Sunriver Music Festival’s Piano Showcase April 1-2 celebrates the versatility and virtuosity of the piano

SUNRIVER, Oregon – This year Piano Showcase: from Bach to boogie and jazz offers two unique and exceptional public concerts, Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2, as well as a rare glimpse into Central Oregon’s first Piano Training Weekend.

This includes masterclasses and workshops not to be missed if you are looking to improve your piano playing.

“Don’t miss our 4th Annual Piano Showcase if you want to be swept away by the magic of the piano. If you teach music, aspire to be a pianist, or simply enjoy listening to music, this is the event for you. explains Meagan Iverson, executive director of the Sunriver Music Festival. “Our workshops offer the public a rare opportunity to see music teachers and students learn from four piano masters.”

Pianist Michael Allen Harrison (founder of the popular Big Ten concert series) orchestra on weekends with guest artists Mac Potts, Colleen Adent and Andrea Johnson. The weekend emphasizes the singularity of the mixture of genres and the virtuosity of the four performers. The program of Saturday workshops and masterclasses includes:

  • How to practice, polish and perform a masterclass. Pro tips on how to learn a piece from scratch, what to do next, and how to take it to pro-level performance with Michael Allen Harrison and Colleen Adent.
  • Improvisation masterclass: three perspectives. Expert improvisers in multiple genres, the guest artists will each give their unique point of view as the students perform. Saturday will also include an improvisation workshop and even more performances from the piano masters with Michael Allen Harrison, Colleen Adent and Mac Potts.
  • Classic Master Class: Dr. Andrea Johnson. Andrea Johnson is assistant professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Northern Iowa. Andrea received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and also holds degrees from the University of Oregon (Masters in Piano Pedagogy) and the University of Portland State (Bachelor of Musical Arts in Performance).
  • Workshop: Improvisation for Classical, Jass, Blues and Pop. Raise your level of in-the-moment creativity during a jam session (yes, a jam session) with Mac, Michael and Colleen.
  • Musical conversation forum. Saturday workshops end with the popular “Musical Conversations” forum. The four pianists will engage in an open conversation with the participants. This 30-minute session has proven over the past three years to be an ideal time to wrap up the abundance of music and kick off into the closing concert later in the evening.

The Saturday night concert features collaborations with Michael Allen Harrison, Andrea Johnson, Colleen Adent and Mac Potts and even more stunning solo performances (the Friday night concert is a completely different program with the four pianists. You will want to attend both. I promise!)

This interactive 2-day event takes place April 1-2 at Bend’s Tower Theatre. You can attend all the events or one or both evening concerts. For tickets and details, visit sunrivermusic.org or email [email protected] The weekend features four renowned pianists:

  • Michael Allen Harrison, composer, songwriter and pianist, is the founder of the famous Big Ten concert series. He is known for his magical piano solos, for creating music for ballet, theater and film, as well as for his love of teaching and generous spirit. He has created more than fifty albums released by MAH Records.
  • Born totally blind, American Idol contestant macpott has been wowing crowds since he started his professional career aged 11. Mac has shared his talent with fans in New York, Washington DC and at concert halls in Portland, Florida and Seattle.
  • Colleen Adent is a classically trained improv pianist. With over 35 years of experience as a performer, composer, arranger and teacher, she is known as one of the most accomplished pianists in the Pacific Northwest. Colleen’s warm personality and skillful acting naturally invite the listener to join her in embracing the moment.
  • Pianist and pedagogue, Andrea Johnson is assistant professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Northern Iowa. Andrea received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and also holds degrees from the University of Oregon (Masters in Piano Pedagogy) and the University of Portland State (Bachelor of Musical Arts in Performance). Active as a judge in several music teacher associations, Andrea was recently a judge for the 2019 Steinway Junior Piano Competition.

Sunriver Music Festival is committed to expanding audiences for classical music by nurturing the next generation of artistic talent and presenting a world-class musical experience to residents and visitors to central Oregon.

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