host and made me feel at home immediately. And I also feel deeply honored that among all of those wonderful pianos, Cathy has reserved a special one just for me. It's in a separate room, out of view from the public, so that it doesn't get damaged by other customers.

Plenty of pictures were taken--I just hope I'm not in any that get posted.
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#921129 - 06/12/05 08:22 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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LOL Mark!

Yeah, I definitely had a great time. I'm glad I got the opportunity to go. Since the piano I bought is still there, I got a chance to play it some more, and had the pleasure of hearing I. Bruton play a piece on it. Sounded lovely!

And yes, definitely lots of pictures taken!
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#921130 - 06/12/05 08:57 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Hello everyone,

I had a fantastic time, I am glad I went. Thanks Cathy for hosting, what an awsome place. I saw the most magnificent piano, I think it was an AF in Walnut, it was on the row with klavierspielerin's piano, I couldn't keep my eyes off of it. It was definitely nice to put names to faces and talk to different folks about their musical experiences. Thanks for sharing.

Linda, Thanks for insisting that I play something for you it definitely was a morale booster.

Peggy

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#921131 - 06/12/05 12:53 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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 Quote:
Originally posted by klavierspielerin:
Since the piano I bought is still there, I got a chance to play it some more, and had the pleasure of hearing I. Bruton play a piece on it. [/b]
Hey klavier, if you get the piano home and it smells like lemon lime and the keys are sticky--I don't know anything about that.
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#921132 - 06/12/05 01:09 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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hey mark... No one has mentioned who took all the pics from your gathering but I'm looking forward to updating the avatar image I have of you!!

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#921133 - 06/12/05 01:44 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by markb:
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Originally posted by klavierspielerin:
Since the piano I bought is still there, I got a chance to play it some more, and had the pleasure of hearing I. Bruton play a piece on it. [/b]
Hey klavier, if you get the piano home and it smells like lemon lime and the keys are sticky--I don't know anything about that. [/b]
LMAO! Fingerprints would be very easy to lift from a sticky mess like that. \:D

I was joking all evening that was going to show up to the party and stand in front of my piano with a big stick to shoo people away. ;\)
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#921134 - 06/12/05 04:43 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Funny, I just checked in to look at PICTURES!!!

Geez, it's been 24 hours already! \:D
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#921135 - 06/12/05 04:47 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by BeeLady:
Funny, I just checked in to look at PICTURES!!!

Geez, it's been 24 hours already! \:D [/b]
Patience!!!!!! (patients????)

I'm working at the hospital all day/night/morning. I'll post pictures once I've had a long nap tomorrow afternoon, or maybe Tuesday, or maybe...
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#921136 - 06/12/05 09:16 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Definitely a fantastic piano party.


The Credits:[/b]

Many thanks to Cathy (along with "Mom") for being such a gracious hostess and for providing us with so many beautiful pianos on which to play (more about that, later). Also, thanks to those who helped Cath prep the pianos to perfection. Additional kudos to Ed (for instigating the event), to Carol (for dedication and expertise at the grill), to Terry for the great name tags (I saved mine for re-use at the Westchester, NY party on the 26th) and to my fellow party-goers. It was great to meet all of you!

The Pianos:[/b]

Of the five 9-ft. concert Bechsteins with which Cathy started, only 3 remain - but I doubt they will be there very long. While most of us were busy eating, a few of our very talented forum members played the Bechsteins - giving us a taste of the riches that these pianos are capable of producing.

After the truly gifted had a chance to play these pianos, markb and I took a turn. We quickly realized that a pianist needed to have some chops to be able to drive one of these babies. So, we asked the question: Do two "AB"ers = one competent pianist? The only way to find out was to perform a duet. We selected a piece from one of markb's books and quickly learned that Linda in PA needs to spend more time on hear sightreading skills. \:o We had fun playing together, but I don't think we did justice to these black beauties.

Aside from the "big boys," Cathy has a number of fabulous smaller grands. Two, in particular, caught my attention. One is a Grotrian in a matte wood (walnut?) finish and the other (my personal favorite) is an August Förster 190 in polished flame mahogany. Even though I'm a polished ebony kind of gal, I'd be pleased to own either of these pianos. They are both well balanced, tonally, across the length of the keyboard and they are both easy to play (which this beginner appreciates!). Their actions are neither too "stiff" nor are they so light that you get that feeling of the keys getting away from you. They are simply very comfortable, personable pianos. The tone of the Förster appealed to my ear a bit more than the Grotrian (just an individual preference). It struk me as a very pure, but full-bodied sound. I think this is the piano to which Pegg made reference, above. Someone else described it as "a little bit of heaven." Well, if this is what heaven is like, I no longer fear death (not that I'm anxious to experience it!)

It was also a treat to hear I.Bruton and klavierspielerin (klav) play klav's new AF. It's a fine piano and I wish klav many happy years at the keyboard!

A Few Personal Notes:[/b]

Spin Doctor: I'd like to try those Copeland blues pieces that you performed - thanks for playing them for me. When you have a chance to share the mp3s, I'd be most grateful.

Pegg: I'm really glad that you didn't leave without playing. You did a nice job with the Scarlatti and I found it helpful to hear your interpretation of a piece that I, too, recently played. Thanks!

Clif and markb: All of the members of the ABF should be proud of you! You guys are playing your pieces with enthusiasm - and performing them as well as anyone could!!! Congrats to both of you - I hope you are pleased with the results of your efforts to date.

markb and I.Bruton: I enjoyed our discussion of jazz scales and modes. Thanks for the information. I think those of you who play jazz as well as classical have a big advantage in the theory department. Thanks to the two of you - and the blues inspiration from Spin Doctor - I think I'll do some extra-curricular exploration this summer.

Emanuel Ravelli: Was that a Brahms piece you played toward the end? All I can say is All of the pieces that you played were stunning. I appreciate all of the effort that you put into preparing the music that you shared with us. It was truly special. My humble thanks.

Jim Lobs: I overhead a snipet of conversation in which you mentioned Summer Keys. You left before I had the chance to engage you in a follow-up conversation about that program. Wanted to let you know that Bernard attended Summer Keys - a few times, I believe. If you haven't already done so, you might want to swap stories about your expeience with Bernard.

fmelliot: It was nice chatting with you and learning of your connection to PA. Please keep me posted if you should ever make your way back to the Philly area.

Cathy: You're the best! All of my good wishes for success and happiness. :3hearts:

Thanks, Everyone!!![/b] . . . Linda

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#921137 - 06/13/05 05:19 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I believe that I speak for everyone on the forum when I say...

WHERE THE HECK ARE THE PICTURES?

I think there's something in the rules about having to post photos in a timely manner. This is entirely unacceptable.
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#921138 - 06/13/05 06:00 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Don't have time to post a huge reply here. I just wanted to say I had a great time at the party and send special thanks out to some people...

KLAVIERSPIELERIN
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Thanks so much for playing the Satie Gymnopedia for me and that Sibelius piece (what was the name of it again?). Your piano rocks BTW!

LINDA IN PA
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If "Linda in PA" ever tells anynone she can't play again don't believe her! She is way too modest about her ability. If I could have 1/2 the technique she has in a year I'd be completely satisfied with myself.

Emanuel Ravelli
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I liked the Debussy piece you played and thought it was my favorite until you played the Brahm's piece (don't remember the name). Absolutely excellent playing, what can I say except you must be very proud of your pianistic accomplishments.

Spindoctor
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Playing like Bill Evan's Ghost, spindoctor keep the party hoping into the night. Markb and I were lucky enough to get a few tips from him about how to go about aquiring good jazz techinque.

Thanks again to Ed, Carol and of course Cathy for putting the whole show together. I was really glad I got to come and be inspired by all of you.


~pianocliff

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#921139 - 06/13/05 06:15 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by Terrytunes:
hey mark... No one has mentioned who took all the pics from your gathering but I'm looking forward to updating the avatar image I have of you!!

\:D [/b]
I'm not in any of the pictures. You may not believe this, but my evil twin brother, who does not play the piano, tied me up while I was getting ready for the party, and he went instead of me. So, the guy in the pictures with the markb nametag, who said he was markb, was actually marcb, and the reason he/I sounded so bad at the piano is because he's never played before.

Yes, that's exactly what happened. I'll try to make the next party.
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#921140 - 06/13/05 07:51 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by pianocliff:
Don't have time to post a huge reply here. I just wanted to say I had a great time at the party and send special thanks out to some people...

KLAVIERSPIELERIN
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Thanks so much for playing the Satie Gymnopedia for me and that Sibelius piece (what was the name of it again?). Your piano rocks BTW!


~pianocliff [/b]
You're very welcome! As I said, I'm a big fan of that piece as well. And I'm not sure what that Sibelius piece was. It was in one of Cathy's books. I've never played it before, or heard it before! I guess I should have paid attention! \:D
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#921141 - 06/13/05 07:58 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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It was indeed a great time! The food, the friends, everything was perfect. We heard some amazing performances that night and Emanuel did a performance of The Sunken Cathedral that really should be recorded. It was truly amazing...

Linda, I'll get those Copland recordings to you probably by this weekend.

Markb, the book I was discussing with you is called "Jazz Keyboard Harmony" by Phil DeGreg. Here is a link.
Link for book

Thanks to Cathy for hosting and Ed for coordinating and motivating! We could not have done it without you.
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#921142 - 06/13/05 08:00 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Klavier, do you have the photos?

Markb, do you have the photos?

Pianocliff? Linda? Ed? Pegg? Cathy?

Who has the photos?
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#921143 - 06/13/05 08:06 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Spin Doctor, do you have the photos?
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#921144 - 06/13/05 08:07 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Photos? We don't need no stinking photos!

If you desperately need images, then next time you'll attend. What goes on at a piano party should remain secret, known only to those who attend. We wouldn't want everyone else to know how Cathy plied us with lemon liqueur from Italy, how I was too drunk to remember how I got home, and how I woke up the next day with an invoice in my hands from Harl Pianos indicating that I purchased one of those 9' Bechstein's--delivery scheduled for Wednesday.
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#921145 - 06/13/05 08:09 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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No, I don't have the photos...I forgot to charge my camera before coming

I believe Catlady and Ed have them.

Hey Mark, can I play on your new piano?
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#921146 - 06/13/05 08:11 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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*shoves markb out of the way*

Whoever was able to hold the camera steady after several glasses of wine is the lucky one who will post the pictures.
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#921147 - 06/13/05 08:13 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by Spin Doctor:
Hey Mark, can I play on your new piano? [/b]
Sure! Everyone over to my house for the next DC piano party! :rolleyes:
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#921148 - 06/13/05 08:17 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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What happens at Harl's stays at Harl's.

Maybe you all should have been a little suspicious at how willing Cathy was to host this shindig. She is a sharp business woman.

But does she have the photos?
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#921149 - 06/13/05 09:23 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Maybe.
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#921150 - 06/13/05 12:11 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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My first piano party....

What a terrific time. I spent most of my time sitting and talking with pianocliff, klavierspielerin (and Mom!), markb (or his evil twin, I couldn't tell them apart), and Linda in PA (who plays quite well, uh hum, for a beginner who I would have guessed has many years of experience!).

Emanual Raveli:
We didn't actually get to meet, but your playing was very well done! I listened very intently and let me tell you, you have quite a talent for correct interpretation of classical/romantic music! Highly impressive!

To Cathy:
You were so gracious to host this party, and as we say in the south....you're as sweet as iced tea! I'm sorry I didn't get back to the store on Sunday, but the wife and kid had other plans (basically a full day of riding to and fro on the metro).

To Sally:
It was so nice talking with you. You have such a wealth of knowledge that I could have listened forever! BTW, that 6'4" model may come home with me one day (unless I try out a 7 footer). If you're in Raleigh ('cause I'm gonna put a fire under Michael Hannah's butt) then look me up.

To Kim:
What a majestic instrument you have been given. It was an honor to play for you and the others on such a fine instrument. That piano will be esp. good for the Romantics. You're a wonderful player and I can't wait to hear you again!

To markb:
Next time...I would have enjoyed talking with you and Linda longer. Maybe next time!


Let me know when the next party is!
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#921151 - 06/13/05 12:16 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I. Bruton, do you have the photos?
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#921152 - 06/13/05 12:23 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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sorry...that information is classified!
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#921153 - 06/13/05 12:43 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Wow, how fun, wish I could have been there! I can't wait to see the photos!

\:D \:D \:D

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#921154 - 06/13/05 01:07 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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If you're really looking forward to seeing the photos, you'll be blown away by the video!
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#921155 - 06/13/05 01:42 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I think the video is slated for limited syndication markb, something about decency laws being stricter in other states....

~pianocliff

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#921156 - 06/13/05 01:59 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Ermo,

I saw a couple of cameras floating around but I don't know if the cameras remembered they took the pictures. Maybe you will see something soon.

Peggy

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#921157 - 06/13/05 02:17 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Yeah!

Finally, some party reports! Do you know how much all of us wanted to be there with you? And now we need to live vicariously through snips and pics!

We wanna see who you are, where you were, what you played, who did what and with whom and see more of the pianos!!!

Hey...we shared out New England outings with you.

;-)

Next year...maybe.

Roberta
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#921158 - 06/13/05 04:52 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Perhaps there was a courtroom sketch artist in attendance????? :rolleyes:

Pleasant dreams, Ed! :p
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#921159 - 06/13/05 05:17 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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There are so many folks to thank for the fine time my wife and I enjoyed Saturday night that I don't know where to start. The biggest thanks belong to Cathy Harl, who opened her gorgeous showroom and trusted us to be near those amazing pianos with sticky food and good wine. Ed and Carol also deserve special gratitude for the work that went into preparing and cooking the food. It smelled so good on the sidewalk, I almost didn't make it inside.

After that, in no particular order:

Linda in PA -- thanks for suffering through the horrors of I-95 gridlock to drive all the way from Bucks County, PA to join us. I know you and Cathy are friends, but that's still above and beyond the call. Hope you had a smoother trip home. (Glad you liked my last piece. It was Brahms Intermezzo in A, Op. 118 No. 2 -- one of my all time favorites.)

JPM and FMElliott -- it was good to see both of you again. Maybe next time I'll get to hear you play (though I guess I'll have to go to Heidelberg to hear JPM after the end of the month -- good luck to you and your wife in your first post-retirement gig!).

I.Bruton -- I'm sorry too that we didn't hook up, since we'd have had a few things to talk about. My wife and I graduated from Duke, and an old acquaintance from those days, John Ruggero, still teaches piano down there. We're thinking about looking into retirement possibilities in NC -- perhaps you'll have some good advice for us at the next one of these affairs.

Spin Doctor -- I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your renditions of Copland, Bill Evans, etc. You play with genuine feeling, and your technique is mighty fine as well. Keep working, and tell that lovely lady you were with (Leslie?) that she must like you a lot to put up with the bunch of us for a whole Saturday night.

Sally -- we've only spoken twice, but your enthusiasm for music, the glorious instruments you work with, and life in general is contagious. Bechstein is very lucky to have you.

Jim and Maureen from Omaha -- if you ever need proof that PWF members aren't stuffed shirts, ask these folks. An older couple from Omaha in town for a national meeting of State Boards of Education, they were enticed in our direction by the smells from Carol's grill, had no idea what was going on but came in anyway and enjoyed lively conversations with several of us. Good luck to their Nebraska Cornhuskers in the College World Series.

And finally, thanks to Cathy's mysterious logistical support system, John, for sharing one of the toughest etudes Chopin ever wrote. Don't sweat those speed bumps on the last page -- just keep practicing, and one day soon it will all flow together like rich cream.

Well, it's dinner time here now, so I have to run. Thanks again to Cathy, Ed, Carol and all others for a memorable evening. Let's do this again some time soon.
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#921160 - 06/13/05 07:45 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by markb:
Geez, kathy, you wanted a real-time, play-by-play account? We were still partying when you posted!

Anyway, I, for one, had a great time. Everyone was so friendly, and the food was delicious. I got to play on some fantastic pianos. Even better, I heard other attendees play beautifully on them. Very inspiring and humbling. (Wow, do *I* have a long way to go!) I accidentally spilled a whole cup of Sprite on one of the pianos, but I'm hoping Cathy doesn't find out.

Thanks again to Terrytunes for the neato nametags. And, of course, a big thank you to Cathy. Apart from online discussions, I didn't know anyone, but Cathy was a warm and gracious host and made me feel at home immediately. And I also feel deeply honored that among all of those wonderful pianos, Cathy has reserved a special one just for me. It's in a separate room, out of view from the public, so that it doesn't get damaged by other customers.

Plenty of pictures were taken--I just hope I'm not in any that get posted. [/b]
Well doggone, party boy, I sure hope someone delivers. (Aren't these things fun !!)

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#921161 - 06/13/05 07:46 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by klavierspielerin:
LOL Mark!

Yeah, I definitely had a great time. I'm glad I got the opportunity to go. Since the piano I bought is still there, I got a chance to play it some more, and had the pleasure of hearing I. Bruton play a piece on it. Sounded lovely!

And yes, definitely lots of pictures taken! [/b]
Yikes, hopefully not the one Mark spilt the Koolaid on!

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#921162 - 06/13/05 07:49 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by Ermo:
I believe that I speak for everyone on the forum when I say...

WHERE THE HECK ARE THE PICTURES?

I think there's something in the rules about having to post photos in a timely manner. This is entirely unacceptable. [/b]
I totally agree. Unacceptable. Out with them now!

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#921163 - 06/14/05 10:30 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Now I will try to say a few words about the party. First, Cathy really outdid herself on the food and indeed the decorations. There were sparkles on the table cloths and we all looked like Liberace before the evening was over. Even the candles were unusual with the one on my table being a multi wick creation from an immense block of wax.

The portobello mushrooms were great and the shrimp perfect. I don't know what to call the beef circles with cheese in them, but they went down awfully well. There were 3 kinds of barbecue, salmon, pork, and chicken. There was pasta and salad as well. Lots of nuts and cheese. I fuly expected to wind up in a diabetic comma, but the conversation kept the nibbling in line and the next day the scale didn't swear at me.

No one has mentioned Ulrich Sauter. He is a very able and charming individual. I shamelessly picked his brain for information about German piano making. After the 5 generations or more his family have spent on piano building, he really knows the business. What is more, he is a great party animal. If I remember correctly he has made several PW parties.

Sally Phillips was a joy to chat with and helped open new horizons on early 19th century piano inlay and veneer work. Sally, what was the name of that wonder product for managing moisture in pianos???

As to pictures, I did not take any. I took and posted some last time, and got out the door this time without a camera. Cathy did get some and so did others.

The playing was really quite fine. I enjoyed Spin Doctor's work and Emmanuel's and Klavier's on her wonderful new Forster. Others deserve mention, but I am not good with names. Take it from me they were all well worth hearing.

No one mentioned Cathy's cartoonist friend who showed up. He came complete with a wonderful framed cartoon of Cathy with the wildest hairdo!!! He also had an inscribed book of work for her. He is a nationally know cartoonist, but as you might guess, I can't remember his name.

I thought several members with only limited years of lessons did extremely well! Linda in Pa really made me think about how to enjoy lessons and receitals by telling about having written pieces to play at receitals.

I regret not getting to talk to everyone. The night was far too short. We could easily have used another day. In fact I did use some of another day after making a wrong turn onto the Beltway, I headed for Maryland and only got home to Virginia after midnight.

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#921164 - 06/14/05 12:46 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Hi guys --
Thanks so much for attending what turned out to be a really fun party. We had 30+ in attendance (including spouses, gatecrashers and "secret" special guests).
A special thanks to Ed and Carol (the grill mistress).
Where to start?......
Well, I threw the last guest (Ulrich) out at around 1:40, got home around 2-ish, crashed and burned til it was time to go to work on Sunday. Then on Monday I took Ulrich sightseeing in DC -- all the monuments, Kennedy Center, the White House, out to eat, then dumped him at the airport to fly to Kansas City for the PTG convention. That's why I haven't posted til now.
I really enjoyed everyone's playing -- hope to hear SpinMaster again some day. I LOVE Bill Evans.
Linda -- you are NO beginner!
I. Bruton and Klav -- that August Forster never sounded better!
Phil Bjorlo -- what can I say? -- Absolutely gorgeous playing - makes us all want to practice more!
Paul Milesi (one of my techs) really did a nice job on some old jazz standards.
I think everyone enjoyed walking around trying their pieces on the different brands of pianos.
Of course Markb's performance on his "special" piano was unforgettable.
JPM -- we're all going to miss you -- good luck on your move.
Sally -- it was great having you here -- you answered any questions asked of you, but nary a sales pitch was heard. Good Girl!
Ulrich -- How can we all express how happy we were to have you here? (He made a 4 day "pit stop" on his way to PTG -- he LOVES PW parties).
Richard Thompson is the name of the cartoonist that was here (Wash Post on Sat & Sun -- it's called "Cul de sac")
I would love to host another party here -- maybe in the Fall?
I'll post some pictures (don't worry Markb -- not the "back room" ones) later this afternoon. John has to help me -- I'm hopeless with computer stuff.
love and kisses,
Cathy :3hearts:
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#921165 - 06/14/05 03:23 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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ooooooh!

Even Ulrich Sauter was there? No fair, no fair, no fair! We want him in NE too! Boy, would I have loved to spend an evening talking to him. Wonderful deep woods sound on the upright I am interested in!

You guys sound like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing with us.

And I would love to talk more with Sally, and Cathy, and..., and....

WHO HAS THE PICS?

asks the lady who vicariously is visiting your function...

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#921166 - 06/14/05 04:40 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Originally posted by Catlady:

I would love to host another party here -- maybe in the Fall?[/b]


That would be fantastic, Cathy. But let's avoid 10/14 through 10/23 - I'll be at piano camp.

Saturday, September 10th would be a good day - can't think of a better way to spend my birthday!

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#921167 - 06/14/05 07:32 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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What's this? We haven't even seen the pix from the last one, and we're already planning the next one? That's crazy.

September 10th is my high school reunion, so I'm out that day. ;\)
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#921168 - 06/14/05 09:43 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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High school reunion? Aw....I won't ask which one. \:D
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#921169 - 06/15/05 04:10 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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By not asking, klavier, you asked. The big two oh. I'm sure I graduated before you were born.
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#921170 - 06/15/05 05:13 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Oh, so this is where everyone is posting. I posted to the other thread.

It was a fabulous event. There was so much fine playing that it is hard to single out any individual players.

Phil -- Your interpretation of the Brahms Op. 118/2 was wonderful. You showed me how far I need to go to do justice to the piece. It will be some time before I feel comfortable playing it publicly.

Spin Dr -- Thanks for the education on Bill Evans. You're a great player. I found "The Bad & the Beautiful" online and am struggling with it now.

Paul, you have some licks! I really enjoyed your playing too.

Klav -- Thanks for playing Beethoven. That was one of my favorite pieces. Your new AF is inspirational. Good luck with your move and your music studies.

The best part of the evening for me was opportunity to meet and talk to a dedicated group of piano nuts. The common love of piano creates a powerful energy level ... one can feel a buzz .... maybe the alcohol helped a little too. :rolleyes:

It was a treat having Ulrich Sauter there. He definitely knows how to enliven a party.

Thanks again to Cathy, Sally, Ed & Carol, and everyone else that worked so hard to put the event together.

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#921171 - 06/15/05 07:09 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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originally posted by Cathy:
I'll post some pictures later this afternoon.
ahem
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#921172 - 06/15/05 07:24 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Ermo:
 Quote:
originally posted by Cathy:
I'll post some pictures later this afternoon.
ahem [/b]
Ermo, your voyeuristic tendencies are really coming to light. I don't want to ruin the surprise, but the pictures will show people, pianos, people playing pianos, people talking to other people, people eating, and people drinking. I just hope they don't show that other thing that happened...

Ooops, I've said too much already.
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#921173 - 06/15/05 07:37 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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By not asking, klavier, you asked. The big two oh. I'm sure I graduated before you were born. [/b]
Eh. One year before. No worries. ;\)
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#921174 - 06/15/05 07:40 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I like to watch.
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#921175 - 06/15/05 10:03 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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 Quote:
Originally posted by markb:

Ooops, I've said too much already. [/b]
Yes, markb, will you please learn to hold your tongue ... er, fingers!

And I cannot believe you would rather celebrate your 20th reunion than my 20th birthday!!!

I rather like that we don't have any pictures, yet. Creates a kind of mystique - don't you think?

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#921176 - 06/15/05 11:03 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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You didn't invite me to your, um, "20th" birthday celebration. I felt snubbed, so I agreed to go to the reunion.
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#921177 - 06/15/05 11:03 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Thanks everyone, for a most enjoyable party. Thanks Terrytunes, for making the distinctive name tags. Thanks to Cathy for hosting the event and getting the pianos prepped. I know that doing the latter is costly -- no wonder many piano dealers don't take the trouble. Thanks to the many participants who played pieces. I was impressed at the skill levels, and the artistry. Thanks SpinDoctor for the primer you gave me and my wife about how jazz piano is done.

I enjoyed meeting the representative of Bechstein who had flown in from Indiana. We talked long about her and Cathy’s plans to unseat Steinway from its near-monopoly. To judge by the superb quality of the three Bechsteins on display, I think it’s just a matter of time! I was especially intrigued by the small key-dip on the big Bechsteins ... it makes these behemoths a lot easier to play than smaller pianos with their deeper key-dip.

I hope sincerely that there will be a next time.
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#921178 - 06/15/05 12:32 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Peter, meeting you and your lovely wife was a great pleasure. While my knowledge of jazz is limited, I will bend the ear of anyone unfortunate enough to be within earshot as JPM can attest. ;\) I do hope to hear you play someday!
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#921179 - 06/15/05 01:03 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Cathy has not been able yet to post some pics from the party. Here are a few she sent me. Hopefully Cathy will post more, if not I'll post more later.

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#921180 - 06/15/05 01:14 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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All right, now we're getting somewhere!

OK, who is everybody?
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#921181 - 06/15/05 01:16 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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That one dude looks like Jerry Seinfeld.
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#921182 - 06/15/05 01:38 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Let's see, in the third picture there's some goofy dude on the left (boy, I wouldn't want to be him!), then Leslie and Spin Doctor. I can't tell who got cut off on the right.
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#921183 - 06/15/05 01:40 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Yeah, the guy on the left ... that's the dude that looks like Seinfeld.
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#921184 - 06/15/05 01:52 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I think Seinfeld was in town for a gig at a comedy club. He was very funny but not a good piano player.
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#921185 - 06/15/05 03:12 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Markb, revealed!

Way cool!

Did you guys, you know, talk to each other and learn each other's names?

I'm with Ermo. I want names.

Hint: I didn't attend.
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#921186 - 06/15/05 03:33 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Mark, you are soooo cute! (Although, I'm a tad surprised to see you with a shirt on). And, Spin Doctor's not bad either - but not nearly as cute as his girl.

I love pictures!! More names please.

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#921187 - 06/15/05 03:58 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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A few more. Sorry I was not there and I don't know all the names.













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#921188 - 06/15/05 04:10 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Well, here's a hint: I may have appeared in one or more pictures...

Those came out pretty good, BTW.
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#921189 - 06/15/05 04:36 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Wow!! These are great pics!!

Was it someone's birthday??!!! or is that just a huge candle on the table??!! \:D

klavierspielerin.. are you bonding with "your" piano??!!

Ummmmmm... you did take a DC piano pile up group pic, right???!!!

I'm anxiously awaiting to know who is who in these pics. I only recognize Klavierspielerin from a pic in another thread!

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#921190 - 06/15/05 05:07 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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No one's b-day that I'm aware of (although mine was the next day!!). That was just a HUGE candle on the table! As a matter of fact, there was quite some discussion at the table when someone looked in and realized that there was a lit wick in it! LOL

And yes, lots of piano bonding.
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#921191 - 06/15/05 07:57 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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 Quote:
Originally posted by kathyk:
Mark, you are soooo cute! (Although, I'm a tad surprised to see you with a shirt on).

I love pictures!! More names please. [/b]
:blushing graemlin: Thanks, kathy, but we wouldn't be right for each other. I'm an ISTJ. (I'm glad, though, that you didn't say you were surprised to see me with pants on.)

Alright, let's try this. Other attendees can add and correct.

Pic 1: Gentlemen seated with back to camera--I. Bruton on left, pianocliff on right. Standing in back, red shirt, is Pegg, in front of her, seated, is klavier. Seated to her left is, I think, her mother, Corinne (yes?). I don't know the lady seated between and behind them (in the black shirt). Standing, on the far right, is JPM. Unfortunately, I don't know the other people.

Pic 2: I didn't meet the people at this table. \:\(

Pic 3: Already identified.

Pic 4: Seated at right table, across from me is Linda in PA in white shirt. Standing in back, at left is Sally from Bechstein, and to her left is Carol.

Pic 5: \:\( Help, please.

Pic 6: Ed playing one of the 9' Bechsteins.

That's about everyone I can remember. I think you can ID the people in the remaining pics.
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#921192 - 06/15/05 07:59 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Criminy, klavier, why didn't you tell us your birthday was the next day? I'm sure someone there could have accompanied the rest of us in a rousing rendition of happy birthday. In fact, all of us could have accompanied at the same time--a 21-piano salute.
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#921193 - 06/15/05 08:07 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Haha! I didn't even think about that! I was going to post it here the next day, but I was so tired that I forgot. A 21-piano salute for my 21st b-day. Oh well...Maybe we can try again at the same time next year! \:D

Oh, and you were very close with my mom's name. It's actually Corrine, not Corinne. Very good!

In picture 5, the one in the jacket is from Sauter I believe. I ended up having my back to him through most of the evening! I don't know who the other person is! I don't think I met him! I'm so sorry... \:\(
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#921194 - 06/16/05 08:43 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Thanks, Rich, for posting the pics ... and markb for naming names. Looks like fun. Any more photos out there?
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#921195 - 06/16/05 08:15 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Hi, this is John. I am posting these pictures of the Piano World party upon Cathy's request and she will fill you in on all the details tomorrow. Enjoy!

Part 1















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#921196 - 06/16/05 08:16 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Here are the rest..

Part 2













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#921197 - 06/16/05 08:46 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Wonderful! Thank you!
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#921198 - 06/18/05 05:57 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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#921199 - 06/18/05 07:25 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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My belated comments on the party: gracious and grateful people, great piano playing, great conversation, great food, great bonding, great pianos. And did I mention, great people?

In case y'all are still interested in some more pics:


Jim Lobs, fmelliot, Pegg, Pegg's daughter (?)


pianocliff, I. Bruton, Catlady and klavier in the background


JPM, Sally Phillips, Linda in PA, pianocliff, markb, I. Bruton, Spin Doctor, Leslie


klavier and her new piano


ditto


Ulrich Sauter, Emanuel Ravelli's wife (?), Emanel Ravelli, Jim Lobs


Paul


Jim Lobs, Sally Phillips, Ulrich Sauter, Richard Thompson, Linda in PA, pianocliff, I. Bruton, markb, Leslie, Pegg
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#921200 - 06/18/05 07:33 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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How come I can't view the pictures ???
All I get are the dreaded red x's
Boohoohoohoohoo
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#921201 - 06/18/05 07:38 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Try again, Cathy.
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#921202 - 06/18/05 07:40 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Emanuel Ravelli


more Emanuel


I. Bruton (note the creative composition with I.'s relection on the underside of the top)


marcb, Spin Doctor, Leslie, with I. Bruton on piano


more of I.


marcb, Linda in PA studying marc's technique


marc the entertainer (markb must be envious of his evil twin)


The dynamic Duet Duo!
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#921203 - 06/18/05 08:06 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Great pics, Ed! Markb identified the majority of the group on an earlier post. Thanks, Mark!

Thanks for confirming everyones identity, Ed!

It appears that no one took a DC PW pile up??!!
\:\(

Oh well, I will just have to join all of you for the next gathering and take my own group photo! \:D

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#921204 - 06/18/05 10:11 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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I don't think we could have gotten everyone together even if we tried! Some were eating, some were talking, some were playing, and a lot of us were outside too. Although truth be told, I didn't even think about a group photo.
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#921205 - 06/19/05 08:07 AM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Sorry folks, we failed to remember to take the traditional PWF party piano pile up photo. We were just too busy having a good time.
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#921206 - 06/20/05 01:57 PM Re: Washington DC Area Piano Party
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Linda in PA I need to get your e-mail addy so I can send you the Copland Mp3's

Also, clean out you PM list! It's all full up! ;\)
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