MAY 2018

Dear Friends -

in this last newsletter of the 2017/2018 Dranoff season, I would like to share with you a look back and a preview. But I also do not want to forget the now.

Let me begin with the now. The now is that, thanks to you, Dranoff 2 Piano is celebrating 32 years of championing the unique Art of Two: discover and present new 2 piano stars; commission new works at a high level; present live Classical performances to enrich and engage thousands of public school teenagers with their participation in the annual PIANO SLAM program.

The "now" is a question: will you join me to support Dranoff 2 Piano's present and future by participating in our 2018 Spring Fundraising drive? Contribute over $200 and you will be celebrated at a private Salon Concert in September featuring Dranoff Competition winners. Click here to make a donation, or scroll down for more details.

Looking back to the past season, your contributions provided for over 60% of Dranoff's annual budget. Here are some highlights of what you helped make possible:
In October, Jazz pianists Shelly Berg & Martin Bejerano showcased Mancini film scores at the Coral Gables Art Cinema to a full house.

In February, we presente our first partnership with Seraphic Fire for a Beethoven's 9th concert at the New World Symphony. 500 rapt music lovers, on Superbowl Sunday no less, listened to Duo Chipak & Kushnir and singers Sarah Brailey, Amanda Crider, Brad Diamond and James Bass in a transporting performance.

Also in February, the culmination of PIANO SLAM 10 which engaged over 10,000 teenagers in Miami Dade Public Schools over the course of several months. The concert with Duo Trivella and DJ Cardi brought an audience of 1,700 to the Adrienne Arsht Center.
In April, the Bergmann Piano Duo filled the Coral Gables Congregational Church with their Classical Classics American concert, featuring the premiere of Jorge Mejia's An American Dream for Two Pianos, written for Dranoff.

May saw a sold out concert of Cuban Classical and Jazz music at the Black Box/Miami Dade County Auditorium with the premiere of Manuel Valera's Centenario, performed by the incredible pianists Manuel Valera and Orlando Alonso

As to community engagement in the context of PIANO SLAM, please scroll to the section dedicated to that program. There is just too much to include here. Also find the video link to PIANO SLAM 10.

About the future, the 2018-2019 Season, there will be premieres of two new works commissioned by Dranoff: a 2 piano composition by Robert Chumbley, Cries & Whispers, about Beethoven's descent into deafness, and the premiere of our first ever commission for a 2 piano concerto by Adam Schoenberg at New World Symphony.

To whet your appetite....
Broadening our commitment to 2 piano music, we will engage duos both from within and outside the circle of Dranoff Competition laureates. Thus, our opening concert features Chicago's renowned duo, Ralph Neiweem and Clarie Abersold in a concert that includes Robert Chumbley's Cries & Whispers.

The latest partnership concert with the Coral Gables Art Cinema will focus on music of film composer John Barry.

Our annual concert at the New World Center will be all about 21st Century composers and feature the premiere of Adam Schoenberg's concerto.

The theme of PIANO SLAM 11 at the Adrienne Arsht Center will be our oceans.
Our Classical Classics concert will take us back to the Coral Gables Congregational Church.

And finally, we will discover more of Cuban musical idols, in the Black Box/Miami Dade Auditorium.

Before I close, I would like to encourage you to let us share your reactions to the past season. I very much look forward to receiving your thoughts via email here.

My appeal to you? Take part in the Spring Fundraiser. Help us match our goal of $25,000. And as soon as tickets for the next season are know what to do.

There is a past. There is the present. Be part of our future.


Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board



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