MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Music will present the eighth annual “Pianissimo!” concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, in the Music Recital Hall. This high-energy show includes two different programs, nine pianos and more than 25 pianists.
The concerts feature piano solos, duets, trios, quartets and, at one point, 10 pianists performing on five different pianos.
“The coordination of such a feat is pretty tremendous,” said UM piano faculty member and “Pianissimo!” organizer Christopher Hahn. “You really have to see it to believe it.”
Included in the concerts will be a wide variety of music and styles, ranging from Mozart and Gershwin to Copland and Joplin. “The program is designed to please any and all audience members,” Hahn said.
The performers are some of Missoula’s most well-known and talented pianists, including Hahn and other UM faculty members Steven Hesla and Barbara Blegen; community members Dorothy Beck-Peterson, Scott Billadeua, Aneta Panusz, Scott Koljonen and Paul Nonnenmacher; as well as many current students in the piano program at UM, and an appearance by the UM Keyboard Society’s acrobatic mascot, Bearthoven.
“Pianissimo!” is a benefit concert for the UM Keyboard Society, and is the first concert in the Celebrate Piano Series at UM. Funds raised will help piano students receive scholarships and attend conferences, sponsor events and bring in guest artists for the Celebrate Piano Series. Proceeds also will help with maintenance and care for the pianos at UM, providing instruments that will continue to attract the best students to the University’s music program.
For more information on “Pianissimo!” or any of the five concerts in the Celebrate Piano Series, call Hahn at UM’s School of Music at 406-243-6490. Season and single tickets can be purchased online at http://www.griztix.com, at the UM Arts Box Office or by calling 406-243-4581. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended, as shows tend to sell out.