2009-12-17 / News

Community Piano Association to sponsor competition preview

Samuel Hollister, an eighthgrader at the Lawn Avenue School, and Dennis Wu of East Greenwich, a senior at Rocky Hill School, will preview their programs for the Music Teachers National Association eastern division competition on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church.

Both are students of Dr. Manabu Takasawa, associate professor of music at URI.

Hollister’s program includes works by Bach, Debussy, Beethoven and Khachaturian. Wu will play works by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and Sancan.

“The community piano was meant for just this kind of concert,” said Janet Grant, a member of the Jamestown Community Piano Association board. “We are very happy to have talented students – especially a student who lives in Jamestown – play for the people of Jamestown.”

Hollister and Wu have previously performed in both the R.I. Music Educators Association competition and URI’s Piano Extravaganza! They were two of only 12 students selected to play at RIMEA’s solo and ensemble honors recital last June.

Wu won second place in the senior division at Piano Extravaganza! in 2008.

The upcoming MTNA competition will be held at Ithaca College in January 2010. MTNA is a national group of independent and studio music teachers whose goal is to “advance the value of music study and music making to society.” The annual competition includes three age levels for piano competition, and each of the 14 states in the eastern division will send one student from each age category to compete at the division level.

Hollister and Wu are R.I.’s representatives at the junior and senior piano levels, respectively.

“Our division is probably the toughest,” said Steve Hollister, Hollister’s father. “Last year, the girl who won the eastern division junior piano also won the national competition. She was spectacular.”

The Jamestown community piano, purchased by public subscription in November 2001, is a seven-foot Schimmel grand. All concerts are free; donations for piano maintenance and performance support are appreciated.

Call 423-0515 for more information.

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