In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

September 2014

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An End of Summer Short Newsletter
I'll keep this one brief, but I wanted to make sure we checked in with all of you.
I hope you had a great summer, and those of you in the northern climates (like us up here in Maine) are enjoying the fall foliage. It will soon be winter in our area, a good time to practice the piano more often.

The next newsletter will have more content, speaking of which we're always looking for ideas to include in the newsletter (articles, stories, fun stuff, upcoming concerts and competitions, good threads, etc.

Piano Parties in Swizterland & Italy!
The planning continues for a piano party in Switzerland in 2015, followed by one in Italy in 2016! See some details Here
Kathy and I hope to be able to attend the one in Italy (we'd love to attend both but finances won't support it). We're also planning to put together a European Piano Tour that encompasses Italy and possibly parts of Germany and Austria, still in the very early stages (also for 2016). Let us know if you might be interested (

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

Concerts, Recitals & Competitions

Doug Johnson - Jazz Clinic & Concert, Oct 12th 1:30 - Lowell, MA

Doug Johnson, Berklee School Jazz piano professor will teach a clinic from 1:30 to 3pm and then from 4pm to 5:30pm will give us a Jazz Piano Concert.

Refreshments will be offered during the one hour break.

Cost for all of this is just $25.00

I hope everyone will attend, it helps us continue to bring these events.

Stay tuned, putting the final touches on an early Nov perf. from a very well known NYC performer !!!

-- E. J. Buck & Sons
Custom Piano Service
171 Lincoln St.
Lowell MA 01852
(978) 458-8688

The following list of competitions was provided by our friends at Clavier Companion

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

The 2015 Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artist
Cleveland, OH May 13-22
Application deadline December 1, 2014

2015 Valletta International Piano Competition
Valletta, Malta
February 6-9
Application deadline December 5, 2014

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

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!

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

A Bit Off Topic - The Haunting at Parsonsfield Seminary
Haunted House - Parsonsfield Seminary
The best haunted happening in New England!

Kathy and I have the privilege of being part of the team this year and we couldn't be more excited! If you'd like to experience a truly haunting Halloween experience, this is the one.
A huge team of volunteers turns this 19th century school into one of the best haunted houses you'll ever see.
And if that isn't enough to spook you, you should know that the place is considered by many to actually be haunted (I've already "met" a few of the inhabitants).

This years theme is The Adams Family invites The Munsters (and assorted other goulish friends).
And it does tie in with music, because I will be playing the organ - - - as The Phantom of the Opera! Kathy will be Lily from The Munsters.

From the Maine Observer:
Maine Observer: Seminary makes good spot for haunting
An annual event in Parsonsfield is frightening even for those old enough to know better.
Halloween is scarier than usual at "The Haunting" at Parsonsfield Seminary. It is a beautiful 19th-century campus that lives and breathes in secluded solitude.
Grown men hired to work on the building alone have been known to leave the grounds never to return for the feeling of "being watched."

Join us for the 8th annual Haunting at Parsonsfield Seminary -- If you DARE! (and please share this with your friends, if you think they are up to it)
Additional Details On the ParSem Haunting Facebook Page

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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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