Five Pianos and 20-plus Pianists Take to the Stage
The Keyboard Division from the University of Montana School of Music will present the annual Pianissimo! concert at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane on December 10th at 1:00p.m. and 7:00 p.m. This high-energy show boasts five pianos and more 20 pianists.
“Each year I try to make the program bigger and better than the year before,” says University of Montana piano Faculty Member and Pianissimo! organizer Christopher Hahn. “For those who have attended previous events, you'll know that's quite a feat!” According to Hahn, this year will include a wide variety of music and styles ranging from Copland to Gershwin and Stravinsky, as well as lots of other familiar and fun tunes with some surprises along the way.
The performers are some of Missoula's most well-known and distinguished pianists including UM faculty members Hahn and Steven Hesla as well as Barbara Blegen, community members Dorothy Beck-Peterson, Scott Koljonen and Paul Nonnenmacher, as well as many current students in the piano program at UM.
Pianissimo! is a benefit concert for the UM Keyboard Society who won a national recognition award this past year for their activities and programs. Funds raised will help piano students attend conferences, fund performance travel, sponsor events and bring in guest artists for the Celebrate Piano series. Proceeds will also help with maintenance and care for the pianos at the University of Montana to provide instruments that will continue to attract the best students to the University's music program.