In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

July 2014

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Piano World Goes to Portugal!

Thanks to forums member Carlos Carvalho and his wife Ana, an international group of our piano forums members met for what looks like a fantastic piano party in Lisbon, Portugal.
The European Piano Party - Lisbon Portugal - July 2014 Pictures and posts from the wonderful party organized and hosted by Carlos & Ana Carvalho! Pictures & Posts
How the party was organized... Organizing the EPP (European Piano Party).

Many thanks to Carlos, Ana, and their family for all their hard work.
If you plan to, or would like to hold your own Piano Party, please let us know.
Not sure what a piano party is? Check out the links above, and this forum Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings

Concerts, Recitals & Competitions

Robin Spielberg in Concert - in Maine!

Our friend and forums member Robin Spielberg will be playing two concerts in Maine. July 31 at The Opera at Boothbay Harbor and Aug. 1 at Jonathan's in Ogunquit.
Kathy and I will be at the one in Oqunquit, in fact we will be sitting right up front at table 229 (last I checked there were still two seats at our table).

Robin is a pianist, composer, actress, and author. She is a multi-talented and much in demand entertainer, yet she is a warm, humble and approachable person too.

Ticket Information & Details about Robin's Concerts Here

About Jonathan's...
In 1976, Jonathan West purchased what was then, his parent's home and turned it into a restaurant! Over the years Jonathan has renovated, added-on dining rooms, a second floor, fish tank, etc. The business has grown from a small one dining room bar and restaurant to one of the largest restaurants in all of Maine. The West family has been in the hospitality industry in York County for over eighty years now. From hotels, bars, and restaurants the family still has a strong presence and continues to pass it on to the next generations.

From their website ( "Welcome to Jonathan's Ogunquit, where you can find casual-fine dining, a contemporary lounge atmosphere, exquisite gardens, a 600-Gallon Fish Tank, Meeting Rooms to suit every meeting planner... "

Noah Landis - Lowell, MA
Sat Sept 6th 4pm
Doors open at 3pm
Reception to follow.

This performance will be the culmination-and a reflection-of Noah's 13 years of classical and jazz piano study, in which he has delved deeply into both genres. The evening's eclectic repertoire will feature repertoire drawn from four centuries of musical invention, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Gabriel Fauré, and will segue into more recent "classics" by virtuoso Oscar Peterson and other jazz masters. Special guest Paul Dykstra will also join him for a two-piano treat. There really is something for all musical tastes at this unique evening's entertainment!

Click Here for Details About Noah & the Concert

E. J. Buck & Sons
Lowell MA 01852

Martin Malmgren
Pianist and Piano Forums member Martin Malmgren will be performing in Helsinki, Finland.

August 14
Camerata, Musiikkitalo, Helsinki
"Young Summer Artists" concert
Piano works by Couperin, Chabrier, Debussy and Ravel. The concert also includes chamber music, lied and Hindemith's Kammermusik ('Klavierkonzert') op. 36 nr 1, with chamber orchestra conducted by Sasha Mäkilä

September 13th
Martin will be performing the strangely neglected Prokofiev 5th piano concerto, which he played in a competition (and was fortunate to win) in Finland in March this year.
He will be performing this concerto two more times in 2015, with Lahti Sinfonia conducted by Dalia Stasevska, in Hämeenlinna and in Lahti. The concert in September, however, again takes place in Helsinki, with the SE Ensemble conducted by the young but already well-established Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Shosta 1st concerto:
Mikkeli, Martti Talvela-sali Shostakovich Piano Concerto nr 1, with St Michels Strings conducted by Markku Laakso

An Update from Forums Member, Pianist Kevin Kern:
I'll be in South Korea, Pyeongchang to be exact, for the Special Olympics of Korea Music Festival, August 5-9.
I will be teaching a Master Class to several gifted students on Thursday, August 7 and performing a solo piano concert on Friday, August 8 at the Alphensia Music Tent.
One of the students from my Master Class will perform during my concert. Information on the Festival is here (though it is in Korean).

Keith Emerson Playing in NY!

The South Shore Symphony:
The Classical Legacy of a Rock Star
Featuring: Keith Emerson

Scott Jackson Wiley: Conductor and Music Director
Keith Emerson: Glorietta's Pass (conducted by Keith Emerson)
Keith Emerson: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1977)
Jeffrey Biegel: Piano Soloist
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Keith Emerson: Solo version of Tarkus
Keith Emerson: Pianist
Keith Emerson: Honky Tonk Train Blues
Keith Emerson with members of the orchestra

Details Keith Emerson Jeffrey Biegel Concert!

Piano Masterclass Enharmonia with world renown professors
International Music Academy Enharmonia is a new academy born to connect young pianists with world renown professors. In September 2014 (19th-28th) we will hold our first Masterclass in Estepona (Spain).
DETAILS Piano Masterclass Enharmonia

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

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

The Princess
(An excerpt from Robin Goldsby's book, Waltz of the Asparagus People: The Further Adventures of Piano Girl Courtesy of Bass Lion Publishing and long time piano forums member Robin Goldsby)...

There's a buzz in the castle lobby this evening.

Visiting dignitaries from a faraway, exotic land checked into Schlosshotel Lerbach last month, and the staff is still pretty excited about having them here. The entourage, which includes a real-life princess, has taken over a dozen of the best guest rooms. Her Highness hails from a part of the world where women, especially royal women, are seldom seen in public, and her presence has bumped the Schloss intrigue up a notch or two. The princess has her own airplane and a fleet of luxury cars and drivers. I see the cars every weekend when I arrive for my piano job–they are shiny and black and royal looking, and parked in formation in a roped-off section of the inner courtyard. The princess has a private entrance to the hotel, and the staff sets up screens so she can negotiate her way to the elevator without anyone seeing her.

Schlosshotel Lerbach has a Michelin three-star restaurant as well as a top-rated hotel kitchen, but the princess has brought her own cook, dishes, and silverware. Several members of the entourage staff a private royal kitchen, built exclusively for the princess in one of the upstairs hallways. I've heard from the housekeeping department that Her Highness's wardrobe, delivered via a large truck, includes new robes and dresses for each of the hundred days she'll be staying with us.

I never see Her Highness, but I know she's here–the scent of myrrh wafts from her living quarters into the main hall of the castle. I daydream while I play the piano and wonder if she's listening. I've tried to learn some popular songs from her country, but it's almost impossible for my Western ears to adjust to the odd intervals and rhythms. I wonder if she has the same problem with my music.

I'm on a first-name basis with Her Highness's security team–not that anyone needs security in this place. I check out the bodyguards, disguised as customers, and wonder if they're packing heat. I could have used a couple of these guys back in New York City–Manhattan hotel lobbies are breeding grounds for stalkers, perverts, and con artists. Nothing criminal ever happens here at the Schloss, except on the nights when they have murder-mystery dinners. Still, it's nice to have the security team around. One never knows when a flying espresso cup or a plate of fois gras might endanger a guest. Or me.

The hotel is filled with purple and dark-pink orchids, because the princess loves them.

Inspired by the spring evening I start my set with a song I wrote called "Magnolia." A guard sits by the fireplace and drinks tea. I wonder where he's hiding his weapon.

Between last night and this evening, the magnolia trees in the park have bloomed, perhaps in honor of Her Highness. The black swans, Kongo and Greta, are swimming around the little lake, and an early spring bride–resplendent in a sugar-plum-fairy dress–has entered the castle from the terrace and graced the lobby with her presence. The brides of May possess a certain sophistication not found in the high-summer brides. They are calmer–more confident and serene. Maybe the scent of magnolia relaxes them.

I play for the bride, I play for the princess, I play for myself, and I play for my daughter, Julia, who has come with me to the Schloss this evening. She also plays the piano and may well be able to sit in for me in a few years. But tonight she's not particularly interested in music. She's hoping to catch a glimpse of the princess, even though I keep explaining that no one ever gets to actually see her.

"How can you be a princess if nobody sees you?" she asks. "Isn't that the whole point?" "Maybe so," I say. "Who knows–maybe you'll get lucky and she'll appear." "Wow," she says. "It smells great in here." "That's myrrh. It's the princess's incense. She's here, even if you can't see her." "Yep," she says, taking a deep breath of the perfumed air. "There's a princess here. I can feel it."

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New Instruments in our Collection
We collect various musical instruments, typically older non-playing pieces we find at yard sales. These two keyboard instruments were built by a woodworker. One (the blue one) was a kit, the other (green) he designed and built himself. They both sound like harpsichords, using metal hammer heads to strike the strings.
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The Healing Power of Music & Joy of Playing Piano (Robin Spielberg)
Powerful and poignant. Worth your time to watch and listen. A wonderful story about the healing power of music, the joy of music, and the joy of playing the piano. The Healing Power of Music Watch, Listen, Enjoy!

U.S. Treasury auctioning off Steinway Art Case Concert Grand U.S. Treasury Steinway
Interesting looking piano. And if that isn't enough for you, they are also auctioning high end sports cars, boats, motorcycles and lots more.

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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.

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