Tuesday, April 13, 2010

21ST Piano Extravaganza

On Saturday evening, Peru State College hosted the Twenty-First Piano Extravaganza.

As they have done for previous performances, proud family members, friends, students, and teachers filled to capacity the Peru State Theater to enjoy the eight sets of piano players that entertained the audience for an hour of music.

Each year, Dietze Music House sets the stage with fourteen pianos along with the college's piano, allowing as many as thirty people to play at once in each of the eight groups.

And the players and groups featured both the young and the experienced, in ascending order from Group One to Group Eight.

To get a feel for the excitement and the fun, take a look at the photographs I posted from this evening of music.

Because Groups Three, Five, and Seven each include a Peru State College faculty member's child, I created a video of each of these three groups.

The video of Group Three features among the many players Heidi Welsh (whose husband is Chemistry professor Dennis Welsh) and daughter Charlotte; see the photograph of them on the right.

The talent continues with the thirty musicians in Group Five.

This lively performance includes the son of PSC Biologists Rich and Deb Clopton, Ellis (in the photograph on the left).

And finally, the Group Seven video features among all the other
excellent players the daughter of Biologist John Hnida and Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies instructor Mara Giles, Sofia (pictured on the right).

I believe that over the past few years, Charlotte, Ellis, and Sofia
have taken lessons from Dr. Tom Ediger, who conducts and organizes each year the Piano Extravaganza.

Enjoy the music and all the talent.

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