JULY 2017

Dear Friends -

For three decades, The Dranoff has been working to advance the art and artists of duo pianism. Through 12 international competitions, we have served as a career spring board for over 30 piano duos. We have commissioned 15 pieces of new music, including a concerto. We have created PIANO SLAM, a program that uses music - our music - to enhance learning and communication skills for teens.

During those years, we have learned a lot from our artists and from you, our audience and supporters. Principally, it is this: the competition, core of our existence, is incredibly important to many because they love seeing young artists start their careers.  But for others, the attraction is a passion for great music.  There are those who want to be challenged by new works and those who enjoy the pairing of music with dance and other genres.  And finally, in PIANO SLAM, the surprise of mixing classical music with hip hop, pop and poetry and the combination of professional artists with students in stage performances. 

Beginning a few seasons ago, we started to broaden our musical palette, and you have told us you enjoyed it.  This season we continue that journey  - classical classics, Cuban classics, jazz, improvisations on film music, orchestral sounds, all of it anchored by two grand pianos. Stay engaged with us; we hope you enjoy the trip.  Tickets for the season will go on sale next month.

We have a bit of very exciting news about PIANO SLAM: it is starting to take root in Holland. Please see Music Director Maarten Van Veen's commentary below. He has been one of the program's founding artists and wanted to bring it home into his own community. The response has been immensely gratifying!

Finally, the music. Please read about Duo Genova & Dimitrov's latest CD and award. 

I so much look forward to see you at our concerts beginning next October. Thank you for your patronage, your interest, your involvement and your passion. 



Warm regards,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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