2009-09-03 / About Town

Community piano concert series kicks off Sept. 20

The Jamestown Community Piano Association has announced plans for its third season of concerts featuring performances on the Jamestown community piano. The four concerts of the 2009-2010 series will be held at St. Matthew’s Church.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The first concert will be held Sunday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.

“We are very lucky to have Paul Rosenbloom, principal pianist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, as our first performer of the season,” said board member Janet Grant. “He’ll be joined by other members of the Musica Dolce chamber orchestra for part of the concert.”

Other concerts are planned for Nov. 8, March 21 and May 9.

The November concert will be a showcase for students in the piano performance program at the University of Rhode Island.

“The concert gives serious piano students preparing for their recitals a chance to practice performing for a warm, non-academic audience,” said board member Nancy Bennett, a graduate of the URI program who also performed on the piano as a student in 2006.

Eileen Hutchins, award-winning pianist and chair of the piano faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., will play at the March 21 concert. She is a frequent recitalist and soloist and, in 1992, co-founded the Delmarva Piano Festival.

On May 6, Manabu Takasawa, associate professor of music and codirector of music graduate studies at the University of Rhode Island, will perform Cesar Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, as well as a program of requested works.

The Rhode Island Foundation has provided funding for this season’s concert series through the Newport County Fund.

“We are also looking for sponsors – for a whole concert, or for an individual performer, or maybe for the piano tuning, one of those mundane but irreducible expenses,” said Ann Zartler, whose family is sponsoring Rosenbloom’s performance in September. “Donations are also welcome, both at the door and at other times.”

The Jamestown community piano, purchased by the people of Jamestown in November 2001, is a seven-foot Schimmel grand. The Jamestown Community Piano Association is an organization whose purpose is to maintain the piano for use by the community and to present concerts that feature the piano.

Call 423-0515 for more information.

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