NYC piano party

Posted by: Jeffrey

NYC piano party - 09/04/06 04:54 PM

Time: late September or early October. Please suggest a date, and let's get as many as we can.

Place: mine, on the UWS of Manhattan. PM for more details.

Piano: Mason AA.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: NYC piano party - 09/04/06 05:00 PM

What or where, is UWS?

BTW, you want 'me' to play yet another MH AA and drool once again after my note just posted on 'loving the one at Piano Craft'? Not fair!!!

;-)

R
Posted by: kokomo61

Re: NYC piano party - 09/04/06 05:16 PM

UWS - Upper West Side.....

Most of my business travel is sending me elsewhere(Anaheim in Sept, Toronto in Oct, and Tuscon in Nov). I'm in NYC on 11/5 (taking my wife to see Les Miserables when it comes back to Broadway)....so I'll probably miss it - but I'm sure it'll be an enjoyable time....

Wonder if I could convince my wife to have one @ our house.....
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: NYC piano party - 09/04/06 08:36 PM

I'm interested!

Suggested Date: Sunday, September 24th

Thanks ... Linda
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: NYC piano party - 09/05/06 12:46 PM

Linda... I love how you always show up for parties/gatherings!!

You're my kind of person!
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: NYC piano party - 09/05/06 03:28 PM

Hi, Terry!

Maybe we'll both end up at the same party one day? That would be nice!!

\:\)
Posted by: bukopaudan

Re: NYC piano party - 09/05/06 04:34 PM

Piano party? I've never heard of such a thing before.

What is it that you do there, exactly? Play the piano and discuss techniques, etc.?
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: NYC piano party - 09/05/06 05:33 PM

Good grief, sweet_melody, you've never heard of a piano party??!! Well, neither had I prior to finding PW.

You'll have to check out another forum section titled: Forum Members Tours, Parties, Meetings. This area on the forum will give you a reivew of what typically occurs at a piano gathering.

Usually, after a piano gathering, members will post pics from their event and provide a review of the music that was played and more importantly who was in attendance and what type of food was served!! \:D

Welcome to the PW, sweet_melody. Hopefully, someday you'll have an opportunity to attend a gathering.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: NYC piano party - 09/05/06 09:58 PM

 Quote:
Please suggest a date...
How about late September, early October? ;\)

Really, late September will work better for me as I may be on vacation at the beginning of October.

Hey Linda! How are you? Nice to 'see' you, hope your summer went well.
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: NYC piano party - 09/06/06 12:57 PM

Hi, Bernard!

I have been thinking about you nearly every day. I must find the time to give you a call - or to see you in person! Would love to hear about your vacation plans and to generally catch up with you. Did you go to Summer Keys this year?

I'm glad the summer is over. I'm looking forward to Autumn Sonata (only 5 weeks, 2 days to go). Just wish I were prepared to play something.

Take care - hope to see you at Jeffrey's party (perhaps you could convince Terrytunes to join us?).

. . . Linda
Posted by: BruceD

Re: NYC piano party - 09/06/06 01:19 PM

Linda and Bernard :

Nice to "see" both of you, too, and I'm glad to see that you're both still working on things piano. If I were near New York, I'd join you. Alas, however .... although I'm not complaining about being where I am!

Regards,
Posted by: Jeffrey

Re: NYC piano party - 09/06/06 06:49 PM

If the date was Sunday, Sept. 24th at 2:30 pm, is there anyone who wants to attend that could not make it?
Posted by: musdan

Re: NYC piano party - 09/06/06 07:44 PM

Jeffrey,

I've never been to a piano party, and like sweet_melody would like to know more about what kind of party it is, do you have to play the piano, or can you enjoy hearing others "do their thing". I don't feel confident enough to play in front of anyone. Should we bring anything with us?

Thanks for the info - reading these threads it sound like a fun time. \:\)
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: NYC piano party - 09/07/06 11:09 AM

Hello Bruce!

So great to see you (your avatar), too! I hope that life is good in Victoria.

Yes, I'm still plugging away at the keyboard. Within the next 2 years, I hope to be at the point where I can attend the Victoria summer music camp. It would be fun to really see you at that time.

Until then, I'll be sure to raise a glass of bubbly in your honor at the Phila-NY-DC area parties! ;\)

. . . Linda
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: NYC piano party - 09/07/06 11:31 AM

musdan and sweet_melody:[/b]

These are informal parties where we get together to play for and with each other. The developmental level in the core group of party goers ranges from beginner to professional. I'm currently at the late beginner/early intermediate level and have been attending PW parties since I first began playing. Everyone is very supportive of each other!

You do not need to play if you don't feel comfortable playing. I do, however, suggest that you bring some of your music - just in case you change your mind. You won't find a kinder, more generous group of people with whom to play. I have learned a great deal from the folks who attend both the NY and DC area parties.

I generally bring some munchies as my contribution to the party. (We socialize as well as play the piano.) You are also welcome to bring a spouse, friend, children (just let Jeffrey know how many people are coming). Grotriman often brings his two boys, Lex and Oliver. Fingers's son, Ben, has also joined us a couple of times. I really enjoy having the children join in with us - even though they play better than do I. \:o

Hope to see you at the next party . . . Linda
Posted by: Piano World

Re: NYC piano party - 09/08/06 12:37 PM

Put me down as a tentative.

To those who haven't attended a PW Forums party before, they really are a lot of fun!

Everyone is very supportive, and there is no need to be shy about playing.

I'm probably one of the least skilled players in the group (in spite of the fact that I own Piano World :-) ), but I still bang out a couple of my old rock n' roll arrangements, and have fun doing it.

Whether I make it or not, don't forget to take pictures, and remember... we expect a group shot under/around the piano (a PW Forums tradition)!

P.S.
There's another party forming down the Cape...
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/22/109.html
Posted by: musdan

Re: NYC piano party - 09/08/06 03:56 PM

Jeff,

Has a date been set yet?

This would be a first piano party for me. It's looks like a great time. \:\)
Posted by: Jeffrey

Re: NYC piano party - 09/08/06 06:22 PM

musdan - The date is Sunday, Sept. 24th at 2:30, unless there are a large number of potential partyers who cannot go then. Hope to see you there!!

Everyone should PM me for exact directions.

\:\)

- Jeffrey
Posted by: musdan

Re: NYC piano party - 09/08/06 08:34 PM

Thanks Jeff \:\)
Posted by: Jim Frazee

Re: NYC piano party - 09/10/06 11:03 AM

I'd be coming from far northern Westchester so, if weather's not a problem, I'd like to make it. Alas, I don't know how to PM so maybe someone could email address?
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: NYC piano party - 09/10/06 12:58 PM

im in.
Posted by: Jeffrey

Re: NYC piano party - 09/12/06 07:16 PM

Jim, Piano World, musdan, lilylady - I hope you can all make it. It would be great to see some new faces. The date is now fixed at Sunday, Sept. 24th at 2:30 pm on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the low 80's. You can PM to me for my exact address by clicking on my name, and then clicking on the Send a Private Message hyperlink.

No need to bring anything. You don't have to play, but don't forget to bring music in case you change your mind. Hope to see many of you there.

- Jeffrey
Posted by: Ezra

Re: NYC piano party - 09/19/06 09:51 PM

I live in NYC (now in Riverdale; used to live on UES), but can't make that date (Rosh Hashannah). I'd love to attend the next one in NYC though. Have fun~!
Posted by: musdan

Re: NYC piano party - 09/21/06 09:54 AM

Have a great time at the piano party - sad to say I won't be able to be there and like Ezra hope to attend the next one.

Make beautiful music and enjoy. \:\)
Posted by: Bernard

Re: NYC piano party - 09/24/06 11:17 PM

Jeffrey,

Much thanks to you and Mrs. Jeffrey (and little Jeffrey -- how beautiful and sweet) for hosting a wonderful get together this afternoon. It was just what the doctor ordered.

I'm amazed at the difference in your playing, Jeffrey, and your approach to the piano. Speaking of which: it's beautiful, a very fine instrument.

Linda, every time we get together it seems you have climbed several levels in ability. Good on you for tackling the Brahms! Go for it!

jon-nyc, I can't believe you're getting so little practice these days. You're sounding amazing. The fluidity of the Sonatine was great.

It was scary (at first) but refreshing to get the much needed experience of playing in front of others again and it felt good.

It was great. The low key atmosphere was, as I said, just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks Jeffrey.
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: NYC piano party - 09/25/06 08:09 PM

I agree with Bernard - it was the perfect, intimate setting and just what the doctor ordered for me, too!

Jeffrey - my sincere thanks to you and your family for hosting this gathering. You have a beautiful family and a beautiful piano. I was happy to enjoy the company of your good fortunes!

Your new piano and your new teacher are clearly paying off in terms of your musical development. Your entire demeanor at the piano has changed. You appear much more relaxed and confident and you sound much more musical than you did just a short while ago. I double-checked on that Bach Prelude that you are playing. I was wrong about the grade level. It is not an RCM Grade 4 Repertoire selection - it is a Grade 5!!!!![/b] Nice going, Jeffrey!

jon-nyc and Bernard - it is such an inspiration to watch and listen to you play. I don't know if you realize how important it is for beginning students to be able to interact with more accomplished pianists. I truly value my time with you and am grateful for your patience with my questions. You enable me to learn without ever making me feel inadequate - and you are just otherwise all-around good eggs!

Jon, as Bernard mentioned, your Sonatine is amazing and I can hardly fathom your ability to play the piece with such fluidity given your travel schedule and inaccessibility to a piano for such long chuncks of time. It was also great to hear the Brahms 117/2. Once I get 117/3 down, I think I'll just have to try the 117/2. I hope that you decide to take ownership of the entire set.

Bernard, I've always admired your Brahms interpretation (I love your 118/2). This time, you also delighted me with your Beethoven. It was exquisite! You have found a way to marry your innate sensitivity and your training in Alexander Technique to create a very powerful musical experience.

Thanks, again, to everyone for a great afternoon!

. . . Linda
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: NYC piano party - 09/25/06 08:29 PM

Silly me.... I didn't look at the dates and it happened already....

I'm glad you had a nice time. \:\)

~~Sharon
Posted by: lilylady

Re: NYC piano party - 09/29/06 08:03 AM

Did anyone take pics to share?

R
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: NYC piano party - 09/29/06 03:11 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by lilylady:
Did anyone take pics to share?

R [/b]
No, we were too busy enjoying the piano and each other's company!
Posted by: Bernard

Re: NYC piano party - 09/29/06 10:28 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by s54mo827:
Silly me.... I didn't look at the dates and it happened already....

I'm glad you had a nice time. \:\)

~~Sharon [/b]
Oh no. Sharon it would have been great to have you there! Next time.