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Benefit Piano Concert: Salvation Army School for the Blind in Jamaica
By Sam Bennett
3/12/2012 2:43:00 PM  
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.
Benefit Concert for Jamaica

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!

Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 ROSWELL RD NW
ATLANTA, GA 30305
404.842.5800

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Bosendorfer Execs Visit PianoWorks
By Sam Bennett
6/7/2011 11:25:00 AM  
In late May, PianoWorks was pleased to welcome nine members of Bosendorfer and Yamaha's management team to visit our showroom and restoration facility here in Atlanta.  Yamaha proudly acquired Bosendorfer Piano Company in 2008 and has slowly and carefully incorporated their distribution management team.  Bosendorfer dealers will now have greater access to representatives, to parts supplies, and to Artist services though Yamaha's larger organization.  Among the visitors were Bosendorfer's current CEO Brian Kemble, the former CEO Yoshichika Sakai, also Bob Heller, Yamaha's National Sales Director of Piano Division as well as other key members of the distribution team.
Bosendorfer Execs Visit PianoWorks
[Sam Bennett, Brian Kemble, Don Bennett, Yoshichika Sakai, Masaya Furuta around the Bosendorfer model 280 Concert Grand Piano in PianoWorks' Recital Hall]

We see a strong future for Bosendorfer in Atlanta, throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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An Evening of Chamber Music with LYRA, Robert Spano and a Bosendorfer
By Sam Bennett
3/17/2011 12:12:00 AM  
Several weeks ago, I circled this event on my calendar.  PianoWorks regularly supplies pianos in support of many recitals, concerts and other musical events around Georgia.  This concert, I wanted to attend personally.  Last Sunday, I attended a wonderful evening of chamber music at CallanwoldeLYRA performed with special guest Robert Spano on piano.  And the outstanding conductor for the Atlanta Symphony can really play.  The quartet chose for their program pieces that really showcased Robert's talents on a Bosendorfer concert grand piano.  Not that I ever expected any less, but that evening was a real treat for me.

Admit One - Ticket to LYRA at Callanwolde

Callanwolde creates a perfect setting for chamber music.  The audience gathers just inches from the performers under lamp lighting.  The strings gather almost in the curve of the concert grand piano in one corner of the elegantly appointed chamber.  Behind the chairs set out for visitors, the grand staircase serves as a balcony for latecomers.  This concert was also a fundraiser to support a strings program for students that have had music cut from their public school budgets.

 

The night began with the strings, Franz Shubert's Trio No. 1 in Bb Major for Violin, Viola and Cello, D. 471.  This set the mood and I began to know the players.  Spano joined for Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, KV 478.  After the intermission, I enjoyed Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47 by Robert Schumann.  The 3rd movement of this piece was my personal favorite.

LYRA players

Afterwards, I spoke with the both Robert Spano and LYRA founding member, Raymond Leung curious about their impressions of the visiting instrument, our Bosendorfer concert grand.  Among other positive comments, Robert Spano stated the piano was, "absolutely wonderful" and Leung delighted how much better suited this piano was for them over their second choice instrument.  I hope to have video to share in a future update.

Performers Raymond Leung, Robert Spano, Judith Cox, Christopher French, and Sam Bennett (PianoWorks)

Raymond (LYRA), Robert Spano, Judith Cox (LYRA), Christopher French (LYRA) and me, Sam Bennett

Bosendorfer Concert Grand, model 280, at Callanwolde


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Going To Anaheim: NAMM 2010
By Sam Bennett
1/9/2010 9:57:00 PM  
Next Thursday, my father and I will forgo necessary sleep and catch a painfully early flight out of Atlanta for a good cause, Winter NAMM 2010.  I feel it is for a good cause, though not charitable in the usual sense.  NAMM is a music trade show, THE music trade show, the biggest in the world.  But this trade show has a musical soul.

Okay, so NAMM is actually a fantastic organization with cool members and a social conscience; NAMM works year-round (over 100 years worth of work) to bring together the world's music makers, innovators and business leaders.  NAMM, the organization, hosts Winter NAMM 2010, the event that I'm giving up so many precious Zzzz's for.

I've been a few times now, but it is hardly routine.  We hustle across the huge grounds with more distractions than the Las Vegas Strip to make our appointments.  Imagine all instrument manufacturers, from trombones to drums to drum machines to sitars to synthesizers...and pianos in one place.  They can fit a ton of guitars in a booth but pianos are big!  Let's talk pianos:  Bosendorfer and Bechstein and Estonia and Mason & Hamlin and Schimmel, Sauter, Seiler, Steingraeber, Samick, Sohmer, (maybe I'll just hang out in the letter "S" pianos?) Story & Clark, Steinway is nearby....  Now multiply that by every other instrument.  Oh, and don't forget all the sheet music publishers, the stage lighting and effects, recording studio outfitters, software, and anything else you might need a treble clef for.  Take a breath and then fill those booths, hallways and hotels with passionate musicians of all levels. 

Nearly everyone there plays...so jam sessions spontaneously erupt all around you.  The famous and the rest of us get together, and we believe in music.

On a previous trip, I spent an hour shuttle ride from the airport getting to know the drummer from Matisyahu.  I enjoyed that.  At the same show, I went back to Bosendorfer's booth at the end of the day to find a bench and rest my feet.  Valentina Lisitsa stopped by, we closed the doors and enjoyed a private concert for about 15 of us.  She played for over 20 minutes, so cautious and curious passersby were drawn to her, and the crowd slowly grew.  That was special for us.

There is much trade at the trade show, but a bigger accomplishment for the industry is how NAMM serves to energize our people.  NAMM focuses the passion that brought us to the business of helping others make music.  That is special for us.

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We Cultivate Customers By Cultivating Musicians: One Example
By Sam Bennett
11/18/2009 12:39:00 PM  
This last Monday, PianoWorks hosted yet another function for the local music community.  Many young pianists get their training through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), a popular curriculum that is growing in our area.  At the end of each grade level is an official exam for the students to pass in order to advance.  Much hard work goes into these exams and we provide both space and performance level pianos for the students.  On Monday, the students tested on Bosendorfer and Schimmel pianos.

We hear often that our pianos and the environment we provide really gives piano teachers confidence that their students will be able to perform.  Many of the students are too nervous to comment on the pianos, but they keep coming back.  One of the last exams of the day was for a nice young man ready to move from grade 5 to 6.  While waiting, he, his mother and sister engaged us about several of our pianos.  The mother asked Chad, "So which is the very best?"  Chad directed them over to a Bosendorfer model 225 semi-concert grand and after just a few minutes with the piano, they were full of questions.  I obliged to continue the tour and open the discussion to more pianos because I believe that "which is the best?" is a truly subjective question.  The best for many people is Bosendorfer, and there is rarely any argument that another builder might be better.  Mostly, I like to talk about fine pianos, celebrate their differences, and turn the question of good, better, best into one of "so which do you like?"

They really liked the Bosedorfer pianos as well as others.  We had a great time.  I also had my video camera handy.  We were not allowed to video the actual exam, but afterward, they came back into the showroom and I recorded the exam pieces for mom.  Here is one of them.



Not to be left out, his younger sister also played.  It was very sweet to see her fearless in front of such a large instrument.


At mom's request, I published these for family and friends.  I look forward to helping them select a truly fine instrument when they are ready.

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Long-Time Customer Recommends PianoWorks
By Glen Sloan
7/14/2009 2:02:00 PM  
Having been a customer of PianoWorks' founder, Don Bennett, for almost twenty-five years I highly commend him and his staff for piano sales, piano restoration services, piano moving, and routine piano maintenance in the Atlanta metro area and throughout the United States.

For over two decades I have played professionally at churches and other venues where PianoWorks has provided outstanding pianos (Bosendorfer, Schimmel, restored Steinway & Yamaha). Whether renting an artist piano for events at major arenas or helping my students purchase pianos for their homes, PianoWorks has always exceeded the expectations of all concerned.

For the past ten years I have served as music assistant at Johns Creek Baptist Church in the north Atlanta suburb of Atlanta. PianoWorks has sold and maintained several notable pianos during my tenure at the church: a walnut Schimmel grand piano, two re-conditioned Yamaha grand pianos, several studio pianos and the jewell in the church’s piano inventory – our Bosendorfer Imperial grand! All of these pianos have performed well under very demanding conditions.

PianoWorks’ restoration, service, and maintenance departments are second to none. On numerous occasions I have called one of their service technicians at the last minute to touch up the tuning on a piano prior to an important performance – they have always responded immediately and with utmost professionalism. They have a terrific team of piano movers who have moved my personal piano – a 1913 Steinway Long-Scale “A” with the tender loving care it deserves. Pianoworks provides outstanding service to each customer, from customers who purchase entry level console pianos or digital pianos to world-class performers who demand the finest brands available in today’s market (like Bosendorfer, Schimmel, Steinway & Yahama).

The sheet music and music accessories department at PianoWorks provides all the materials needed for my studio of piano students and their staff provides exceptional levels of personal service. In addition their substantial inventory allows for many options when selecting metronomes, piano lamps, ancillary learning methods, and musical gifts.

Need more information? Check out their website: www.pianoworks.com

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