Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Presents The Piano Bash

Two pianos in multiple configurations take center stage

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music offers a unique twist on a piano program in The Piano Bash on Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit.

In a Festival-first program, two pianos share the concert stage in The Piano Bash, showcasing music for two, four and eight hands! Requiring extreme coordination, 40 flying fingers captivate the audience as controlled chaos on stage produces a brilliant performance. The diverse program offers a broad variety of works showcasing this unique arrangement, including works by Shubert, Mozart, Brahms and more. As the concert proceeds, more performing artists join in, making the complexities greater as the music progresses! The excitement builds with Ravel’s “Ma mere l’Oye (‘Mother Goose’) for Four Hands”, Milhaud’s eclectic and attention-grabbing “Scaramouche”, culminating with Gounod’s astounding “Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands”. Dynamic instruments and exceptional talent promise an evening as pleasing to the ear as it is thrilling to watch.

The Piano Bash features familiar faces as well as newcomers, promising a thrilling exploration of keyboard variety and virtuosity. Enjoy performances by gifted pianists Brian Zeger, William Wolfram, Lisa Nakamichi, and CCCMF’s own co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu.

Four PianistsProgram: The Piano Bash
Brian Zeger, piano; William Wolfram, piano; Lisa Nakamichi, piano; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)

Two Impromptus from Opus 90
No. 3 in G-flat Major
No. 2 in E-flat Major

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)

Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448
Allegro con spirito
Andante
Molto allegro

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 – 1897)

Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos (“St. Anthony Variations”), Opus 56b

MAURICE RAVEL (1875 – 1937)

Ma mere l’Oye (“Mother Goose”) for Four Hands (1910)
Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Petit Poucet
Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Le jardin féerique

DARIUS MILHAUD (1892 – 1974)

Scaramouche, suite for Two Pianos, Opus 165b
Vif
Modéré
Brazileira

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893)

Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands (arranged by Renaud de Vilback)

Ticket orders received on or before July 7: $34 general admission; $15 for college students with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $32 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $50.

Ticket orders received on or after July 8: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $36 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $55.

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended. Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or picked up at will call at the performances. Tickets may also be purchased by calling or visiting the box office at 508-247-9400 or at 3 Main Street, Unit 6, North Eastham. Box office hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Phone orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2018 season, performers, mission and venues, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 38th season, CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August. Throughout the rest of the year, CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience, CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. The Festival is also host to a Composer-in-Residence program, and features composers with Cape Cod connections. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, schedule or tickets, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos:
Top Center: Two pianos will be the centerpiece of The Piano Bash concert, courtesy image
Bottom Right Composite (L to R):
Top: Brian Zeger, William Wolfram
Bottom: Lisa Nakamichi, Jon Nakamatsu