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People and Pianos Day

Welcome to Corvallis-OSU Piano International’s People and Pianos Day, where we transform the Corvallis Public Library into a pianistic carnival!

Highlights of our celebration include the popular Children’s Concert, performances in the lobby, mini talks and readings, and our featured presentation with pianist Alpin Hong – known as “the modern day Pied Piper” – sharing his insights and performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

All events are free to the public.

Saturday March 2, 2019

10:30 am      Children’s Concert: Snakes, Sharks, and Swans—A Whimsical Tour with Cello and Piano  

Victoria Wolff, cellist and Rachelle McCabe, pianist

11:30 am    Piano music in the Lobby

1:00 pm      Feature Program in the Meeting Room, with a 9-foot concert grand piano

Welcome  — COPI president Bonnie Esbensen

A Moving Performance

COPI Board Piano Quartet

Meet special guest Alpin Hong

Pianist and Poet: A Father and Daughter Collaboration

David Nembhard, pianist & Naomi Nembhard, poet

Passion and Process: Further Reflections on Chopin’s Winter Wind

Keenan Cabrera, pianist

The Piano Breathes: Liszt’s Un Sospiro 

Haoyang Jiang, pianist

The Pianist Invents: Transformation of a Musical Idea

Greg Starr, composer and pianist

The Piano Celebrates: America from West Side Story by Bernstein

 Aaron and Abby Cohen, Rachelle McCabe, pianists

The Piano Transforms: Prokofiev’s Tale of the Old Grandmother and Toccata in A minor

Michael Gu, pianist

2:00 pm      Featured Presentation – Transformers: More Than Meets the Ear

Alpin Hong, pianist

An interactive and entertaining conversation that shows how composers can depict actions and create musical moods in ways that the audience can directly experience. The program celebrates the connections between classical music and television, movie, and video game soundtracks. Hong goes on to share how learning to perform transforms anyone’s ability to have confidence and succeed in any area of life.

For the grand finale, Hong will perform George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue!