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#89858 - 01/03/08 10:01 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates  
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i'm leaving for ny on saturday, and won't have regular internet access after tomorrow.

if people want to arrange to get together for dinner after the pianothon and book a restaurant, please go ahead. you can always email me through the "contact" form on the book's website.

www.grandobsession.com

see you there!


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here's what will probably be the final update on the new york city events:

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Friday, January 11, 2008, 7 pm, Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center, 1972 Broadway at West 66th St. (212) 595-6859. Perri will read, take questions, and sign books. Then Gabor Fuchs, Mikhail Pais, and Lex Korten perform classical and jazz on a Bösendorfer grand provided by Beethoven Pianos. Fuchs, trained at Moscow Conservatory, has been celebrated for his “sweeping, virtuosic flair” by The New York Times. His U.S. engagements have included Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. Pais, 17, began his piano studies at the age of six at the Shostakovich Music School in Russia, and is the winner of multiple competitions. Korten, 13, is a jazz phenomenon who has lately been holding audiences spellbound in clubs around Manhattan.

(note to pw members--lex is grotriman's son!)

Saturday, January 12, 2008, 1:30-6:30 pm, the inaugural Piano Row “Pianothon,” celebrating the inception of the new Piano Row Association. West 58th Street between Broadway and Seventh Ave. Beethoven Pianos, Klavierhaus, Bechstein Piano Centre, and Faust Harrison Pianos host readings, a technical demonstration, performances, and a roving piano party on the only block devoted to piano showrooms in New York. You will have the opportunity to play the pianos at the end of each presentation, and GRAND OBSESSION will be available for sale and signing at each of the showrooms.

PIANOTHON SCHEDULE

1:30 pm Beethoven Pianos, 232 West 58th St. Perri reads from GRAND OBSESSION, and Marc Wienert, chief of piano technology at the Manhattan School of Music, demonstrates his “Schubert concert tuning” on a Grotrian Cabinet grand (see Chapters 8, 12, 20, and 28), discusses tuning styles and “stretch characteristic,” and takes questions. Listeners will experience the sound that ignited Perri’s quest.

3 pm Klavierhaus, 211 West 58th St. Perri reads, and pianists [/b]Joseph Kubera and Mike “Phlebas” Olsen[/b] reprise their performances in GRAND OBSESSION on a gold Art case Pleyel and a new Italian make, a Fazioli. (See Chapter 15.) Joseph is well-known on the international contemporary music scene, and Mike is a long-time habituè of Pianoworld.com. Their performances will demonstrate the broad range of distinctive voices possible in pianos, and their suitability for different types of music. Questions and discussion to follow.

(note to pw members: joseph kubera is our "realplayer" and mike is our "phlebas.")

4 pm Bechstein Piano Centre, 207 West 58th St. Perri reads, then Temuri Akhobadze, a concert pianist and émigré from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, plays Scriabin and Schumann on a Bechstein model C grand.

5 pm Faust Harrison Pianos, 205 West 58th St. Perri reads, and store co-owner and composer Michael Harrison reprises his performance in GRAND OBSESSION of his abridged version of Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation (See Chapter 22) on a Blüthner concert grand. Revelation was named a top classical recording of 2007 by The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Michael and author/musicologist Stuart Isacoff will take questions about the art and science of this extraordinary listening experience. CDs available.



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Just finished the book... bravo!

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"1:30 pm Beethoven Pianos, 232 West 58th St. Perri reads from GRAND OBSESSION, and Marc Wienert, chief of piano technology at the Manhattan School of Music, demonstrates his “Schubert concert tuning” on a Grotrian Cabinet grand (see Chapters 8, 12, 20, and 28), discusses tuning styles and “stretch characteristic,” and takes questions. Listeners will experience the sound that ignited Perri’s quest."

Okay, after finishing this book, this is just painful to know about... smile To be IN Beethoven piano's and meet Perri AND Marc... AND hear the tuning on a Grotrian?

Why o why am I living on the west coast? O the humanity!

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#89862 - 01/04/08 02:21 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates  
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goose, i have just two words for you:

jet blue.


laugh


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smile You know, I really am considering it... but I dunno, I'm so new to this. I'm a *real* beginner, meaning I have like ONE song in my repertoire, and would feel really out of my league. Not that there's any expectations, but this seems... I dunno.

Anyway, I've never been to NY so there's a lot more to figure out than jet blue...

I'm thinking about it...

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lol at myself...

I'm so green to the East coast...

Where would I fly in exactly? JFK?

Thx for any info...

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Fly to Newark NJ or LaGuardia. JFK is to far East.

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i think jet blue only flies to jfk. alaska air flies to ewr (newark). i'll be there at midnight tonight. if you want to fly into laguardia, use northwest.

there's nothing wrong with flying into jfk. it's just a slightly longer trip into the city, but not that much longer. and if you really want to come, i think only jet blue is going to have affordable fares on such short notice.

do a quick search on expedia for airfares, then go directly to the cheapest airline's website to get the fare a few dollards cheaper.

alaska may be reasonable, too. the regional airlines seem to have the best deals.

as for a place to stay in the city, "name your own price" on priceline can yield some amazing deals. be bold and ask for a four star or three star hotel for under $100 and see what happens. smile


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#89867 - 01/07/08 03:24 PM Re: grand obsession news and events--updates  
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OK, im going. smile Though I'm getting in at 7:55am Sat. haha.

See you there! I'm friggin excited!

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goose, that is terrific!!! wait till i tell marc. way to amp up the pressure on him. wink


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Hi pique,

One more question... and sorry if this has been covered but I couldnt spot it.

Is it going to be OK to take pictures and/or video during the demo's, etc.? Not sure if I should bring my Handycam or not... wink

Thanks!
Jeff

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Pique,


Your writing is excellent and immersive, your experiences took me through an emotional rollercoaster. When you finally meet piano Marlene and describe it, I was thrilled and later on devastated (even on the second reading) when the piano lost its magic voice and presence somewhere in transit.

On your way to recover the "real" Marlene, you took me through an odyssey of intensity. Maybe it is not a ten year trip back to Ithaca or a journey from heck via purgatory to paradise or even a quest for a white whale but, for me, it still is a profound experience. You have helped me to realize that I too, want to "ride the crest of the wave of the expanding universe."

I have read "Piano Obsession" twice already since I bought it on December 31st. I didn't want the intensity of the reading experience to end. I really look forward the Pianothon on Saturday to hearing real pianos--I play a Yamaha P60 that I really like but don't have the room nor funds for an acoustic instrument--and talking to you and having you sign my copy of Piano Obsession.

Thank you for this wonderful reading experience.


Joseph

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pique, after reading your posts for four years now, and vicariously going through the whole book writing process along with you, I am so looking forward to finally meeting you tomorrow night at your book signing and reading!

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I just ordered the book from Amazon, and I am planning to attend the events on Saturday.

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My copy arrived today from amazon! Wish I were close enough to go to all these events. frown


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we now have reservations for a private party of 26 at an italian restaurant called bricco on west 56th st. for 7 pm saturday, after the faust harrison presentation.

our number got too large for the indian restaurant we'd originally planned.

i'm going to be difficult to reach today, but if you didn't already post here that you are joining us (frank, i've included you), or haven't emailed me or spoken to me, and you want to be included, you can either call me or the faust harrison showrooom and ask to be added to the reservation.

the reservation at the restaurant is under the "faust harrison party"


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Anybody know where the best parking is around W. 58th? (read: cheapest)

(58th & 6, 7, or 8th ave)


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I just finished the book last night. Very interesting! Congratulations, Pique. I, too, wish I could join the gang in NYC this weekend!


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I got some information from the website http://nyc.bestparking.com/#1 and found that ICON Dependable parking LLC(330 W 58th St between 8th and 9th Ave) charges $16 while Central parking systems (345 W 58th St between 8th and 9th Ave) charges $20. Keep in mind this is based on a 12 hour stay in the garage. There are others closer to piano row but they charge between $37 - $50 for the same time period. You may want to make a reservation ahead of time to save yourself headaches before you come into town.

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Mark,

Thanks for the detective work.
I tried to look parking up but wasn't getting anywhere. I'll call one of these places.

Best,

Frank B.


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Pique--

I just finished reading your book this morning. I started reading it last night and stayed up the entire night (no sleep) to finish it. Safe to say that I couldn't put it down. I dearly love the piano, and it is so nice to share that experience with all of the characters (people) that you brought to life in your book. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

Music is moving, your book is moving, knowing that I share this deep love of piano is exquisite!!! I'm sure that many agree with me too!!! Love it, really and truly this is one of the best books that I've ever had the pleasure to read--you are an excellent writer. Now, my husband is sitting next to me reading your book too. He's in Ch 1 and is telling me how much he loves it already and thinks that you're an "excellent writer."

If you guys do the piano-row pianothon next year, we are flying out to participate. We would love that so much!!!!!

In the meantime, does anyone have any recordings of the current presentations/concerts from this year? And, are there recordings of Marlene that we can hear?

Congratulations!!!

I'm going to amazon to give you my 5 stars!!!!!


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Perry aka Pique' captivated a standing room only crowd at Beethoven Piano's with colorful excerpts from her Book, Grand Obsession.

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A quiet moment of reflection between Perry and Marc Wienert before the people begin to arrive.
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Ahhhh.. very nice, Larry!! Lucky you!! thanks for posting pics!

Pique, Hope you are enjoying a most delightful celebration of events this weekend.

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TerryTunes,

Thanks. It was a very nice event. I am happy I made the trip.

Perry's reading from her book was most enjoyable.

Marc got up and spoke about his thoughts on tuning as well as answered questions from the audience.

I am now the proud owner of my signed copy of Grand Obsession.


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Very Nice! Wished I were there. I can't wait to read more. I'd love to hear about Marc's tuning of the Grotrian.

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It was a great afternoon.
I was happy to see Perri packed them in at every stop (standing room only).

It was interesting to hear her reading from her book, and provide additional back-story tid bits.

Of course listening to the pianist, and seeing all those beautiful pianos wasn't too hard to take either smile

Always a pleasure to run into old friends from the forums, and meet new ones.

My thanks to Perri for organizing the PianoThon and inviting all of us, and to each of the stores that opened their shops to us.

Everyone I spoke to who had read Grand Obsession raved about the book, and about Perri's writing style. They all agreed you don't have to be a piano lover to enjoy the book.

I will post some pictures I took during the PianoThon later, hoping Larry will post more (or tell me where to grab them).

I'm hoping someone will post about the dinner after the PianoThon last night. I wanted to go, but had run out of steam at the point (with a 3 hour drive still ahead of me).

If you haven't checked out the book yet, there are some free chapter excerpts here...
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It was a wonderful reading. Large crowd, lots of familiar faces and some pretty amazing playing from Grotriman's son. Pique is very good at public speaking. Her reading was enjoyable to listen to. I am happy you had such a great turnout pique! :thumbsup:

And I finally have my own inscribed copy of Grand Obsession!

I didn't take many pictures and of those I took only a few are worth posting.

Plays, jon-nyc and Rachel after purchasing their books as we were about to leave the store. I was stopped by the guard from taking any more pictures in the store! Go figure.
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Saturday, 1/12,

Fantastic afternoon!

I joined the group at Klavier Haus where the Fazioli in the front window was to die for. Pique read some more from her book and Phlebas played a Chopin Etude (Op.25, No.1) twice--once on the art-case Pleyel and again on a concert sized Fazioli so we could contrast the tone. Of course there's no comparison, both pianos are beautiful in what they do. I was wowed by Phlebas' playing. IMO, his playing of the etude was clearer than that of the professional we heard the night before. After Phlebas's playing, RealPlayer played the 3rd movement of Ives' First Sonata. Another amazing performance from RealPlayer.

I have to find out where Klavierhaus got their fruits because for this time of year they were big, ripe and juicy. Very nice spread they laid out.

I'm with Phlebas in that my opinion of Bechsteins rose with our trip to their store following Klavierhaus. I very much enjoyed tapping out a few measures on some of their display models. There was also a nice performance at Bechstein's by a Russian pianist whose name I don't remember. I only recognized one piece he played, it was a Scriabin Prelude.

Faust Harrison's was overflowing with people, both front rooms were full up. Again, to set the stage, pique read from her book about tunings and then Michael Harrison played sections of his Revelations on a piano tuned to just intonation (or a modified version of it). It was interesting to listen to, but for me a little goes a long way. It's quite meditative. He also spoke of his vision for a "piano of the future" (which he sees coming about in the near future): a piano that can tune itself. According to his dream, you push a button for a desired tuning and when you get up the next morning, it has re-tuned itself. How cool is that!

It was a particular thrill to have Stuart Isacoff there, to meet him and have dinner across the table from him. I read his book "Temperament" a few years back and remember being very excited by it. I only wished I'd had my copy of the book there for him to sign.

Pique was great. Her readings were very well done and it's obvious the audience was entranced. There was lot's of interest, so much so that there wasn't time for all the audience's questions.

I'm very happy to have been able to partake of the weekend's wonderful events and consider myself lucky to know such lovely people.


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[QB] Perry aka Pique' captivated a standing room only crowd at Beethoven Piano's with colorful excerpts from her Book, Grand Obsession.

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that just makes me so happy. It's so wonderful that the joy of piano is so captured for us.


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Wish I could have been there! I got my copy and am almost half way through. Pique, it's wonderful! congratulations!!


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