The talents of seven of Tucson’s finest pianists will be on display when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra holds the Piano Bash! at Tucson Music Hall on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Joining the TSO for this one-night-only event will be Paula Fan, Jeff Haskell, Rex Woods, Christopher Cano, Kyungsun Choi and Rachael and Melissa Radtke. Matthew Kasper will conduct and All-American UA basketball star Bob Elliott will emcee. TSO musicians are donating their service to benefit TSO youth and family programs.
The program will start with one piano and then keep building until there are six pianos onstage. The music will range from solo piano to Morton Gould’s intricate and melodious Inventions for 4 Pianos and Orchestra and the show-stopping “Stars and Stripes Forever” for six pianos! Also featured are favorites by Bach, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns and the premiere of “Two Moonlights,” an arrangement by Jeff Haskell of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and the pop standard, “Moonlight in Vermont,” which he will perform with Paula Fan.
The pianists are:
- Paula Fan, TSO principal keyboard and Regents' Professor Emerita from the University of Arizona
- Jeff Haskell, jazz pianist, arranger and conductor and University of Arizona Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year in 2014
- Rex Woods, University of Arizona music professor, best known to regional audiences for his frequent artistic performances as both a soloist and chamber musician.
- Melissa and Rachael Radtke, winners of the 2016-17 TSO Young Artists Competition
- Christopher Cano, a University of Arizona graduate who now maintains a private studio in New York
- Kyungsun Choi, noted accompanist for the Reveille Men’s Chorus
A portion of the proceeds from the Piano Bash! supports the Tucson Symphony’s youth and family programming that reaches over 40,000 children. The TSO provides the most in-depth music education programs for children in all of Arizona. These nationally recognized programs are designed for toddlers through college age students to help them develop life-skills, critical thinking and self-awareness through music. These programs include Music in the Schools, Kinderkonzerts, Young People’s Concerts, ensemble performances, Just for Kids and the Young Composers Project.
“Key to Success” partnerships are available: for $500 Piano Bash! partners will receive two tickets to the concert and the “Key Note After Party Bash” at the Museum of Contemporary Art to meet the artists, enjoy complimentary food, beverages and entertainment.
The Piano Bash! is made possible with support from TEP, AAA Insurance and Ley Piano.
Tickets to the Piano Bash! are $36, $52 and $88. The $88 ticket includes admission to the reception following the performance. Tickets are available online, at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office, 2175 N. Sixth Avenue or by phone at (520) 882-8585. TSO Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
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