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September 2011

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Frank's New Piano

For all of you who have been patiently waiting for me to reveal (admit?) the brand of my new piano, this is the thread.

For those who insisted they already know what it is, and couldn't resist telling everyone, shame on you for trying to ruin our fun. For those who claimed to know (and the few who actually did) and chose to go along with the game, thank you for playing along.

For those who were reasonably sure they guessed right, the answer will be revealed shortly in the thread.

And finally, for those who have no clue what I'm talking about, I've been stringing people along (pun intended) about my new piano for quite some time now. Mostly because the game was fun, but also partly because I just didn't have the time to put this together correctly.

So, click the link and read the thread about Frank's New Piano
Cape Cod Piano Party Oct. 8!

Join us for a fun filled Piano Party on beautiful Cape Cod the same weekend as the Mason & Hamlin tour. We planned it that way on purpose, knowing some people will be traveling a good distance to attend the tour.
By having the piano party the same weekend we're hoping many of the people taking the M&H tour will join us for the party.
Cape Cod Piano Party
NOTE:If you plan to join us for the Cape Cod Piano Party, PLEASE EMAIL ME with your name, forums name, and the number of people. Also, please check the Cape Cod Piano Party post on the forums for important details.
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tour Friday Oct. 7!

As always happens a few people have had to drop out last minute. Now is your chance to join this wonderful tour.

NOTE: If you signed up to join the tour you MUST CONFIRM with me ( that you are still coming!
We are still waiting to hear back from a number of people who said they wanted to join the tour.
(if you already contacted me in the past week, no need to contact me again)

INCLUDE: Your Name, Forums Name, Location, Phone (we need these details for Mason & Hamlin, we won't post them). Be sure to use Mason & Hamlin Tour in your subject line.
If you aren't going to be able to make it, please let us know right away so we can give your slot to an alternate.

If you signed up as an alternate, we've had a couple people drop out, we will be following up with the alternates (in the order listed in the thread on the forums).

Those who have taken the tour know what a wonderful experience it is. Those that haven't ... here's your chance! We have two tours scheduled for the day.

Join us for an exciting Tour of the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Friday Oct. 7, 2011
Mason & Hamlin Tour Details - Click Here
Piano Tour of Germany & Austria
Our tour of Germany & Austria in June was amazing! As many of you know we organized a tour in Germany and Austria of piano factories, composer's homes, music museums, and much more.

A few of us have posted pictures of the tour in a thread on the forums, as well as in a photo gallery on the forums. I've also posted lots of pictures on my FaceBook page.

The advantage of posting them in the photo gallery is that is shows a thumbnail, medium image, and allows you to click on the medium image to bring up the full size original.
If you were with us for the tour, please be sure to share your pictures and comments.
If you missed the tour, you missed a great time. Let us know if you'd be interested in joining us for the next tour. The tour was incredible, we had such a wonderful time.

You can see some pictures and comments in the following thread, please check it out... Piano & Musical Tour - Europe 2011 Click Here for Pictures and Reports Now!
Four of us actually started somewhere else, you can read about it in the Frank's New Piano thread listed at the top of this newsletter.
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

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Do You Visit Our Other Forums?
Wanna Know Why You Should?

Do you ever visit our other forums?
What do I mean? Many of our members (and guests) find a specific forum from our list and stay with that one forum.

Now if you are primarily interested in discussing playing the piano with other pianist, you probably do want to mostly visit the Pianist Corner, or the Pianist Corner - Non Classical.

If you are searching for a new piano or curious about your old/current one, you likely want to be visiting the forum called Piano Forum.
Even so, you may find it interesting to pop into the Piano Tuner-Technician's forum, or the Teachers Forum occasionally just to see what is going on.

Or maybe drop in on the Digital Piano Forum to see what the latest keyboards are all about and what people are saying about them.

Did you even know we have an entire section of forums Just For Fun?
That's right, a collection of forums of stuff just for fun.

Than we have the Mechanical Music Forum for discussions about player pianos, nickelodians, music boxes, and other mechanical musical instruments.

There's even one for Organs including electronic (think B3), theatre, and pipe.

If that's not enough, try our Directory for information about some of the other 1000+ pages of Piano World. You'll even find music related jigsaw puzzles you can do online, and music word searches we created.

So see, there's lots to explore on Piano World if you're curious enough to check it out.

Making Music Magazine

Concerts & Competitions

NOTE: Additional Concert Information can be found here: Concerts, Recitals, Competitions

Jeffrey Biegel the highly sought after concert pianist (and I might add, member of our piano forums) will be performing in New Orleans October 29th with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His performances will include the World Premier of Shadows for Piano and Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. We plan to drive up from southwest Florida for this concert, hope to see you there.

For those who may not be familiar with Mr. Biegel:
Having created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer, and arranger, Jeffrey Biegel's electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch has received international critical acclaim. Known for his standard-setting performances of the standard repertoire, Biegel's recent recordings include Bach On A Steinway, the inaugural recording on the Steinway label; Leroy Anderson's Concerto in C, conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Naxos); Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Millennium Fantasy and Peanuts Gallery with the Florida State University Orchestra (Naxos); as well as the Complete Sonatas by Mozart (E1).
(Jeffrey's Profile on Piano World)

Ms. Zwilich will also be offering a Master Class the day before (Oct. 28), free admission.

Oct. 29

8 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5; Jeffrey Biegel, piano; Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées; Zwillich: Shadows for Piano and Orchestra (world premiere); Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Details and Ticket Information For the Jeffrey Biegel / LSO Concert

Jazz Pianist Mike Markaverich
Sunday October 16 Clearwater Jazz Holiday appearance with Ernie Williford on bass and Johnny Moore on drums. This is a FREE event with 4 full days of Jazz in Clearwater, Florida
Friday, November 4 Jazz @ 2 concert for the Jazz Club of Sarasota @ the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota,FL (2-4 PM) with Ernie Williford and Johnny Moore. (Mike's Profile on Piano World)

October Events from PianoForte (Chicago, IL area)

Works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin
Broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and

Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave. 12:15 PM
FREE admission
For more information: or (312) 291-0291

Schumann Sketches
Frederick Moyer’s exacting artistry & musical innovation have earned worldwide acclaim. He plays sketches of previously unknown Schumann works, first unveiled in 2009, alongside other pieces.

410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825 7:00 PM
$20 ($10 students)
For more information: or (312) 291-0291

Liszt’s 200th Birthday Bash
PianoForte Foundation’s annual benefit concert and reception features internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Swann in a Liszt-themed performance, in celebration of the legendary composer’s 200th birthday.

410 S. Michigan Ave., Curtiss Hall (10th Floor) 6:00-9:00 PM For more information: (312) 291-0291

David Thomas Roberts - In Concert Sat, 10/01/2011 7:30pm - 9:30pm Classic Pianos Recital Hall , Portland, OR David Thomas Roberts

International Independent Music Competition "Individuals" in Ukraine.
The participants should send only their video recording which makes the competition open and easy to participate for musicians from everywhere. Music Competition

Nov. 13 - Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin in New Orleans Marc-Andre Hamelin Musical Arts Society of New Orleans is presenting M.A.H. in a gala, black-tie event.

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
What Piano Brands Are Currently in Production?

I am trying to compile a complete list of acoustic piano brands currently in production. I'm constantly surprised by how many people think there are only a handful of brands still being made.
I'm primarily interested in actual brands, not stencil names stuck on someone else's piano.
Stencils by the way should not be confused with pianos built to specifications that set the piano apart from others. A gray area I know, and probably food for another discussion in a different thread.

Sticking with acoustic pianos for this list. What Piano Brands Are in Production Now?

Pianoteq Create your own piano with Pianoteq!

Pianoteq is a unique physical modelled piano software that lets you create your own piano. It also offers a range of beautiful historical instruments such as pianoforte, harpsichords, vibraphones and electro-acoustic pianos.

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Interesting and/or Fun Stuff
Tommy Johnson - Keyboard Player
Kathy and I had the pleasure of catching Tommy playing not far from where I live. A fun entertainer and a talented guy. If you get a chance to catch him, do it. (those of you in the trades likely know him from his days as a performing rep and at the trade shows).

Highlights from the Kansas City PTG Convention (I know, it was months ago, but it won't hurt to see what was going on). PTG Convention
(I may be at the next PTG meeting, in Washington in 2012)

How to Make a Grand Piano out of Legos Lego Grand Piano
Speaking of Legos, a new LegoLand Park just opened down here in Orlando, FL. Just one more way we can help you out-of-state folks part with your money :-) Let's see, now we have 4 Disney Parks, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Silver Springs, Wonder Works, Hard Rock Casino ... all in or near (within 1 hour drive) Orlando.
And of course, Frank Baxter's house where you can enjoy free live piano music.

Piano Guys Day Off (clever video)... Piano Guys Day Off

Anderson & Roe Ragtime alla Turca
Some of you may already be familiar with this piano duet team, fun to watch/hear. Anderson & Row

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