It’s great to have everyone back at their piano lessons. With a few new students starting, the studio is full!
Our first order of business is to make sure everyone is registered for Music Olympics. The registration deadline is September 23 so don’t delay. Watch here for ideas on free computer programs for practicing ear training and sightreading, listening opportunities, and tips and tricks for making this the best year of lessons yet.
Yesterday evening (Sept. 9, 2016), I had the privilege of performing in a benefit concert with my friends, violinist Gwen Taylor and cellist Margaret Thorndill. We played several piano trios for an intimate crowd of chamber music lovers as a kick-off to the Tacoma Symphony 2016-17 Season.
Margaret has been playing with the symphony for 30 years and Gwen, who is the current Associate Concertmaster, has been with the symphony for 20 years. They are both wonderful players and I am honored to have the opportunity to perform with them in support of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.
This Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Noon, I’ll be performing at the Listen Live at Lunch recital series at First Lutheran Church in downtown Tacoma. This is the sixth August that my friend and wonderful clarinetist, David Salge have presented a program together. David loves to come up with unique programming and this year we’re joined by flutist Lia Wax to perform three pieces that have been transcribed for that combination of instruments by Michael Webster.
The first is of special interest to pianists- Debussy’s Petite Suite, which was originally written for piano-4 hands. Then we’ll play a lovely transcription of the famous orchestral piece Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. The concert closes with Bizet’s Carmen Variations which I’ve played in many contests with flutists. The clarinet is a great addition and we will fly to the end!
You can eat your lunch during the concert or sit on a blanket in Wright Park and listen via the church’s sound system. I hope you can come!
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Welcome to Coni Liljengren Piano Studio!
Yes, that is a Ninja Turtle playing the piano. While my students don’t always play in costume, we had a great event last year that brought out Harry Potter, Hermione, Ninja Turtles, Fancy Nancy, and many more. Join the fun!