Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 7:00PM
General Admission: $20
Steinway Society Members: $15
Cash or check, payable at the door
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun has become one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art. Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters, he is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists. Steeped in the rich legacy of this tremendously exciting music, Mr. B learned directly from blues and boogie legends like Little Brother Montgomery, Boogie Woogie Red, and Blind John Davis.
In demand for both educational programs and concert performances, he has performed coast to coast and throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, and South America. In 2002 and 2016, he was a guest artist at the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. He is also the organizer of the annual Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration that attracts major figures in the blues and jazz piano world to Ann Arbor for collaborative performances with Mr. B.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 10:00 – 11:30 AM (doors open at 9:30 AM)
RSVP to Sharon Gomulka at 734-634-2650
The Livonia Area Piano Teachers Forum (LAPTF) invites our American veterans and their families to a special presentation about The Victory Vertical Piano Project. Dr. Garik Pedersen, Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University, will tell in words and music an amazing and little-known story about these pianos, a.k.a. Olive Drab Government Issue, “O.D.G.I.”, that were built by Mr. Henry Z. Steinway and Mr. Roman de Majewski and shipped in the field for the military during World War II, supplying soldiers with music to improve morale and strengthen resolve.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
General Admission: $15
Steinway Society Members: $10
Cash or check, payable at the door
Singer/composer/lyricist/producer/arranger Susan Tobocman has been making a name for herself among audiences and musicians alike on the New York jazz scene for a number of years. Whether leading her own gigs at Zinc Bar (where she was the original artist-in-residence), Metropolitan Room, Flatiron Room, Symphony Space, Highline Ballroom, Smalls, The Bitter End, Birdland, Cliff Bell’s, Steinway Piano Gallery, Smoke, or Cleopatra’s Needle (among countless others) — or as the guest of such luminaries as Barry Harris, Al Foster, or the late Doc Cheatham — Susan is equally comfortable working as a leader or sideman. Susan’s extensive repertoire of standards — from the familiar to the obscure — is distinctly enhanced by her inventive arrangements, in addition to her original compositions. Susan’s purpose in writing is “to communicate through the universal language of music, to expand and go deeper, and to lean into the unknown” (Susan Tobocman).
“Sets include a wonderful mix of standards, as well as Susan’s own sophisticated compositions. Any audience is sure to leave wanting more.” – Detroit Free Press
“Susan sings with a warm, smooth delivery, and a genuine feeling for the music. Really soulful…very swingin’.” – Mark Murphy, vocalist
Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
General Admission: $15 per person
Children Under 12: $10 per person
Admission payable at the door
PROGRAM: Enescu’s Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Chopin’s Polonaise brillante in C major, Op. 3, and Chopin’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8
Kazimierz Brzozowski has garnered international acclaim for his captivating performances at the piano, in particular the music of Chopin. He frequently appears in concerts in the United States, Japan and Poland and has performed as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Lublin Philharmonic and other orchestras in the U.S.A. and Poland. Kazimierz Brzozowski has won the top prize at the Polish Piano Festival and received awards from the Chopin Society in Warsaw, Ann Arbor Musical Society in Michigan, University of Michigan, Kosciuszko Foundation in New York and others. Read more