Showing posts with label piano. Show all posts
Showing posts with label piano. Show all posts

Sunday, April 12, 2020

LiveARTS: Michael Lewin plays a free concert from his home - Apr 19


Don't miss the
final concert
of our
2019-20 season!

Internationally acclaimed
concert pianist

Michael Lewin

has graciously agreed
to perform
 from his home
on Zoom!

Sunday April 19 at 3 p.m.
Please join us for
this free online concert
using this link:

Michael Lewin Concert

You can download Zoom
using this link:

Download Zoom
Pianist Michael Lewin brings his artistry to our LiveARTS audience in a SPECIAL ZOOM EVENT. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, he will perform that composers's Variations in C Minor. He will also perform music of Chopin and Debussy. He will share his insights into the music he plays, and will open up the event to a Q & A with audience members.
Michael Lewin
Michael Lewin
Michael Lewin is one of America's most active and popular concert pianists, having played for audiences in more than 30 countries. His career was launched with victories in several international piano competitions. His numerous recordings have won a Grammy Award and a Round Glass Music Award. Mr. Lewin is Professor and Head of Piano at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Director of Classical Music for Ethos Music in China. He is a Julliard School graduate. His teachers included Leon Fleisher, Yvonne Lefebure, Adele Marcus and Irwin Freundlich.
This is a free concert. If you have bought a ticket for the concert on April 19, please consider making a gift of the purchase price to LiveARTS. If you would like a refund, please call 774-571-7920 to make arrangements.
Thank you!
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Friday, February 8, 2019

LiveARTS Concert - Three Centuries of Music for Cello - Feb 17

LiveARTS Concert - Three Centuries of  Music for Cello - Feb 17
LiveARTS Concert - Three Centuries of  Music for Cello - Feb 17

LiveARTS Concert - Three Centuries of  Music for Cello - Feb 17

Three Centuries of

Music for Cello
Aron Zelkowicz, cello
Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano

Music of Handel, Prokofiev, Cassado,
Stutschewsky, and Piazzolla
Sunday, February 17
3:00 PM
First Universalist Society in Franklin
262 Chestnut Street
Franklin, Massachusetts.
Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students 18 and under by donation
Tickets available at the door or on our website –
The building is handicapped accessible.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Parking is free.

For more information about LiveARTS,
please call 774-571-7920 or visit our website.

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LiveARTS, Franklin, Massachusetts
283 Prospect Street
Franklin, MA 02038

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Monday, February 4, 2019

FSPA Piano Student to Perform at Carnegie Hall

As a result of his outstanding 2017-18 Royal Conservatory examination, Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) piano student Peter Bryan, has been invited to perform at the New York Celebration of Excellence Recital at Carnegie Hall on February 16. 

The 13-year old Franklin resident has been studying with Ida Zelman at FSPA for 6 years. This will mark Bryan’s second performance at Carnegie Hall. He performed at the iconic venue last February as a result of last year’s exam.

The Royal Conservatory of Music recognizes students from the east coast of the United States who have been invited to perform in the Celebration of Excellence recital and provides a national standard of musical achievement for people of all ages studying music privately in the US, by offering a sequential course of study. 

The program centers on periodic one-on-one, adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also function as teaching and learning opportunities. Royal Conservatory is an optional piano curriculum offered by the Music Department at FSPA and taught by Ms. Zelman.

For information on Piano or other programs at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit, call 508-528-8668, or stop by 38 Main Street in Franklin. FSPA is currently offering an “All Access Pass” to prospective students which includes a free trial class or lesson and tickets to an upcoming performance.

FSPA piano student Peter Bryan with Ida Zelman
FSPA piano student Peter Bryan with Ida Zelman

Friday, September 21, 2018

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents Piano Lab!

New class offered THIS TRIMESTER!

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents a new and exciting class ... Piano Lab!

Learn how to play piano in a group setting! Progress at your own tempo! Our skilled piano lab instructors will help you achieve your piano goals!

Classes will include 3 to 6 students. With the use of headphones in class, along with our piano lab textbook, students will learn and practice with the guidance and individual attention from our piano lab instructors. Students will also participate in group piano pieces as part of a piano lab ensemble within the class setting.

Piano lab is a great class for beginners over the age of ten, and for students of all ages with previous musical experience on any instrument, for students who study voice, and for those who are interested in learning keyboard skills to augment their study of music. Vocal students can even learn to accompany themselves!

To register, please call reception at (508) 533-7700 or e-mail:

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents Piano Lab!
Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents Piano Lab!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Local Young Pianist Takes The Stage At Carnegie Hall

Franklin’s Peter Bryan, 11, performed at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, February 18, at the invitation of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program in recognition of his achieving First Class Honors in his piano music assessment. Peter, a piano student of Ida Zelman at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), performed Little Red Wagon, by T. Richert, in the Celebration of Excellence Awards recital, held at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. A highest scorer in Massachusetts in his level of piano performance, Peter demonstrated skills related to repertoire, technical requirements, musicianship and musical literacy.

“It's such a high honor and an incredible opportunity,” said Zelman of Peter’s achievement and Carnegie Hall experience. “I am beyond proud of Peter. He comes to every lesson prepared and eager to learn. He doesn’t back off from a challenge. He’s a high achiever, and The Royal Conservatory program has a huge base of repertoire that motivates him to learn pieces and perform them well.”

“Performing at Carnegie Hall was amazing,” said Peter. “I was nervous at first, but as I waited for my turn to play, the nerves went away. It was really exciting when I finally went on stage. When I played on the (Steinway) piano there, I knew it sounded really fancy. And I've never played in front of a crowd that big before.”

Peter, who started playing piano four years ago at age 7, first took to the instrument when his grandfather bought him a keyboard. His Poppa plays the piano and thought his grandson would enjoy it. “As I tried playing songs I knew by ear, my parents thought I should sign up for lessons,” said Peter.

FSPA Piano Instructor Ida Zelman with her student Peter Bryan
FSPA Piano Instructor Ida Zelman with her student Peter Bryan
He began studying one-on-one with Zelman, who credits that parental support as being a key component in her student’s growth and development on the instrument. She noted, “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the teacher and student, as well as the parents. It’s a partnership – a triangle, really. Without all three sides, there wouldn't be such success.” 

Zelman has utilized The Royal Conservatory program for more than two decades and now uses the curriculum with all of her students at FSPA. “It’s easy to follow, it progresses gradually and you can see the results,” she said.

The sequenced program begins with a preparatory level and progresses through advanced levels, with examinations offered three times annually to evaluate and recognize students’ achievements. Zelman praises the quality of the curriculum for offering a comprehensive, yet individualized and flexible path to train well-rounded musicians. She described, “It helps to develop ear training, sight reading, musical history and analysis, as well as a broad knowledge of repertoire across Baroque, Classical and Romantic/Modern time periods. But beyond that, the program and study of music in general helps expand students’ abilities and helps them grow as people. They improve memory skills, learn analytical thinking and enhance creativity. They discover history and geography as they come to know about composers’ lives and the countries in which they created their art. They develop life skills and broaden their horizons.”

“Every time I get a new song to play it's a new challenge,” Peter said. “And when I can finally play it, it's very rewarding. When I perform, I like the fact that I can make people happy with my music. Last weekend, I played some songs for my great-grandmother in the lobby of her Senior Living home. Several people heard me playing and came over to listen. When I was done, they clapped and told me how much they enjoyed the songs. I really liked that.”

The Carnegie Hall concert, which celebrated the achievements of Royal Conservatory program high scorers of 90% or above from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, provided a chance for these exceptional students to take the stage in one of the world’s finest concert halls. Divided into two groups for the 90-minute showcase, the students were able to watch half of the performance from the audience. “It was a great opportunity to see and hear each other perform,” said Zelman. “There were mostly pianists recognized that evening and they were at all different levels, from preparatory to level 8. There was a great sense of community.”

“I want to thank my teacher, Mrs. Zelman,” said Peter. “She's always very encouraging, and I would not have gotten to where I am with piano without her.”

Peter will perform in the studio recital of Ida Zelman in the FSPA Recital Hall (38 Main Street) on June 11 and will be featured in the school’s annual Spring Concert at the Franklin High School auditorium in May. To learn more about The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and instrumental instruction at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit or call (508) 528-8668.