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December 2010

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Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays!
To all our friends around the world
May the holiday season bring you joy, happiness, peace, and music!

Join the Piano Lovers Tour! JOIN OUR Piano & Music Lovers European Tour!

Tour Some of the Finest Piano Makers in Europe with us in 2011.
Get your name on the list now. First payment is due by mid December.
If you are planning on joining us, please let our travel agent know.

This is your chance to see how some of the world's finest pianos are crafted. Plus it's a chance to meet other Forums Members, tour music museums, visit composers homes, and much more. And of course, it's a chance to see Europe!

Although visiting top notch piano manufacturers in Europe is our central goal, the tour to includes much more than piano shops. For Example:
  • Hamburg Steinway Tour (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Steingräber u. Söhne Tour (Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Blüthner Tour (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Bösendorfer Tour (Vienna, Austria)
  • Meet & Greet and Concert with Robin Meloy Goldsby (the Piano Girl)(Cologne, Germany)
  • Visit the Beethoven Museum in Bonn
  • PM City tour of Leipzig with Thomas Church
  • Mendelsohn Museum
  • Music Instruments Museum
  • Dinner at famous Auerbach-Keller
  • Germanisches National Museum, historic music instruments (Nuremberg, Germany)
  • Visit Wagner & Liszt Museum (Rothenburg, Germany)
  • Visit Deutsches Museum (one of worlds largest musical instrument collections)
  • Visit National Museum (possibly with behind scenes visit)
  • Visit Mozart Haus, the birthplace of Mozart
  • Castle Schonbrunn Visit
  • Musical Vienna Tour
  • We've also scheduled free time to explore on your own
The complete itinerary along with pricing, lots of pictures, and more details can be found on the Piano Forums here ...

Piano & Musical Tour - Europe 2011 Click Here Now!

Let's Talk Cocktail Piano

Let's Talk Cocktail Piano ... (From the same folks who brought you Let's Talk Weddings) What is cocktail piano? How do you become a cocktail piano pro?
This thread contains helpful insight from some experienced cocktail pianist, including Robin Meloy Goldsby, author of The Piano Girl.
It also has stories from other pianists, hints, instructions, and much more.
Check it out today... Let's Talk Cocktail Piano
Concerts & Competitions

Grand Piano Haus inaugural (free) concert featuring internationally renowned pianist. GEORGE LEPAUW
This concert is being held on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at: Grand Piano Haus
3640 West Dempster St
Skokie, IL 60076
Grand Piano Haus Concert

12 Finalists Selected for January 8th piano competition in GOLDEN, Colorado.
A rare opportunity to hear 12 finalists selected from among this year’s applicants of the 2011 JSIYAC will occur on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the final (live) round of the competition.
12 Finalist Piano Competition - Details

PianoForte Foundation January Events (Chicago)...

CHING-YUN HU, piano Program TBA
Hailed for her “...superstar quality that everybody looks for...Musical, energetic and full of flair,” (The Jerusalem Post), Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu is a winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
Broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and
Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
12:15 PM
FREE admission


Keith Kirchoff will perform:
Keith Kirchoff, The Adventures of Norby (2007) for piano and electronics
Steven Ricks, Medusa Fragments (2009-10) for piano, video, sampler, and electronics
Rieman performs original solo piano pieces:
Helix Aspersa I-V (2008) Graphic scores made in collaboration with snails interpreted using various methods.
Ghost House, Oregon (solo piano version) (2010) Indeterminate piece for any instrument, the latest in the Ghost House Series.
Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor
7:00 PM
$20 / $10 students & PianoForte Foundation members
For tickets: or (312) 291-0291

BEN LEWIS, piano
Grazyna continues her acclaimed “Chopin 200” series with stunning vocal re-interpretations of Chopin’s piano music- this time, in a pared-down format with piano accompaniment only.
Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor
7:00 PM
$20 / $10 students & PianoForte Foundation members
For tickets: or (312) 291-0291

PianoForte continues its annual tradition of hosting an all-day celebration of Franz Schubert’s music- with over 30 regional musicians performing on three stages.
Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor
2:00-9:00 PM
FREE admission
For more information: or (312) 291-0291

At the Palladium Theater in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL
This is a wonderful theater built in 1925, gorgeous architecture.

Side Door Jazz:Friday, 12/17/10 - 08:00 PM
Nate Najar Trio Holiday Show with special guests (Kathy and I will be volunteering at this one)
Nate Najar’s annual Christmas jazz concert is a Palladium favorite. This year’s show features swinging jazz, holiday favorites and selections from Duke Ellington’s Jazz Nutcracker. The guitarist and his trio will be joined by a host of special guest artists.
More Details or to purchase tickets

Also at the Palladium in St. Petersburg, FL ...
The SPC Concert Chorus presents its annual: Candlelight Concert
Saturday, 12/18/10 - 03:00 PM
$5.00 The SPC Concert Chorus, 140 voices under the direction of Vernon Taranto, Jr., presents its annual: Candlelight Concert A Christmas Season Spectacular celebrating our favorite time of year.
More Details or to purchase tickets

And in January ...
Side Door Jazz:
Nate Najar Trio featuring Harry Allen on sax
Thursday, 01/06/11 - 07:30 PM
NYC Saxophone sensation Harry Allen joins the Nate Najar Trio in the Side Door Cabaret. Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997, Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia.
More Details or to purchase tickets

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra
With children's tickets for only $10, the whole family can come to the HSO's Holiday POPS! Spectacular this Saturday! What is your favorite childhood memory about the holidays?
Where: Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell When: Saturday, December 18 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Ticket information is available on their website,, or by calling (860) 244-2999.

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us) Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events
Trade Regrets - Zeb Billings

Unfortunately we've lost another one of our own.
The following is from the NAMM web site:
"Zeb Billings opened Billings Pianos in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1956 beginning a long and celebrated career in the music industry. With great success as a retailer, Zeb branched out into publishing when he saw the need to include packets of sheet music in the bench of every piano sold."
More on Zeb

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Interesting Stats & Stuff

What is a Piano Forums Piano Party?
It's when members get together with other members (and their non-member spouses/friends/neighbors) to share their common bond - - the piano.
Most piano parties are held at a members home. Typically everyone brings something to the festivities (food, drink, etc.). And everyone takes turns playing the piano(s).
Pictures are a must! We love to see pictures and hear the stories.

Like to see some good examples? Check out this area on the forums... Forums Members Parties, Tours, & Cruises

And while you are checking things out, check out our Fun Stuff category. Most of the posts in here are off topic, but they're fun!
Fun Stuff

Interesting and/or Fun Stuff

Miscellaneous stuff that didn't exactly fit any other categories...
Please note, any piano manufacturers or other businesses mentioned in this section did NOT pay for the mention, I just found the stuff interesting and wanted to share.

World's oldest piano maker tunes in to furniture design
Pleyel, one of the world's oldest piano makers is moving into furniture design and building. After I posted this thread a number of people posted comments about other piano makers who have been involved in furniture. Makes for an interesting read. World's Oldest Piano Maker Thread

National Piano Travelers Association (NPTA) Anybody know when and where the 2011 meeting will be?

It's Only 4 Weeks Away!
As usual I'd like to know who plans on attending the show.
We plan to be there the Jan 13-17. If anyone would like to meet up to say hi, grab a drink and/or food, or talk business (perhaps you'd like to advertise on the world's most popular piano web site, or bestow a huge grant upon us?), please let me know. NAMM 2011 Thread

Need a Laugh? The adventures in "Let's Talk Weddings" Continue...
If you haven't visited this thread yet, do yourself a favor, check it out. If you have been following it, make sure you catch up with the latest chapters.
Let's Talk Weddings

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