August 1st is an important date for local piano teachers. It marks the day when we open our calendar for the following Spring to book
PianoWorks Recital Hall. Every year, our recital hall is chosen for hundreds of events including piano student recitals, concerts, master classes, piano teacher workshops, student auditions, student exams, winners’ recitals, and increasingly film and recording projects. While these events mark the calendar throughout the year, Spring is traditionally the busiest time for piano student recitals. Friends and family join each student in our 120 seat hall to hear their practiced pieces, celebrate music, and mark the passing year’s progress. With so many area teachers wanting their first choice for the prized times, signup day has become an unusual event. We open early (8:30 am this year) to give first priority to teachers who line up. Phone bookings begin with our regular hours at 10:00 am, but only after all in-person bookings are complete. We offer refreshments to the teachers at signup. Interestingly, we learn that the line begins to form in the parking earlier this year. Last year’s first-in-line showed up early again this year at 4:00 am only to find out she was 4th in line. We hope their students appreciate these dedicated teachers and the extra sleep they give up to get the most convenient Spring recital times. There are still Spring recital times available, so please contact us to host your next piano event. Take a virtual tour of our facility even before you visit.
Congratulations to Robin Engleman, local piano teacher and winner of Hidrau Model hydraulic piano bench at GMTA 2014. Each year, PianoWorks has donated a premium artist bench for the GMTA to raise funds for their scholarships and general fund. This year, the prize was a
Hidrau Model (HM) hydraulic piano bench. This makes at least 20 years that PianoWorks has supported Georgia Music Teachers Association in this way. "Dear Sam, Thank you so much for the HM bench. We were able to generate $880 to donate to the Music Teacher National Association Foundation Fund during 2014 GMTA Conference. This year, Robin Engleman of Gwinnett County Music Teachers Association was the luck winner. Here is the picture of the drawing. Sincerely, Rwei Hao MTNA Foundation Georgia State Chair"
The Red Clay Theater in Duluth, home of Eddie Owens Presents, has now transformed into the Red Clay Music Foundry. This new collaborative effort brings veteran musicians together with young artists and beginner students in a unique environment. With this focus on live music and lessons in downtown Duluth, PianoWorks and Halun USA decided to support this effort.
Two years ago when Eddie Owens Presents to residence in the Red Clay Theater, PianoWorks & Hailun USA worked to bring in a grand piano for all of the local & national artists lining up to play. The Hailun grand piano was a key piece to the venue's attraction. Eddie Owen brought in the musicians and Red Clay breathed new life, but this was only the beginning. Decades before, Eddie's vision began from his years working with so many musicians for a place that would foster collaboration between artists. With the Red Clay Music Foundry, combining a music school with a performance venue has created that nexus in our community in downtown Duluth. With established partners Gwinnett School of Music and Camp Jam, and numerous sponsors like PianoWorks and Hailun USA, the Music Foundry was built. Upstairs is the main stage, right on main street. Downstairs is the music school, recording labs and collaborative spaces where artists can come to learn life skills (like writing a P&L statement) as well as music skills. PianoWorks and Hailun USA are also supplying Hailun pianos for piano and vocal lessons as part of the music school. Hailun pianos, now 2-time reigning "Acoustic Piano Line of the Year" will foster musicians on stage and in studios at the Red Clay Music Foundry. L to R: Eddie Owen [Eddie Owen Presents], Sam Bennett [PianoWorks], Nancy Harris [Mayor of Duluth], Steve Freeman [Camp Jam], J.Kelly Bowlin [Gwinnett School of Music] Red Clay Music Foundry - http://duluthmusiclessons.rocks/ Eddie Owen Presents - http://eddieowenpresents.com/ Gwinnett School of Music - http://gwinnettmusic.com/ Camp Jam - https://www.campjam.com/ Hailun USA - http://hailun-pianos.com/ Click for more photos of the Grand Opening. photos courtesy of Lou Raimondi Photography - http://www.louraimondi.com/
Last Tuesday, June 4, Gabe Granitz taught a class on dampers to the Piano Technichians Guild - Atlanta Chapter. Gabe is one of our Registered Piano Technicians here at PianoWorks where he has steadily added many skills to his natural ability, making him one of the best young techs in our region. His recent talk was on damper adjustments in the field as well as more extensive repairs including replacing damper felts, installation and concert adjustments.
Contact PianoWorks if you need his help or any of our extensive repair and restoration services.
This Sunday, March 18 at 4:00 pm,
Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta presents: Benefit Concert for Jamaica. Many top local artists will be performing on the Bosendorfer Imperial in the sanctuary. Afterwards, a freewill offering will send a piano to the Salvation Army School for the Blind. The featured artists include Stan Whitmire, Joel Martin, Daniel Solberg and young Yannie Tan. Yannie is an artist we have watched grow with great interest as one of our customers. We hope you can come out and make this event successful! VIDEO Peachtree Presbyterian Church 3434 ROSWELL RD NW ATLANTA, GA 30305 404.842.5800
It's August 1st, our annual opening day for all area piano teachers who wish to book recital time at our hall for the following year, Spring 2012. Over the years,
PianoWorks performance hall has become not only popular, but important in the local community as the premier recital venue in Atlanta. Our hall, which regularly seats 120, is always outfitted with world class concert grand pianos. Performers enjoy the intimate setting, the friendly atmosphere, and the terrific acoustics. August 1st is all about booking that time slot. (PianoWorks parking lot, August 1, 2011 9:00 am - FULL of piano teacher cars. For regular store hours, we open at 10:00 am) Area teachers have learned to show up early as the most popular times (April & May weekends) go early. Spring Recitals aren't just in Spring anymore as the seasonal demand now ranges from March to June. Today, PianoWorks opened its doors at 8:30, but some teachers showed up still earlier to take their place in line. Before 10:00 am, 25 teachers had booked their chosen times. PianoWorks offers extended hours from mid-April to mid-June to accomodate nearly 100 recitals, competitions, and auditions during that time. So book now, plan ahead and keep in mind that some piano teachers have already set their date. We want your events to be the most successful they can be. **UPDATE** 12:00 pm - We're just a few hours in and the weekend timeslots in April & May are booked. There are still times available, but you should act now!
Last Sunday, March 27th, I attended an extraordinary concert at Spivey Hall. The concert was conceived less than 10 days prior, and so many worked tirelessly to arrange and promote this benefit concert on such short notice. PianoWorks graciously provided the concert instrument, a
Bosendorfer model 280, to be used both in support of Hilary's violin and in Valentina's solo work. The entire event came together fabulously, and over $17,000 was raised to benefit the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund of Direct Relief International. They were originally supposed to be on tour in Japan when it was canceled due to the tragedy there. A Japanese representative was present to thank the audience and receive personal messages of prayer and hope for the people of Japan. My first instrument was the violin, and I was looking forward to seeing Hilary Hahn perform again, but for me a first time at Spivey Hall and especially with Valentina. She was outstanding. My favorite was a piece new to me by Fritz Kreisler. Her superior technique coaxes the most from her instrument and Valentina gently supported her on the Bosendorfer. It speaks to the quality of their shared performance that the piano almost disappeared, only refocusing attention to Hilary. Valentina's first solo was Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and the familiar piece gave way to my own reverie. I silently cheered for Spivey's audience to allow this piece to be played so intimately. However, I was beginning to fear if the piano would ever come to life, to be tested for its other qualities. Thankfully, I was next treated to a roaring rendition of Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu. Such a performance; first came the appreciation of a finer aspects and then came the "wow!" The night continued on to much applause. The pair are next headed to Europe where I recommend any who can to set aside time for this concert. For me, it is a memory that will last. If you would like to continue your support for relief efforts in Japan, go here. photos backstage at Spivey Hall, courtesy of Alexei Kuznetsoff
As many organizations are raising money for the victims of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, PianoWorks is doing their part. PianoWorks is co-sponsoring, as well as providing the piano for, the Japan Relief Concert on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM at
Spivey Hall on Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. The concert will feature violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa. Tickets are $75 with all proceeds benefitting Direct Relief International’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund. Don Bennett, owner of PianoWorks is happy to provide the piano for the concert. “Valentina is such a delight, and she is truly spectacular,” says Bennett. “We’re happy to help her out any time she needs our assistance.” Lisitsa and Hahn’s goal is to bring the music community together to raise funds. Click here for tickets to Spivey Hall. “Playing fundraising concerts is the very least we could do to help,” says Lisitsa. “We don’t have any particular goal in mind, we are just trying to make it easier for people to come together and help as a community.” The piano provided for the concert by PianoWorks is a Bosendorfer model 280 Concert Grand.
Hahn and Lisitsa will be performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata in F major, plus additional works for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Prokofiev and other composers.