MARCH 2015

Dear Friend -     

Does the subject line make you wonder if the Dranoff is involved in construction?

If you think of building layers of sounds, then unequivocally yes. On March 28, you will hear and see quite a spectacle:  two grand pianos and a veritable army of percussion instruments on stage at the South Dade Performing Arts Center.  Four incredible musicians are coming to Miami to make all those instruments burst alive with works by David Maric and Gavin Bryars,  and the seldom heard Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion by Bela Bartok.  Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky's composition will serve  as a  sort of overture to the concert titled  Banging the Ivories.

My allusion to construction brings to mind something else:  think of constructing a life, one gesture, one decision, one relationship at a time, with music being the thread.  I want to relate this image to our educational performance program, Piano Slam. 

The February newsletter focused on  Duo Trivella's fantastic concert at the New World Center. The week afterwards, when  the Steinway concert grands had been rolled away, Daniele and Davide Trivella sat down at two upright pianos to play 11 concerts in 11 different schools  over a period of nine days for about 5,000 middle and high school students.  I had the pleasure to attend a few of those concerts, plus one of the teacher workshops that are part of Piano Slam. What started in 2009 with the idea to raise the impact of giving our existing outreach series to introduce students to classical music has become a fully integrated educational and music program.  Please read more at www.PianoSlam.org, and pencil in April 30 for the concert event Piano Slam 7 at the Arsht Center. 
 
More supply talk - this month, we are beginning our  Piano Slam fund drive.   As one Piano Slam alumnus,  Marquise Lee, said, "Feeling extraordinary doesn't come from how many people are in the audience or how many audiences you face.  It comes from being on the stage at one time in your life and having someone take notice."

Help us give every middle and high school student in the public school system a chance to experience the power of Classical music, and to participate in this life-changing program. We have a goal of $60,000. You can make your gift online or by calling the office at 305.572.9900. Please be as generous as you can!  Your gift will carry forward a powerful inspiration! 

As always, I invite you to contact me with any questions or comments.  And as always, I invite you to attend  a Dranoff concert, to become involved with us, to support us, and mostly,  to enjoy our music!

Warm regards,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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