Many Hands Make Light-Hearted Work: Family-Friendly Piano Bash to Showcase Virtuosos’ Flying Fingers, Feb. 4 and 5

Wednesday, January 25 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The 2012 Lionel Hampton School of Music Piano Bash promises a spectacular display of flying fingers as over 30 virtuoso pianists, including faculty, students and community piano teachers, play together.

The pieces range from two people tickling out a number, to up to ten people using as many as six pianos, simultaneously.

“There is something for everyone,” says virtuoso pianist Sandy Mauchley, Piano Bash performer and co-producer. “We perform with flying fingers, wear colorful and unique costumes and singers, comic actors and a hilarious narrator to create a show that appeals to audiences of all ages.”

The event is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5 in the Lionel Hampton School of Music Haddock Performance Hall on the University of Idaho campus.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the School of Music office or at the door. Tickets cost $8 for adults; $5 for students and senior citizens; $20 for a family of four; and $4 for each additional child.

Sandy and Jay Mauchley, professors emeriti at the Lionel Hampton School of Music and producers of the event, bill the show as “a musical journey complete with tour guide.”

The interactive concert is hosted and narrated by Al Gemberling, professor of music. He invites audience members to: march with the soldiers as they perform Leon Jessel’s “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”; listen and watch in horror as students play the “Danse Macabre,” by Saint-Saens, with a company of frightening actors; watch the elephants and the swans from “The Carnival of the Animals,” followed by the birds as they perform, “The Thieving Magpie” by Rossini; smile at the shenanigans of the “Musical Chairs Variations” based on “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home?”; laugh at the performance of “Feed Me” from the Little Shop of Horrors, offered by baritone Kyle Ferrill; and marvel at the technical tour de force of pianists gathering at six grand pianos, joined by woodwinds and brass instruments, for John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The Mauchleys began producing multi-piano concerts in 1983 and have since staged nine of the unique performances.

“The 2012 revival should be the best ever,” said Mauchley.
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