Hi, friends! Hope you’ll join me for an evening of music and musing on love in this age of scarcity, part of The Presenters Dolan Gaslight Cararet Festival. Neal Richardson is the music director. Tim Schall directs. All of my proceeds will benefit Pianos for People. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/594124470660523/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
We received the piano today. And we are overwhelmed! It is beautiful. My son has pretty much played nonstop for the last five hours! We are still in a bit of a state of disbelief that we are now the proud owners of such a beautiful instrument that we never dreamed would be in our possession. The sound of him tinkling away on the piano keys is heartwarming to me and he can’t wait to start formal lessons. We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the generous act of kindness, for the mission of your organization to provide pianos to people and for the joy your thoughtfulness will bring to my family for many years to come. You have contributed to the well being of my boy and his success in the future. Again our deepest thanks and gratitude to you all!
Beth (and Jared)
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Congratulations Carla Rush on your free acoustic piano from Pianos for People.
Sunday, August 25, 6 – 10pm. 10 Pianists, all styles. Donation ticket price of $35 includes food, Schlafly beer, and Purus Vodka cocktails. And better than that, it helps us get more pianos to more families. Join us. Go the the Facebook events page, facebook/events/100 fingers.
Plan to join St. Louis musicians of all kinds at the Wine Press on Olive, near the Central West End, for to (at least) pianists performing all styles of music to help us raise funds. Dinner and bar included. This event will be unlike any other — we guarantee. More info to come.
All of your commitment, stamina and votes helped us get the grant necessary to place more unused pianos into St. Louis households that cannot afford such an instrument themselves. Thank you all so very much.
NOW YOU CAN VOTE to help us receive a $20,000 grant from Monsanto! Please click on the link below and select “Putting Unsold Pianos with Children, Families and the Elderly.” Thank you all very, very much.
Grow St. Louis
Thanks to Mr. Wilmes for this cool little video of the delivery of his family’s piano.
Even Fats Waller gave up the piano bench for Art. See why.
Jamal is 9. He’s a new student. The song he’s playing shows great constraint from rushing, measured beat and rhythm, and even some dynamics. Simple composition, but effectively getting Jamal off on the right foot.
This is pretty cool. Click below the photo to see the video.
A great TedX speech about how your childhood creative confidence affects your adult life.
The keys to community togetherness
CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w30TFlJiRKA
CLICK HERE FOR STORY – http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/harlem-grandest-gain-article-1.1293353
From The New York Times:
18 AND UNDER: Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits
When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life.
Theres a strong sense of personal power a kid can feel when he or she discovers they can create art.
“Given what we have since learned about life in the Nazi camps, why would anyone in his right mind waste time and energy writing or playing music?” Fascinating piece. Read it.
From The New York Times (July 30, 2012 ):
For More Pianos, Last Note Is Thud in the Dump
A century after the peak of American piano manufacturing, the dump is increasingly becoming the destination for instruments that are unwanted …