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The annual event at George Fox will feature eight grand pianos and 18 performers

Can you imagine the sound emanating from eight grand pianos being played by high-level performers within the confines of a concert hall legendary for its acoustics?PHOTO COURTESY OF GFU - George Fox University professor Kenn Willson and some of his students at the university and his piano studio will perform at the event.

Well, no need to exercise your imagination as the 14th annual Bösendorfer Artist Concert Series is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Bauman Auditorium on the campus of George Fox University.

The evening will feature 18 performers playing eight grand pianos, sometimes with 16 performing simultaneously and sometimes in concert with the university's massive Rodgers pipe organ. The pianists were selected from a pool of GFU students and pupils at GFU professor Kenn Willson's piano studio.

The program will feature Bach's "Concerto for 3 Pianos," Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" and Beethoven's "3 Marches" in a tribute to 250th anniversary of the legendary composer's birth. In addition, three pianists will perform Saint-Saëns' "Rondo Capriccioso."

The featured music will be rounded out with well known ditties such as "Skip to My Lou," "Stars and Stripes Forever," two modern praise songs and a hymn that will give the audience an opportunity to join in.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and alumni and $6 for students and children under age 12. All tickets are reserved seating and may be purchased online by visiting www.music.georgefox.edu/concerts or call the university box office at 503-554-3844.

The concert continues the university music department's tradition of hosting classically-trained pianists since its inception in 2007. Past performers have include Baruch Meir, Gianluca Luisa, Valentina Lisitsa and last year's performer, Soheil Nasseri.


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