June 14, 2006

Celebrating The Piano

It's a music program that nurtures the hands and minds of young performers.

Pianofest in the Hamptons, directed by Paul Schenly, is a summer festival that offers concentrated music study to a small group of pianists who are selected by audition. The teaching at Pianofest stresses an ethic based on support rather than competition. In addition to emphasizing the solo repertoire, students accompany each other in concertos and explore the duo piano literature. East End venues for the 2006 season are as follows: the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton, the Madoo Conservancy Gardens in Sagaponack, and the Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center at 2 Pond Lane. Next Monday kicks off the season with a 5 p.m. performance at Guild Hall. Reservations are not needed in June, but will be essential for all concerts in July and August. Tickets are $10 at the door; students are free. Call 329-9115 for the summer's remaining performances or go to Pianofest.com to find out more information.

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