VISION

Our vision is to connect our community to the richness and beauty of classical music and inspire all ages through world-class performances and informative discussions.

 

We commit to preserving and presenting great music literature featuring artists of the highest caliber and enriching 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

The real threat is that musical literature not regularly performed will fade from view and ultimately be lost. Keyboard literature, in particular, 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 keyboard music is vast. Private collections of some of this literature 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 compositions have never been heard by anyone living today. In addition, the volume of literature is so large that many works in the known literature have never been recorded and are rarely performed. Many will simply be lost without an active effort to preserve and perform these compositions. The preservation of fine 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 music 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 regarding the rarity of performance and the potential threat to extinction from the music repertoire. The risk of a musical composition fading from the repertoire through lack of performance is a threat we are determined to address! 

To define the status of a musical composition, we have borrowed from the concept of the International System Index, which defines the Conservation Status of Plant and Animal Species worldwide. In concert programs, each piece performed by an artist is accompanied by a chart that explains the worldwide performance frequency of the composition. Use this guide to reference the status of the pieces that will be played. The risk of a musical composition fading from the repertoire in the future, if not performed, is a risk that we, at Grand Piano Series, are determined to help prevent!
Raniero Tazzi, Co-Founder & Director

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