Music Is Key: First Piano Festival Held This Weekend – Austin Daily Herald

By | October 5, 2022

Music is the important thing: first piano pageant organized this weekend

Posted at 7:03 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The MacPhail Middle for Music-Austin will host the first-ever Austin Piano Pageant Oct. 7-9 with former proprietor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Fazioli 308 live performance grand piano and MacPhail’s former instructor Victoria El-Sabo and Samantha Sinai.

The occasion, which organizers hope will happen twice a 12 months, will characteristic concert events in addition to masterclasses and workshops for college kids and lecturers.

The three-day occasion will happen on the Knowlton Auditorium of MacPhail and Austin Excessive Faculty.

“We’ve got this lovely piano right here in Austin,” stated website supervisor Cheryl Berglund. “However extra importantly, it would carry collectively piano college students from the group and extra broadly — it is open in Minnesota — simply to rejoice the piano. It is only a key studying expertise.

Having a piano pageant, just like the one MacPhail shall be internet hosting, is a chance to rejoice not simply the Fazioli, however the piano typically in addition to showcasing the fantastic thing about music.

“For me, it is a terrific genesis for music,” Berglund stated. “You possibly can contact the music and see the music and watch your fingers.

The masterclasses will consist of scholars performing El-Sabo’s compositions, who will information them by way of their efficiency and supply reflections on how she composes. In the meantime, instructor workshops promote pupil creativity and instructor assets to assist college students be taught compositions.

“Let’s speak about why and the way it acquired there,” Berglund stated of the compositions.

El-Sabo and Sinai will carry out an off-the-cuff present, “It is Amusing” from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 and the extra formal present, Highlight on the Massive Faz Live performance, is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. Sunday’s present will happen on the Knowlton Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for the Sunday present.

Each reveals will characteristic unique compositions by the duo carried out on piano, cello, voice and elk-skin drum.

In the meantime, an Austin youngsters’s choir, made up of singers from IJ Holton and different group members, will carry out two of El-Sabo’s compositions on the Sunday broadcast.

Whereas showcasing the piano instrument with this first-ever pageant, Berglund additionally stated it was essential to have these two artists at house for kids and lecturers.

“They’re wonderful performers, however what actually helps on this case is that they are actually human with educating qualities and might clarify to those college students,” she stated. “They was once learners or intermediate degree.”

El-Sabo’s instance is studying the elkhide drum, one thing she has simply began taking part in.

“Actually, Victoria is now finding out different devices and she or he’s bringing along with her a drum that she’s model new to as effectively. At any age, you possibly can be taught one thing new.

This annual piano pageant additionally as soon as once more shines a light-weight on the musical alternatives in Austin.

“I believe it is nice with the assets,” Berglund stated. “Having this partnership between MacPhail and Austin Public Colleges has allowed us to be a central hub for music in Austin. It creates pleasure. »

One of the vital thrilling elements of the pageant is certainly this promise of the longer term. Berglund stated she hopes the pageant cannot solely proceed sooner or later, however that it might be a place to begin for different alternatives, together with a jazz-focused pageant subsequent April.

“We’ve got a second occasion in April and we plan to have these festivals twice a 12 months,” Berglund stated. “We plan to current different musical genres. We simply need to carry the group collectively and present them our constructing and the gorgeous auditorium in Knowlton is a useful resource and open to different alternatives.

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