Bonnie Esbensen

Past Performances

2018 – 2019 season Steinway Series Yeol Eum Son –  Sunday, April 14, 2019 Jeremy Denk – January, February 13, 2019 Lukáš Vondráče –  Sunday, November 4, 2018 2017 – 2018 season Steinway Series Natasha Paremski – Sunday, November 5, 2017 Garrick Ohlsson – Sunday, February 18, 2018 Vadym Kholodenko – Sunday, April 29, 2018 Other Performances Carnival of the Animals – Children’s …

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Prelude to an Afternoon

Based on the fortuitous programming of the eminent pianists who have performed on the Steinway Series, recent blog posts have had the opportunity to muse on the musical forms piano sonata and piano variations prior to concerts featuring those kinds of works. Yeol Eum Son’s upcoming program, which promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of beauty, presents …

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Concerts: A Two-Way Affair

It is tempting to think of concerts as a simple or one-directional interaction: the pianist performing on stage has an impact on the audience. However, it turns out there is communication in the other direction, as well; the audience makes an impact on the pianist. I know this because pianists often comment on our audience. They describe our listeners as attentive and responsive …

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Oregon Sweeps the MTNA NW Division Piano Competition

It is with special pleasure that we saw Oregon piano students sweep the MTNA* Piano Competitions (Northwest Region) in January. Oregon students competed against top students from 5 other NW states and took first place in all 3 piano categories (Junior, Senior, and Young Artist). The winner in the Junior category was Michael Gu, student of Dr. Rachelle McCabe. …

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Creating a culture of piano

In order to create a culture of piano in our community, we strive to program events for all ages from preschoolers to adults and all levels of musicianship from appreciative listener to professional musician. Toward that end, we opened our 2016-17 season with a workshop for a lesser-served group: the adult piano enthusiast. In October, pianist Paul Roberts …

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Kholodenko’s Concert

Reflections on the May 1, 2016 Concert By Michael Coolen The Russian words krika tishina translate, more or less, into “a screaming silence.” I thought of them while waiting for Vadym at the Eugene airport. His desire to address his recent tragedy through his music is a wonderful medicine for him and a gift to …

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Two Pianos, Two Pianists

Instead of one concert grand piano on stage, there will be two pianos at the next Steinway Piano Series concert on February 21, 2016. Our beautiful, full-throated 9 foot Steinway Model D will be on your left and a 9 foot Yamaha CFX will be on your right. The Steinway was purchased following a hugely successful community fundraising …

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Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Beethoven’s Pianos

Here at COPI, we are particularly interested in the fortepiano, because the modern piano is considered to be the direct descendent of the fortepiano. In its day, the fortepiano distinguished itself from the harpsichord and the clavichord by its ability to produce a range of dynamics from loud to soft – an innovation made possible …

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