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- Last Call for Mason & Hamlin Tour! -

Parties, Concerts, and Tours ... Oh My!

As happens every year we've had a number of people drop out as the tour date (May 12) gets closer.
I wanted to let everyone know there are now 8 openings if you would like to join us.

Not sure what the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tour is all about?
Read This Post

Monday May 12th is
Our annual tour of the Mason & Hamlin factory in Haverhill, MA.
We were hoping to have 40 Members/guests for the tour this year, our 5th year in a row.

If you already signed up, make sure your name is on the LIST

If you signed up and can't make it, please let us know right away.

If you would like to join us and can get Monday May 12th off, by all means ... let me know right away!

I'm looking forward to seeing members I know, and meeting new members.
(I will be at the Frederick's concert on Sunday, the M&H tour on Monday, and Larry's party on Monday night).
  • Weekend In New England - May 10-12
    This will be a fun weekend.

    Sat. May 10th will be a tour of the famous Frederick's Historical Collection.
    ...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‚Äôs 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"
    I've taken this tour, it's wonderful.

    Sunday May 11th at 4P.M. the Frederick's will be hosting a concert
    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..
    Details about the Fredericks' activities HERE

    You can also visit the Frederick Piano Collection web site for more details about their collection and concerts.

    After the M&H tour on the 12th there will be a Piano Party at Larry Buck's Shop in Lowell, MA.
    You do not have to be part of the tour to attend the party. Larry always hosts a great party, you can see some pictures and comments from one we had Last November
GRAND OBSESSION author Perri Knize will be joining us for the party.
Information about the Weekend Events Here
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Jeffrey Biegel Plays Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto No. 1

Our own forums member, concert artist Jeffrey Biegel performed Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Keith was there!
More Details Here
Jeffrey, if you perform this again, you have to let us know.
Trade Regrets - Don Johnson, Editor MMR

Always sad when we have to report the passing of one of our own.

Don Johnson
(from an MMR email)...
It is with a profound sense of sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend and associate, Don Johnson. Don served as editor of MUSICAL MERCHANDISE REVIEW for the past twenty five years and under his stewardship the publication developed a broad international readership. He was a quiet professional who had an intuitive gift of delivering an interview in a clear and concise manner. Over the years he gained the respect and developed friendships within the entire spectrum of the music industry.
Please see the The Rest of the Article Here
Expanding Our Classifieds

Much of the support of Piano World and the Piano Forums comes from professionals in the piano business who pay to advertise with us (smart move on their part :-).

To date we have focused primarily on the U.S. market, but by it's very nature the Internet is international.
Although we have barely touched on offering advertising to Canada and the U.K., that will change going forward.
As you can see by this post Who Visits Piano World?, a significant amount of our traffic originates in Canada, U.K., and Australia.
I believe we can help professionals in these regions attract more business too.
The challenge will be in how we break down the ads geographically. It's pretty easy here in the States, we break it down by State and area within a state.
If anyone from the other countries mentioned would like to give me some ideas, I'd be grateful (

You can view our Classified Categories and Listings Here
Our basic Advertising Information Here
Do You Read Chinese?

I received an email with what is purported to be a review of Grand Obsession, in Chinese.
Of course I can't read it, so I am just presuming that is what it is.
If any of our members can read Chinese, but speak/type English, I'd appreciate you taking a look and let me know the gist of what it says.
Grand Obsession, A Piano Odyssey - Chinese Review
Upcoming Concerts

"Whisperings" solo piano concert in Phoenix May 10th
Whisperings Solo Piano Radio & Steinway of Phoenix Present Joe Bongiorno & Michele McLaughlin in concert! Details Here

Ian Fountain concert on classicLive on May 22
Ian Fountain performs Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Hungarian National Philharmonic on May 22, 2008 at 17.30 GMT. Ian was the youngest ever winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, he was only 19 at a time.
Details Here

Concert Artist and Forums Member Rami (21367) May concerts:
May 16, Utica, NY.
May 19, Barbados, WI. More

Post your concert, recital, and competition news Here
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Looted Pianos Still In Paris Warehouse?

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