On Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Pat Davis, Boki Cvetkovski and Parker Neal, talented musicians, will challenge each other as they perform at pianos in the Coolidge Theatre for Hamilton-Gibson Productions Sixth Annual Dueling Pianos. The theatre is located at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.
Dueling Pianos is an informal, fun event, not black tie and tails.
The pianists do not rehearse in advance. Nothing is pre-planned. One pianist will pick a tune and begin playing or make a suggestion and the others will join in. The audience will get to hear all styles of music and on-the-spot improvisations and get to pick some of the songs.
“I am shocked that people fill the hall to see musicians who in this case have never met before, do not practice with each other, and who have very little idea of what they will be playing next. Personally, I love the challenge that it brings to come up with something on the spot, given only the title of the piece and what key it will be in,” said Davis.
“It takes a certain type of player to do this; one who knows the song and can easily shift keys or, if he doesn’t know the music can ‘hear’ in his mind where the chords are going and play along,” she added.
“Each of us will have a microphone and be bantering with each other and the audience. Adding to the fun now and then is when a couple will get out of their seats and dance as we tickle the ivories.”
Also performing at Dueling Pianos for the first time will be Dan Krise on upright bass.
“I always look forward to David Driskell playing, too,” Davis said. “He is a tremendous and versatile musician, who plays several instruments extremely well. Among them are the clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle and musical saw.”
Reservations are recommended for this popular, fun event. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. For more information or to make reservations, call Hamilton-Gibson at (570) 724-2079, email email@example.com or visit www.hamiltongibson.org.
Sponsors are Senior’s Creations and The Main Street Olive Oil Company at 75 Main St. and The Main Street Creamery at 17 Main St., all in Wellsboro.