Opening Night PIANOFEST Free Recital , Reception, This Friday June 7th – RSVP Here
Free Pianofest bag to all who attend.
Our 4th Annual Celebration of the “World’s Finest Piano” Mason & Hamlin
All events will take place in the Burbank store with 2 events to take place in Pasadena. Program announcement for those will be forthcoming.
Friday June 7th 7:30 pm Tribute to Pianist Mario Feninger
Just prior to our first PianoFest 4 years ago our beloved friend Mario Feninger passed. A few weeks later we decided to celebrate his extraordinary life. It is now our tradition to open our PianoFest with an evening honoring the memory of our friend, the late genius pianist and Chopin interpreter extraordinaire, Mario Feninger. He was internationally regarded as one of the best piano teachers in the world for creating a technique of effortless exertion. He taught how to get more with less. We were lucky to know him and we were lucky enough to experience his genius in recital. Don’t miss this evening of performances by his friends and colleagues along with their remembrances of his life and music. RSVP at 818-954-8500. http://www.mariofeninger.com
June 15th All Day – Mason & Hamlin Openhouse
Featuring live demonstrations by some of our artist friends and impromptu performances. Refreshments all day and videos on our big screen showing how Mason & Hamlin pianos are made.
June 21st th 7:30pm – Bryan Pezzone – “the multi faceted pianist”
We’re delighted BRYAN PEZZONE is joining us again this year. Last year no one wanted to go home from his unique performance. Bryan has been a freelance performing and recording artist in the Los Angeles area since 1987. He is known as a versatile performer who is comfortable in classical, contemporary and improvisational styles. He performs with composers and musicians as diverse as Pierre Boulez, John Williams, and John Adams, and records on countless film and television soundtracks. He is the pianist in the group Free Flight, a crossover classical/jazz quartet. These concerts feature many of his own compositions. In addition, Bryan has initiated a performing series that he calls “FREEDOM SERIES” which involves improvisations and verbal musings on life. He has been principal pianist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991-1999 as well as the former chair and founder of the Multi-focused keyboard department at the California Institute of the arts from 1987- 2000. He abandoned both those positions in order of discovering new paths and is passionate about continuously redefining himself and his role as an artist, musician, and person in today’s complex and eclectic culture. We are very excited to have him back this year for the PianoFest. Please RSVP at 818-954-8500. http://www.bryanpezzone.net
June 28 th – 7:30pm – Brendan White – very popular classical pianist
Los Angeles based pianist Brendan White enjoys the diverse life of a solo and collaborative musician, having performed music that spans many centuries and genres, across the U.S. and in Europe. He has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova (Eastman School of Music), and the Delta Symphony Orchestra. White’s collaborations in Southern California have included the Mühlfeld Trio, which won the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Speakeasy Society, and Eighteen Squared. He is also a founding member of the Sunset ChamberFest in Los Angeles: www.sunsetchamberfest.com Local recital appearances include: Glendale Noon Concerts, Pasadena Presbyterian Music at Noon, Greystone Mansion, Music@Mimoda, Mason Concerts.
White was born and raised in Tennessee before attending Eastman to study with Thomas Schumacher, and then, the University of Southern California, with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he was awarded Outstanding Master’s Graduate of the Thornton School of Music. As a devoted performer of new music, he has worked with notable composers and conductors including Thomas Adès, Donald Crockett, Alan Pierson, Steven Stucky and Jeffrey Milarsky. Please RSVP at 818-954-8500.
June 29th – 2:00pm – David Andersen and Pianist Friends- He will talk about pianos as only an expert can and his great pianist friends will play.
World renowned Steinway and Mason & Hamlin piano rebuilder discusses the elements of a great American piano. David came to California to be rocker but along the way wound up being one of the most respected piano technicians in the country. David brings his unique perspective as a musician to his work. He will discuss what makes one piano better than another and what to look for when evaluating which piano to get. What are the different materials pianos are made form today and the arguments for one over another. Q&A to following the event. Come take advantage of his expertise. He often charges hundreds of dollars for this kind of consulting. Please RSVP at 818-954-8500.
June 30th 2:00 pm – The Piano Story featuring Professor Mario Merdirossian
With a very entertaining approach but solid scholarship, pianist Mario Merdirossian talks about the factors leading up to the invention of the piano, as well as its 300 years of evolution. The narrative includes projected images, sound clips of Cristofori’s forte piano, Mozart, Beethoven and other composers’ pianofortes, and a live replica of Cristofori’s first piano action, to explain its revolutionary mechanics. He also details further technological developments by Silbermann, Stein, Broadwood, Erard and Steinway, ending the narrative with an overview of today’s piano manufacturing. To supplement the story, he performs period pieces by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ginastera and Gershwin.
The Piano Story is must-see educational experience for piano buyers, music professionals, students and all people interested in knowing all the facts about the piano!
Also it will be the final chance for Mason & Hamlin PianoFest 2019 factory rebates with never to be repeated pricing. Act now or wait until next year’s PianoFest. Many of the artists who have played for us over the past 3 weeks will be on hand to answer questions, play pianos, and even help to select a piano. Hollywood Piano owner Glenn Treibitz will be available. Please come and present all offers on the Mason & Hamlin piano of your dreams. Please RSVP at 818-954-8500.