Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008

Posted by: Terrytunes

Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/03/08 04:58 PM

****Frederick Tour; Saturday; May10th will begin at 1PM****


UPDATES:

Frederick Study Center Tour[/b]

Terrytunes
Lilylady +1
guntherp
jwgish
I.Bruton +1


Following the M&H Tour (Monday)/Gathering at Larry Buck\'s Piano Shop [/b]

Larry has advised that Darrell\'s Music Hall will be delivering 2 Schimmel grands for our musical & playing enjoyment. Available will be;

K230T

AND

189NWS


Duet's anyone??? :2hearts:


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In conjunction with the M&H factory tour, I’d like to inform both visiting and local members of additional piano events that will be available throughout the weekend leading up to the M&H tour on Monday, May 12th. The M&H tour has become an annual event and provides an opportunity for us to gather and celebrate our piano obsession with others, especially those whom we normally wouldn’t have in attendance at our local gatherings.


These events are geared towards those who have a strong passion for the piano but even those who do not play will hopefully feel they have benefited by experiencing any of the suggested events.

If you are interested in viewing and learning about a unique collection of pianos, our good friends, Pat and Mike Frederick of the Frederick Historical Collection [/b] are available to offer a private PW tour of their historical piano collection at the study center on Saturday, May 10th in Ashburnham. Their collection dates from a Viennese Style Piano, c. 1795 to the 1907 Blüthner Grand. The Frederick’s 3-hour tour of their 22 grand pianos, as described in their brochure; “introduces basic elements of piano-building, with musical examples played on each of a succession of instruments whose design priorities reflect musical tastes during many composers' lifetimes”

Once again in Ashburnham on Sunday, May 11th, the Frederick’s will host their first concert [/b] of the spring season at 4pm. The concerts take place at a nearby church where the acoustics are phenomenal. A piano is selected by the guest artist according to the composer he/she will be performing and moved over to the church. Admission for the concert is $10. Please trust me when I tell you it will probably be your best $10 deal of the year!

The scheduled tour of the M&H factory will take place on Monday @ 9am, May 12th in Haverhill.


Following the M&H tour, everyone will be welcomed to attend a gathering at Larry Buck's Piano Shop in Lowell. Larry has hosted numerous piano gatherings at his shop which serves as a dual enjoyment for both techs and pianists. Check out some of our Lowell piano gathering pics [/b] to view the good times we’ve enjoyed.

In the event we are able to convince a longtime PW member and now highly praised author to join us before her popularity further explodes, there could be added sparkle to our gathering at Larry‘s shop.

I’m open for suggestions and other ideas that visitors and local members would also like to have included in this totally piano related weekend. If you are signed up for the M&H tour or are local to the area and interested in attending any suggested events, please post your response.

I look forward to the opportunity of meeting members who will be traveling a distance for the M&H tour, connecting with new local members and the enjoyment of reuniting with our well-seasoned local group.

FB Edited to Add link: TerryTunes offers custom Name Tags for PWPF Events...
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/22/162.html
Posted by: Begin Again Dave

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/11/08 01:36 PM

I've sent an email to the webmaster. I just fell over this post while searching for info on the M&H Model 50, which I've become somewhat obsessed with lately . . . .

Hoping there's room for some of us alternates!
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/11/08 03:56 PM

Come on folks, this is a great way to spend a weekend, and a Monday night :-)

The Frederick's collection is amazing.
For those of you who play classical, or just like to listen to classical music, these period pianos provide a chance to hear what the music would have sounded like to composers/musicians of their day.

And I can tell you from experience, the parties at Larry Buck's place are always a good time!

This is a chance to meet some friends from the forums, hear some good music, and enjoy some food and drink.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/11/08 09:33 PM

Terry, I'm interested in the Frederick's tour and concert. I've already done the M&H tour, but I think I'd be up for the party afterwards. ... I'll keep in touch.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/13/08 08:53 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bernard:
Terry, I'm interested in the Frederick's tour and concert. I've already done the M&H tour, but I think I'd be up for the party afterwards. ... I'll keep in touch. [/b]
I am absolutely delighted to know you are interested in joining us!! ;\)
Posted by: BB Player

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/15/08 06:56 PM

Terrytunes,

I'm gonna "do it all". My current plans are to arrive either Friday night or early Saturday so sign me up for the Frederick piano tour, the concert, the factory tour, the gathering at Larry Buck's the fish fry and whatever else ya got!

Since I'll be on a motorcycle, I hope the weather's good!
Posted by: Larry Buck

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/16/08 06:04 PM

If anyone coming into the area is looking for nice lodging, We have a negotiated rate at the Comfort Suites in Andover. This is a very nice, off the main road place to stay. All of the guests the Boston Chapter of the PTG stay here. For those not familiar with the area, that is about half way between Mason & Hamlin and my shop where the gathering will be,

If anyone wants more info, email me or PM me.

Larry
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/20/08 11:06 PM

Greg, good to know your planning to indulge yourself into the whole combo of events!

Between myself and local members, we'll make sure you arrive to the local events with a dry shirt on your back! ;\)
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/22/08 09:58 AM

Just saw this Terry. That is dance recital weekend for us, so until I know our schedule I can't commit to any events, but I would love to see the Frederick collection. I'll let you know.
Posted by: guntherp

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/22/08 03:50 PM

Hi Terry,

I'm doing the M&H Tour and I am definitely interested in the Frederick's Tour & concert, as well as the Monday evening party. Do you know what time the tour would be on Saturday? I need to see if I'd be able to drive up on Sat. morning versus Fri. night.

Thanks,
Pat
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/22/08 08:12 PM

rustyfingers... looking forward to possibly meeting up with you and perhaps meeting up once again with the "little" fingers!!


guntherp.. Welcome to PW!! I've sent a msg to our hosts Pat and Michael Frederick and after she replies, I'll post what time they will be available for the May 10th tour. Thank you for posting your interest in viewing the Frederick historical piano collection!
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/23/08 05:00 PM

Terry-

I'm on the M&H list, so, of course, put us down for the party at Larry's place after. Mike can't make the tour this year, but he says he will make the party!
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/24/08 02:06 PM

MAK... thanks, good to know you'll both be joining the group for the "festivities" part of the wknd!! ;\)
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 02/24/08 02:10 PM

I've posted a starting tour time of 1pm (on the first post of this thread) for the Frederick Historical Collection tour.

Hope this works out for anyone desiring to be in attendance.
Posted by: JeffBC

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 03/09/08 06:08 PM

Terry,

I will be keeping Alanna home from Pre-K that day and we'll be at the tour and at Larry's afterwards. I'd love for us to go to Ashburnham as well, but I think my wife would kill me if I made it an all-piano weekend ;-)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/02/08 06:20 PM

Terry,

I want to do the concert on Sunday, and of course I'll be at the M&H tour Monday and party at Larry's Monday night.

I have someone coming up from FL for the events.

We probably won't make the tour on Sat.

Do you think we might be able to just sneak a peak at the collection on Sunday before or after the concert? (after all, she is traveling 1200 miles for this:-)
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/03/08 01:54 AM

I'm positive Pat and Mike Frederick would be pleased to provide you with a chance to view the collection after the concert.

As I recall, they do spend probably another hour at the church after the recital before moving the piano back to the study center and they are always looking for volunteers to assist in moving the piano. I know John Citron has assisted with piano moves. From what I recall, Pat and Mike have stayed on at the study center for whatever length of time guets would desire to stay.

I'm getting a nice little visual effect of a PW group sitting together and enjoying one of the spring concerts. Ahhhhhh!!! It'll be a special one indeed. ;\)
Posted by: wendie

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/07/08 09:52 PM

Hi All- I'm new to this website and would love to join you on May 10-12. I seem to be getting this information fairly late- Is there anyone to reply to- or do I just show up??? I'm not that computer savvy.....
I loved the book, I'm a piano addict and I just know I'll love meeting you. Wendie
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/07/08 10:58 PM

Originally posted by wendie:
I loved the book, I'm a piano addict and I just know I'll love meeting you.[/b]


Wendie... Welcome to PW!! It appears you have the necessary qualifications for being piano obsessed!! \:D

If you are interested in the Mason & Hamlin piano factory tour, you will need to add your name to the already over subscribed list: Mason & Hamlin factory tour 2008

Pat & Mike Frederick would appreciate a head count for the tour of their collection which is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, May 10th. Let me know if you would like to take part in the tour and I'll get a list started.

As for the Sunday concert in Ashburnham and the gathering at Larry Buck's shop in Lowell on Monday evening, if you would like to mention whether or not you will be joining us, it's always nice to know who is planning to be in attendance for any of the events.

Myself and a host of others, will look forward to meeting you! \:\)
Posted by: jwgish

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/13/08 08:54 AM

Hi - I've already sent a message to put my name on the alternates list for the M&H tour, but would also like to sign up for the Frederick's tour & concert & the party after the M&H tour. I'm in easter Mass, so this looks like a great opportunity.

I happened to stumble over "Grand Obsession" in Barnes & Noble in Framingham a couple of months ago and read it in record time. Perri's quest reminded me of a lot of the issues brought up in the book "Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less" by Barry Schwartz
I found Perri's story fascinating and was especially drawn to the trip to Germany. Made me wish I could do the same trip/tours. My father was a terrific old-school woodworker who served apprenticeships in painting, carpentry & cabinet making. He worked for years as a painter but his passion was building furniture - antique reproductions. Reading the stories of the old-world/modern craftsmen making the pianos took me back to sitting on the basement steps as a kid watching my father do his magic at the table saw, lathe, etc.

Those stories coupled for my lifelong love of the piano were an unbeatable combination. I'm just glad that my piano acquisition almost 30 years ago now only lasted a couple months and ended with a piano that I have been extremely happy with (a Yamaha C3D) for so long. I may not have Perri's ear-extraordinaire, but I'm otherwise mighty particular about things.

Anyway - I'm really looking forward to the weekend -- and especially hopeful that a spot opens up for the M&H tour.

Cheers,
Jim
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/14/08 10:55 AM

Hi Jim,

Welcome to PW!

Glad to see you are interested in the upcoming events! I look forward to meeting you as well as all the others that have signed up for the events.

TT, I have been just checking my scheduling and I would love to be on the Fredericks Tour Sat at 1PM. And I might bring along another music appreciator. I'll let you know about the addition.

What a special event this is and on my high list of "want to do's"

I have been on the MH tour twice, but might 'hobble' up all those 6 flights of stairs to say hello during your lunchtime or maybe the play time after the tour. Must say hello to my friends at MH!!!
Posted by: John Citron

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/14/08 04:44 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Terrytunes:
I'm positive Pat and Mike Frederick would be pleased to provide you with a chance to view the collection after the concert.

As I recall, they do spend probably another hour at the church after the recital before moving the piano back to the study center and they are always looking for volunteers to assist in moving the piano. I know John Citron has assisted with piano moves. From what I recall, Pat and Mike have stayed on at the study center for whatever length of time guets would desire to stay.

I'm getting a nice little visual effect of a PW group sitting together and enjoying one of the spring concerts. Ahhhhhh!!! It'll be a special one indeed. ;\) [/b]
That's right, Terry. I carried a couple of piano legs in my car. ;\) Then I got to try the then new addition to the collection. The 1888? M&H Screw Stringer! \:D

John
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/15/08 11:19 PM

Terry,

With sincere regrets, I'm going to have to bow out of the May 12th party as I have to be out of town. Bah.

-rf
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/20/08 04:15 PM

Please watch for updates on the first inital post to this thread!!


rustyfingers... we will miss not having you present. I was looking forward to meeting up with you and the "little" fingers once again.
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/24/08 06:15 PM

Terry-

How late can I let you know if we want to make the Fredeick Collection tour? Mike is interested; I just have to get him to COMMIT!!! LOL
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/26/08 12:50 AM

Mak... I'd like to submit a head count to Pat by let's say, Thursday, May 8th; not that she would ever turn away 2 additional guests the day of the tour.

I believe they are more concerned about having too large of a group. Given the head count at this time, it doesn't appear there will be a problem with last minute sign ups. ;\)
Posted by: novelinda

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/28/08 03:23 PM

We will be staying Sun and Mon nights hopefully in Andover. Where in Ashburnham is the church where the concert is held? Actually where is Ashburham in relation to Andover?
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/28/08 11:48 PM

novelinda... If you would both like to join me, I would be simply delighted to escort you and Jerry out to Ashburnham (495 south to rt 2W)

If you can be in Andover by 3pm, I will plan to meet you and we will make the journey out to Ashburnham in no time at all or about an hour!! \:D

Sound like a good plan???
Posted by: wendie

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/29/08 10:23 PM

Hi- I'm still thinking about how to plan this weekend. Terry tunes- maybe you could email me directly -
So here are my questions
1) I'm coming alone from Norwalk ct- is there anything planned for Sat and Sun evening that I could join?
2) What's the status of the M&h tour? wait list possibility?
3) where are most people staying how far is the Fredericks venue from the M&H tour and larry buck's place? The party sounds like fun- it would be a great way to meet piano people...wendie
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 04/29/08 11:12 PM

Hi Wendie... I just sent you a PM!! ;\)
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 05/04/08 12:55 PM

I'm afraid the Fredericks tour is looking pretty iffy for me at the moment. If I come up it will have to be a day trip. Somehow I messed up on the party after the M&H tour thinking it was going to be on the weekend.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 05/14/08 10:11 AM

From the Frederick's concert on Sunday May 11, 2008.

It was a wonderful afternoon, the acoustics in the church were great.

The Arcadia Players Chamber Ensemble played Haydn, Beethoven and Weber.


The Musician's... (Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello / Lisa Rautenberg, violin / Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano / Peter W. Shea, tenor). Unfortunately we missed Christopher Krueger, flute for this picture.


Yes Jerry, that is the end you are supposed to play the piano from...



(Linda & Jerry Gloo, and Linda from LI)
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 05/15/08 10:12 PM

The Katholnig c 1805-1810 Vienna, was the featured pianoforte brought up to the church from the study center for the Frederick's opening spring concert on Sunday.

Here are a few other pics from the concert:


PW members: A441, novelinda, ladyford, Mr PianoWorld, Doogs, seated: guntherp & terrytunes



As one member noticed the special feature on this piano was the "4-on the floor" \:D





Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 05/15/08 11:45 PM

Saturday afternoon a few members gathered for the historical piano tour in Ashburnham. What a treat. Pat and Michael host an informative 3-hr tour of their collection along with answering any questions whether it be about composers, tuning or wood finish of a particular piano.



Pat Frederick playing pianoforte from early 1800's then l-r Mike Frederick, Jim (jwgish) Pat (gntherp) Ann (Isaac's wife) and sort of blocked by piano lid, Isaac (I.Bruton)

At the end of the tour everyone is invited to select a piano(s) and enjoy playing.

I. Bruton and his lovely wife drove the longest distance.... Raleigh, NC! Such a pleasure to meet up with Isaac after knowing him thru PW the last few years. Three cheers for Ann who drove the distance for her partners pleasure of viewing the historic collection! If that ain't love...
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Grand Events Surrounding the M&H Tour - May 2008 - 05/23/08 08:51 PM

While visiting the Frederick collection last Saturday, I recorded a short clip of Pat Frederick playing on the Pleyel - c 1845 Paris .


Hopefully next time I’ll have something better than my digital camera for recording.

With Pat's permission, the following clip is approximately 26 seconds of Chopin's Prelude in b minor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yjDJJQpSmQ