Our vision is to connect our community to the richness and beauty of classical piano music and inspire all ages through world-class performances and informative discussions.
We are committed to preserve and present great keyboard literature featuring artists of the highest caliber, and to enrich our community through active outreach offering free performances to underserved populations, student programs, masterclasses, and lectures.
We encourage artists to present well-known compositions along with rarely performed repertoire to promote a deeper audience understanding and appreciation of threatened literature.
PRESERVE & PRESENT
There is a real threat that musical literature that is not performed will fade from view and ultimately be lost. Keyboard literature has a long history and provides a record of musical evolution throughout Western culture from 1360. With such a long history, the volume of classical piano music is vast. Some of this literature is still held privately, and the occurrence of multiple European and World wars resulted in the fragmentation of several music collections. Occasionally lost compositions surface as ongoing research uncovers old collections or individual works.
Many of these pieces have never been heard by anyone living today. In addition, the volume of literature is so large that many pieces in the known literature have never been recorded and are rarely performed. Without an active effort to preserve and perform these compositions, many will simply be lost. The preservation of fine piano literature in such danger is a driving force behind the Grand Piano Series.
In addition to presenting familiar works for audience enjoyment, we include outstanding compositions that are rarely (if ever) performed to broaden our audience’s appreciation and bring life to dormant compositions. To enhance audience appreciation and understanding, informative introductions addressing these pieces are typically incorporated into our performances.
We have developed a classification system for piano literature patterned after the International System for the Conservation Status of Plant and Animal Species. This classification helps us communicate the status of each piece performed in our concerts in terms of the rarity of performance and the potential threat to extinction from the piano repertoire. The risk of a musical composition fading from the repertoire through lack of performance is a threat we are determined to address!