Given the growing concern around COVID-19, and in light of the ban on large public gatherings declared on March 12th by Oregon Governor Brown, the Sunriver Music Festival Board of Trustees has decided that it is in the best interest of our patrons to cancel our upcoming Piano Showcase event. The safety and well-being of our patrons and performers is paramount.
Ticket holders to the Piano Showcase at the Tower Theatre will soon receive an email outlining next steps. On behalf of everyone at the Sunriver Music Festival - we truly appreciate your investment in Central Oregon's ever-important arts and culture community.
We are excited to already be in conversation with featured pianist and collaborator Michael Allen Harrison about presenting this event in April 2021, so, stay tuned!
This 2-day event will be enjoyed by Central Oregon visitors and residents of all ages. Concerts and workshops are geared toward music-makers and music-appreciators alike.
-> Friday Concert 7:30 p.m. featuring all four pianists celebrating the versatility and virtuosity of piano.
-> Workshops, masterclasses, and musical conversations with all four pianists throughout the day Saturday -- See full schedule below.
-> Saturday Concert 7:30 p.m. highlighting collaborations with all four pianists and even more amazing solo performances.
(The two evening concerts are two completely different programs -- you'll want to attend both for the full experience!)
Here's a fun snippet of featured pianists Arthur Migliazza, Sean Chen, and Adam Birnbaum in a spontaneous collaboration of "You've Got A Friend In Me" at last year's Piano Showcase at the Tower!
WHO: YOU, along with piano teachers, piano players, and music-appreciators of all stripes.
Unique to this event is the integration of multiple genres of music. Always considered yourself
a purely classical enthusiast? Let’s see how the jazz cats swing it! Prefer a tangy jazz lick or
walking bass groove? Hear about Bach and Beethoven’s influence on the bluest of blue notes.
HOW MUCH: $80 for all-inclusive full pass. All the concerts, all the workshops, all of it!
Students age 21 and under get the all-inclusive full pass for just $40.
Individual concert tickets are $35 for Friday night or $35 for Saturday night. (Students $10)
FEATURED PERFORMERS FOR 2020:
MICHAEL ALLEN HARRISON
Composer, songwriter and pianist Michael Allen Harrisonis founder of Portland’s famed Ten Grands concert series. Delivering music to the heart, his classical contemporary style carves a distinct niche of timeless music that has connected with thousands throughout his three-decade career. He is known for his magical piano solos, for creating music for ballet, theater and film, and for his love for teaching and for his giving spirit. He has created over fifty albums released through MAH Records.
Colleen Adent is a classically trained, improvisationally minded pianist. With over 35 years of experience as a performer, composer, arranger, and teacher, she is known as one of the Pacific Northwest’s most accomplished pianists. The uniqueness of Colleen’s artistry lies in her ability to improvise as well as perform as a classical musician. These two disciplines are often viewed as two separate worlds, but Colleen lives comfortably in both places, embracing the strengths of each musical world to create a fresh, dynamic, engaging listening experience. Colleen’s warm personality and skillful playing naturally invite the listener to join her in embracing the moment.
Born totally-blind, American Idol contestant Mac Potts has been stunning crowds since he began his professional career at 11 years old. A prodigy, he studied the piano classically until he discovered rock-n-roll and began picking up the blues. He soon began playing in blues festivals across the nation. Mac has shared his talent with fans in New York, Washington D.C., and the concert halls of Portland, Florida, and Seattle. A Ten Grands artist since 2011, Mac quickly became a favorite addition to the show with his high-energy and engaging performances.
Pianist and pedagogue Andrea Johnson is Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Northern Iowa. Andrea obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma and also holds degrees from University of Oregon (Masters in Piano Pedagogy) and Portland State University (Bachelors of Musical Arts in Performance). Active as an adjudicator in multiple Music Teachers Associations, Andrea was most recently a judge for the 2019 Steinway Junior Piano Competition.
2019's Featured Pianists Adam Birnbaum, Arthur Migliazza, and Sean Chen:
Piano Showcase is sponsored in part by a grant from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund