In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

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December 2014 Holiday Issue

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Concert Pianist to Perform for his 100th Birthday!

Frank Glazer Concert Pianist Currently 99 years young, pianist Frank Glazer will be performing a number of concerts next year in celebration of turning 100.
One of his concerts is being presented by the Sacopee Valley Festival Association (a group Kathy and I belong to), at USM in Gorham Maine. This is your opportunity to meet and hear a living legend, a true gentleman, and a gifted musician.

The following bio excerpt is from the Bates College web site...

"Frank Glazer, Artist-in-Residence, before coming to Bates was Professor of Piano on the Artist Faculty of the Eastman School of Music. A concert pianist, he has performed throughout the world and played with leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Glazer gives frequent solo recitals on campus, as well as performances with the Bates College Orchestra and with students, faculty, and guest artists."

If you would like to stay informed about this concert, or better yet would like to join us let me know and I will put you on our list.
Seating is limited and we expect to sell out. (please put Frank Glazer Concert in the subject line).
Olga Vinokur Concert - NY

Olga Vinokur Concert Pianist December 12 at 8 PM in New York

Olga Vinokur is a acclaimed pianist and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene who is gaining recognition for "the strength and consistency of her artistry" as noted by NY Times. She has appeared in US and internationally as recitalist, with orchestra and chamber musician in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rudolfinum in Prague, King's Place in London, Shangai Oriental Art Center among many others.
Olga Vinokur Concert Details

Robin Spielberg in NH

Pianist Robin Spielberg
Friend and forums member Robin Spielberg will be performing at an intimate venue in N. Sutton New Hampshire this coming Saturday, December 6th. I believe there are a couple of tickets left. Kathy and I will be there and would love to see you at the concert!
Details about Robin Spielberg Concert

Piano Parties!
We love piano parties! If you are planning to hold one, please let us know. Piano parties are a great way to share your love of playing (and listening) and an opportunity to get non-players interested.

Not sure what a piano party is? Check out the links above, and this forum Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings

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Concerts, Recitals & Competitions

New York Chamber Players Concert
Thursday December 4th at 8.00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall
129 W.67th St New York City
Featuring the 3 winners of the 4th Annual Music Competition - Patron Mr.Eric Neil Koenig . The Artistic Director is honored to feature these 3 high level prodigies .
NYCP Concert Details

Piano Concert, 2 Pianos Dec 19
WALLA WALLA - Mark Brown and Gary Hemenway will perform on dual grand pianos on Friday, Dec. 19. The "Holidays in Ivory" concert is a benefit for Friends of Children of Walla Walla.
Walla Walla Piano Concert Details

Richard Goode - Piano Concert
Dec 5 at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

Richard Goode, acclaimed as "one of the titans of the piano repertoire" by the San Francisco Classical Voice, returns to Bates for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

In his decades-long career, Goode has established a reputation for mastery of Classical and Romantic literature. He has made more than two dozen recordings throughout his career, from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos.

"America has produced few pianists at Goode's level of achievement," writes the Chicago Tribune. "Very few of his generation can touch him in his core repertory." Richard Goode Piano Concert Details

Are You The Complete Pianist?
Honens 2015
The Honens International Piano Competition takes place every three years as part of the Honens Festival—Canada's International Festival of Piano.

The Competition searches for an emerging Complete Pianist—a 21st century artist for 21st century audiences. The Honens Prize Laureate is awarded $100,000 CAN and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars—the largest prize of its kind.
Honens Piano Competition Details

High Point University 2015 Inaugural Piano Competition
$10,000 in prizes awarded among 3 finalists
For pianists, ages 15-25 who reside in the United States.
Details of High Point Piano Competition

Xavier University Classical Piano Series
Information about the 2015 Piano Series Xavier University Piano Series

The Cleveland International Piano Competition
Junior Division
First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
Third Prize: $2,500

Senior Division
First Prize, presented by Zoya Reyzis: $25,000
Second Prize: $10,000
Third Prize: $5,000
CIPC Young Artists Competition Details

The Cliburn - International Junior Piano Competition & Festival For exceptional Pianists age 13-17
Applications Available Now
Applications Due: January 9, 2015

Cliburn Competition Details

2015 Valletta International Piano Competition
Valletta, Malta
February 6-9

Valletta Piano Competition Details

2015 Concerto Competition "Theodor Leschetizky"
New York April 18-19
(Winner's Concert April 22)
Application deadline February 6, 2015

2015 Concerto Competition Theodor Leschetizky Details
Have you visited the member recordings forums?
This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members. One is a sub forum in the Pianist Corner which features primarily classical music. Member Recordings - Pianist Corner

The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music. Member Recordings - General

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). Don't forget to keep an eye on the forum below for news of upcoming concerts, competitions, and special (piano) events. Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events

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Posting Pictures in the Forums

We are often asked how to post pictures in the forums. There is a Picture Gallery Forum specifically here to make this easier. First, please understand that we much prefer you upload a copy of your pictures to our servers using this gallery feature, or our older uploader, rather than just linking to them hosted elsewhere.
We constantly find that pictures linked from one of the free services on the web inevitably end up with broken links.

Our picture gallery tool automatically creates three size pictures. Thumb, Medium (best for display in a forum thread) and Full (full original size of the image you uploaded).
Essentially the steps are:
1.) Upload your pictures to the gallery 2.) Copy and paste the url for each picture where you want them in your post (each picture will have the correct syntax for embedding the picture in your thread).

Full instructions for using the gallery can be found here... Posting Pictures in the Forums

Fun & Interesting Stuff

Two Keyboard Piano
For This Piano Man, Two Are Better Than One Christopher Taylor Performs at the Met on Rare Two-Keyboard Piano
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What Playing a Musical Instrument Does to Your Brain!
Ever wonder if musician's brains are different?
Need some facts to help convince your child's school they should keep their music programs?
This little video just might be what you need. It goes beyond speculation, using actual scientific studies that show how wonderful playing a musical instrument can be for your brain.
What Playing a Musical Instrument Does for Your Brain!

"Casablanca Piano" sells for $3.4 Million!
The letters of transit - "signed by General de Gaulle, cannot be rescinded, not even questioned" - were hidden under its unusual hinged lid. It is golden yellow with touches of green and gold, a surprise to people who know it only from its black-and-white adolescence. It has a wad of chewing gum in a place where a wad of chewing gum really should not be.

It is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Casablanca Piano Sale Details

At Nearly 100, World-Renowned Pianist Frank Glazer Still 'Getting Better'
TOPSHAM, Maine - Concert pianist Frank Glazer, who has lived in Maine for more than 30 years, is preparing to celebrate his 100th birthday. The internationally-renowned performer, who still holds a position as artist in residence at Bates College, spoke recently with Tom Porter at his home in Topsham about his early experiences in music and how they have shaped his approach to the piano.

In between yoga sessions, work outs with his personal trainer and writing letters to fans, Glazer still finds time to practice daily. "I'm as active as I was in junior high school," he says.
More About Frank Glazer

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Are You Taking Care of Your Piano?

Piano Need Tuning? Did you know your piano should be tuned at least twice a year?
As a piano tuner I sometimes receive calls from customers who tell me they aren't sure if their piano actually needs to be tuned. Let's think about this. Have you ever watched a violinist in an orchestra? They often tune up before every piece, and they only have four strings to contend with. The average piano has about 235 strings! And how do you make music on a piano? By whacking those strings with felt wrapped devices called hammers!
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.

And it isn't just playing that knocks your piano out of tune, changes in temperature and humidity cause all those wood components of your piano to swell and shrink, helping to stretch and shrink the string lengths, contributing to driving the piano out of tune.
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.

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