Dear Friends -

This is the last newsletter of 2017.  What a year it was!  I hope  you found respite in music, and that our concerts added to those moments of enjoyment. A huge "thank you" is due for your part in making 2017 excellent for the Dranoff and PIANO SLAM!

The Dranoff season was filled with engagements, partnerships and collaboration creating very different performances, each touching on a very specific chord (pun intended) of the 2 piano literature. 

We partnered with the Nu Deco Ensemble for a sold out concert at the New World Center.  An eclectic and exciting program included the world premiere of Frederik Sixten's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.  Duo Yoo & Kim and the Nu Deco Ensemble had a great stage to do what they each do best individually, and jointly.

The wonderful Duo Genova & Dimitrov brought their deep understanding and commitment to the repertoire of classical 2 piano music to enchant audiences and music critics alike: "Despite (or perhaps because of) this spartan philosophy, Genova and Dimitrov, winners of the 1997 Dranoff 2 Piano Competition, have the ability to make music that can be heartbreakingly beautiful one moment and fraught with high energy and tension the next." (full review here)

PIANO SLAM 9 brought live classical concerts to  close to 10,000  Miami Dade Public School students as part of the in-school portion of the program. It culminated with a fantastic show at the at the Adrienne Arsht Center, our presenting partner.  Pianists Ashley Hribar and Bobbly Mitchell,  the  dancers of Augusto Soledad Brazzdance, DJ Brimstone and, sponsored by  the British Consulate, t poet Roger Robinson all joined our PIANO SLAM poetry competition finalists on the stage.  What a journey for the students, and what a moment for the entire audience!

You helped us turn our two fund drives into wonderful successes. Thank you for your trust in us!

As you know, concert tickets only cover a portion of the cost of an artistic organization, and  your gifts are vital. 

Only a few weeks are left in this year for your tax deductible year-end gift. There is great uncertainty surrounding the tax bill before congress with what seems to be an impending revocation of tax deductions for non-profits. This will make it harder for an organization such as ours to plan ahead and to serve our community. If you have not yet had a chance to support the Dranoff, please click here if you choose to make a contribution now.

What about the 2017/2018 season?

In our first concert in October, in partnership with the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Shelly Berg and Martin Bejerano played music of Henry Mancini - some of his most iconic film scores, but also songs that that held deeply emotional meaning to Henry's life.  A personal friend of the Mancini family, Shelly shared with us more than merely the depth of musical knowledge; he allowed us to see beyond the silver screen into the heart of the composer.  With that, he and Martin elevated to the performance from  a showcase of their artistry to singing songs on 176 keys! 

In November,  Duo Ping and Ting came from Hongkong and spent two weeks performing classical concerts in 14 schools in part one of PIANO SLAM 10. More than perform: they engaged their teen audiences in a dialogue and appreciation of the music they shared. The theme this year is Fred Kaufman's Yin and Yang, a Dranoff commission. Can you think of a better conversation starter?

More on PIANO SLAM -  our partnership with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMS) continues to engage students in citizen science through their Bay Drift project. The students each had written a poem on biodegradable floating cards and they  released their words into Miami's waterways from four locations, wishing their cards would be found and recorded as data points in the project that quantifies coastal currents.  And of course, hoping  fervently to make it into part two of PIANO SLAM 10 -  the stage production at the Arsht Center! 

The season's four remaining performances  will begin in February.  Here is a teaser: the Ukrainian Duo Chipak Kushnir are performing together with singers of Seraphic Fire music by Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and  Ludwig von Beethoven's glorious 9th Symphony!  More in the next newsletter.

We are offering a secondary special subscription with the exceptional price of $195 for VIP tickets to our concerts series. Act before January 15, 2018.  

On behalf of everyone affiliated with the Dranoff 2 Piano and PIANO SLAM - the board, the administration, the artists - I want to thank you for your friendship, your engagement, your support, your interest. Thank you for being in our universe!  

Warm Seasons' Greetings to you and your friends and family!

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board



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