MISSOULA – The American Piano Quartet will perform as part of the “Celebrate Piano” series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Dennison Theatre at the University of Montana. The “Celebrate Piano” series is part of the UM Keyboard Society in the UM School of Music.
The quartet, described by UM piano faculty member Christopher Hahn as “the preeminent piano quartet,” has been together since 1984 – 32 years of performing, composing and arranging piano music for eight hands.
“Nobody does it better,” Hahn said. “If you’ve ever heard a piano quartet performed, chances are the piece was either composed or arranged by these guys. Two pianos, eight hands, the sound is truly symphonic. They’ve played in Missoula before to a fantastic response; we’re thrilled to bring this opportunity to the community again.”
The American Piano quartet includes Robin Hancock, Scott Holden, Del Parkinson and Jeffrey Shumway.
“Missoula has a very enthusiastic audience that always rewarding to play for,” Shumway said. “And UM has a great tradition of multiple piano concerts, including October’s Pianissimo! concerts, at which I’m pleased to say some of our compositions and arrangements were performed. We’re excited to present an energetic, tuneful performance in which we’ll engage with the audience, telling of ourselves and our experiences.”
The group also will perform a concert on Tuesday morning for over 900 local fifth-graders who will be bussed in for the show. The audience can expect popular and familiar pieces as well as classical and traditional repertoire. “We do this [shows for kids] quite often and we’re really excited to play for them,” Shumway said.
Tickets to the American Piano Quartet cost $10 for students, $20 for seniors age 60 and older and $25 for the general public. They can be purchased online at http://www.griztix.com, at the UMArts Box Office or by calling 406-243-4581.
Funds raised through the concert bring in guest artists for the series, help piano students receive scholarships and attend conferences, and help with maintenance and care of the pianos at the UM.
For more information on the American Piano Quartet performance, call Christopher Hahn, UM School of Music professor, at 406-243-6490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.