Ten sensational concert pianists and dozens of talented young musicians will take the stage at Benaroya Hall at 7pm on Friday, May 8 for the eighth annual Ten Grands Seattle benefit concert. Concertgoers will be treated to a musical variety show featuring classical, jazz, boogie-woogie, R&B, pop, original compositions and more. The virtuosos— all from Washington and Oregon — perform on a multi-tiered, rose-covered stage, playing as soloists as well as in various combinations, including all ten playing simultaneously.
“Music education is one of the most powerful learning experiences we can offer our children,” Ten Grands founder and artistic director Michael Allen Harrison emphasized, adding, “With its ability to provide a sense of joy and healing, music should be accessible to all children.” Nine other world-class pianists will be featured with Harrison: Colleen Adent, Yelena Balabanova, Shannon Cassady, Tom Grant, JJ Guo, John Nilsen, Arthur Migliazza, William Chapman Nyaho and Mac Potts.
Also during the performance, which takes place just before Mother’s Day, the Seattle Symphony’s Lullaby Project will be spotlighted as an example of the Seattle Symphony’s numerous education and community programs. In the Lullaby Project, teaching artists work with homeless mothers to compose personalized lullabies for their children, which are performed and recorded by Seattle Symphony musicians for the mothers.
Proceeds support the Seattle Symphony’s education and community programs and other select nonprofit musical arts and education organizations.
Posted on April 30, 2015READ MORE BEYOND THE STAGE