DECEMBER 2018

Dear Friends -

2018 was an interesting year.

For me, these past 12 months were a jumble of conflicting states of being: deep joy, as for instance being present in the soaring beauty of Beethoven's sublime Ode to Joy, or holding my granddaughter for the first time with my other arm around her brother; or bone chilling fear at the thought of what kind of world we are leaving for those children. The wish to be better stewards and better angels. And the constant question of what I personally can do to make a change.

John Luther Adams, whose work "Dark Waves" will be featured in the Dranoff January 13 concert, said this: "... in its own way music can matter every bit as much as politics, and perhaps more. I believe now that art is more essential to solving the problems facing the human animal than politics.. It's impossible for me to regard my life as a composer as separate from my life as a thinking human being and a citizen of the Earth. Although it begins in solitude, my work is completed in community."

Community happens when we come together to celebrate and experience the arts.  The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation brought a wonderful array of such moments last season. We kicked off this, the 2018-2019, season with collaboration with the FIU Music Festival in October, as well as with a beautiful Salon concert at the Coral Gables Museum to celebrate a very special birthday of our Board member Maxine Long.  Olha Chipak and Oleksyi Kushnir feted her with generosity and artistic brilliance, the same qualities they brought to the concert in October.

Community is engagement. Thank you for showing yours when you supported us as part of Give Miami Day, the Miami Dade community's largest philanthropic effort. 

Community calls us to be part of a dialogue. On January 13, Maarten Van Veen and Ralph Van Raat are performing  "Songs of the Sea and Civilization", a program inspired by the very thoughts expressed by John Luther Adams in the observation above.

Community is the moment when "interesting" can become inspiring and active. That is the power of PIANO SLAM, Dranoff's youth program that uses music as a platform for teenagers to enhance education,  spark creativity and empower communication.  More than in prior years, PIANO SLAM 11 will take that "leap of faith" of art as an essential means leading to reflection and the desire to act.

The actions we each of us choose can imbue "interesting" with inspiration, solutions, hope and joy. 

I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.



Warmly,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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