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All Together Now: Five-Piano Concert on Sunday

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2009 at 6:00 am |
January 29, 2009 6:00 am

Team of pianists. Sitting: Marjorie Skreen-Dickerson (left) and David Asplund. Standing: Erica Minneman (left), Timothy Strong and Diana Walker. Photo: Carole Parkhurst.

Ever heard five pianos played at once? Well, this Sunday is your chance. Local piano teachers will be putting on a fund-raising concert featuring three teams of five pianists each on stage at UPS’ Schneebeck Hall.

The performers are members of the Tacoma Chapter Music Teachers Association, including Marjorie Dickerson, who also plays for local groups such as the Northwest Repertory Singers.

"The Gig Harbor Chapter puts a concert on every two years, and they’re wildly popular," says Dickerson, of the idea to stage a multi-piano-marathon.

The program includes favorites like Khachaturian’s "Sabre Dance," Offenbach’s "Cancan" from "Orpheus in the Underworld," "The Entertainer" by Scott Jopling and more.
Prosser Pianos will loan two grand pianos, while the UPS provides the other three. The concert will raise funds for the Association’s Orchestra Recital Series, which provides opportunities for local students to play concertos with orchestra backing.

The concert will be held 3 p.m. Feb. 1 in Schneebeck Hall, off Union Avenue at the University of Puget Sound. Tickets: $10 general/$20 family, at the door.

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