In-Tune, the Piano World Piano Forums Newsletter

March 2011

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Join the Piano Lovers Tour! Who Makes the Worlds Best Piano? ...

Who Makes the Worlds Best Piano? ...

That's a loaded question, but we may be able to help you find the answer.

Join us on the tour we've created just for piano and music lovers and you'll have the opportunity to see firsthand how four of Europe's finest piano makers ply their craft. Watch them being built, touch them, play them, hear them. And that's not all, please read on...

And now a great tour has gotten even better!

We have 19 people committed to the tour, we only need one more and everyone saves $500.00!

Come on, we created this tour especially for you. Check out this itinerary, custom designed with the piano & music lover in mind.

If you aren't already signed up, go here for the details and join us for the piano and music lovers tour of a lifetime, and please bring someone to share it with if you can.

If you are signed up already, great, can't wait to meet you in Germany.

This tour includes much more than piano shops. For Example:
  • Hamburg Steinway Tour (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Steingraber u.Sohne Tour (Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Bluthner Tour (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Bosendorfer 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!

Live Piano Music?

We are still collecting details about places to hear live piano music.
Restaurants, Piano Bars, Clubs, etc.
If you know of any we can add to the list (thread) please post the details in this thread.
Check it out today... Live Piano Music
Concerts & Competitions

On Saturday 5/3/2011 at 9 pm (italian time), "Martha Argerich Presents Project" makes its debut in Italy at Teatro Miela of Triest!

"Martha Argerich Presents Project" wants to support music and promote artistic collaboration among musicians of different age, background and professional studies, and Martha Argerich is the Artistic Director of this important project.
This concert is "Baires", a journey through argentinian atmosphere, from folk songs to old and new tango, with Daniel Rivera, Gabriele Baldocci, Riccardo Radivo, Chiara Della Porta, Enrico Fagone, Barbara Luccini and Lyda Chen Argerich!

Follow the concert on
Music: Guastavino, Piazzolla, Villoldo, Rivera, Ginastera, Aguirre, Gardel, Bacalov, Ziegler, Donato.

PianoForte Foundation Concerts - April - Chicago

Huydts: Sonatines for Viola and Piano
Broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and
Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
FREE admission


Musical Gastronomy: Inspired by Alinea
Bridging the gaps between old and new, Michael Kirkendoll is one of the most exciting pianists of his generation. His musical tasting menu will include works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Ligeti, and living composers.
Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor
$20 / $10 students—includes complimentary reception with the artist
For tickets: or (312) 291-0291


Piano | Poetry
Poets and pianists inspire each other with performances of contemporary music and writing, featuring pianists Ari Brown and Mabel Kwan, and poets Reginald Gibbons, Christina Pugh, Ed Roberson, and Rachel Jamison Webster. Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 10th Floor
$20 / $10 students
For tickets: or (312) 291-0291

Submitted by member TerryTunes:
Patricia & Michael Frederick have put into place another enjoyable concert season beginning Sunday, 17 April. The following info for the concert season can be found here

Pat & Micheal, over the course of the past year, have overcome any & all obstacles presented to them in having a secure location for their historic collection/study center. They are now able to devote their time into what they enjoy most; the beautiful period instruments made available to the public & the spring & fall concerts.

If you happen to be in the area or live within driving distance to Ashburnham, MA, I highly recommend taking the opportunity to be in attendance for a concert. There is nothing quite as elegant as hearing a period instrument being played by one of the many artists who have appeared at concerts and who understand the tonal qualities these lovingly cared for instruments can produce.

Please join us on Facebook in a show of support for Pat & Mike Frederick and their immense contributions to support classical musical & period instruments. www.facebook/frederickhistoricalpianocollection

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
When Is a Porch Not a Porch?

When it's a music room.

As many of you know I've been working on converting the screen porch on my mobile home down here in Florida to a music room for a while now.
Considering how hot it is here for a major portion of the year, the screen porch was pretty much useless to me.
Because the porch was added on to the front of the coach (they call a mobile home a coach) after the fact, the wall between it and the coach was an outside wall, complete with aluminum siding, sliding glass doors, and Florida (wind out) windows.

Now it's a fully closed in well insulated "music room". Pictures here on my Facebook page

Now it's just waiting for my NEW PIANO! Read the thread about my new piano here: My Music Room Takes on New Importance
Interesting Stats & Stuff

Our best single month Numbers Ever!
December 2010 turned in our best traffic numbers ever. Year over year our traffic just continues to build. One interesting number that's not listed in the post (link below) is outbound clicks. That's because until very recently we didn't have the capability to measure them.
Turns out in one week (Feb. 28 - March 6, 2011) we had 34,293 Outbound Clicks.
Outbound clicks represent our advertiser's ads, our affiliate programs, and links listed throughout our site. Best Numbers

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

Do You Own a Dog? Could You Help My Daughter?

My daughter is working on a degree in animal behavior (taking 3 classes and maintaining a 4.0 average), while she works full time running her own pet care / dog walking business.
As part of her degree program she has designed a questionnaire about dog behavior. If you have (or had) a dog it would be a big help to her if you'd take a few minutes to take her survey (and a favor to me).
Dog Behavior Survey Details Here
Fun and/or Interesting Stuff

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

A Winter Poem
For those of you still experiencing winter weather (he says while typing in his office with all the windows open and wearing a sleeveless t-shirt and shorts), here is a little humor. Winter Poem Humor

Pilots Vs Air Traffic Controllers - Funny Stuff
If you know anything about flying this will crack you up, heck even if you don't it's funny. I've taken a few flying lessons and read lots of books, plus my niece is a flight attendant, so I get a little more of it than someone without any background. Pilots Vs Air Traffic Controllers

What Animals Do When You're Not Home
Added even more funny stuff. If you've seen this thread before, see it again. If you haven't, check it out. What Animals Do

For the fun of it - Oxymorons Oxymorons

Sue Keller on YouTube
Sue is a forums member and a wonderful ragtime pianist. She was at our last Piano Forums party on Cape Cod and we all so enjoyed her playing (and singing, and joking, and stories). Sue Keller Ragtime Piano
By the way, we are working on holding another Cape Cod Piano Forums Party this year, probably in October. Hoping to combine it with a tour of the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory.

Talk about getting into your piano playing... Really Getting Into the Piano

NAMM 2011
Posted some Pictures on Facebook. I know, NAMM was three months ago, the pictures have been up for a while. NAMM 2011 Pictures

New to Piano World?
If you are new to Piano World and/or the Forums, or you haven't explored the rest of our web site, take a look at our Site Map / Directory

Know of a Good Thread?
If you have been following a thread (or started one) you think we should add to this list, let me know ( ) . We may include it in the next issue of this newsletter

By the way, to find some of the threads for the above listings, I simply visited the Active Topics for Past 48 Hours link ( Active Topics - 48 Hours ). You can easily check out the Active Topics or Active Posts for the past 24 hours, 40 hours, or 7 days. You can even look at just the posts that haven't been answered.
Interested in a Thankless Job with No Pay?

Then have we got a deal for you!
We're looking for a few good Mods (moderators) to help out our current team.
You have to be tolerant, thick-skinned, not bring your own agenda into moderating, and be willing to keep an eye on posts in the forum(s) you are assigned. Yes, you can ask for a particular forum but there are no guarantees. We have to assign moderators where they are needed.

Although we can't pay you, there is the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to keep the forums running smoothly, and most members really do appreciate your efforts even if they don't tell you so.

If you think you might be interested in helping, please read this thread first, then contact me if you're still interested. Moderators Wanted
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