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Festival of Keys Celebrates 10 Years with Romance
Romancing the Keys Comes to Anderson University

The Anderson University College of Visual and Performing Arts will present Romancing the Keys, a concert produced by the community’s favorite multi-piano group ensemble, Festival of Keys. The performance will come to the Daniel Recital Hall in the Rainey Fine Arts Center on February 14, 2009, at 8:00 pm and February 15, 2009, at 2:30 pm.

Romancing the Keys

Pianists (left to right) Beth Croft, Chris Cole, Annette Martin, Fran Pinson, Jamie Hawkins and Anda Mobley

Festival of Keys consists of an ensemble featuring Annette Cantrell Martin, director of the Senior Follies productions, and other accomplished pianists, Fran Pinson, Anda Mobley, Beth Croft, Jamie Hawkins and Chris Cole. Performing for 10 years together, Festival of Keys will be joined by special guests for their Valentine’s Day performances. Dr. James Clark, department chair of music at Anderson University, Stephen Taylor, music teacher at the Governor’s School and his student Lonnie Russell will unite with the main ensemble to bring a concert of musical variety and entertainment.

Romancing the Keys will be a concert following music as the language of love throughout the ages, featuring familiar music from Gershwin to Rachmaninoff. The stage will be set with four grand pianos and two digital pianos to create a stereo effect for the audience. The concert is not designed to merely be a stuffy rendition, but rather an exciting ensemble effort. Each piece has been arranged to fit the multi-player format, and the new compositions offer an exciting challenge to the experienced pianists. “We’re going to have fun with the music, not just perform it,” says Annette Cantrell Martin.

The performance promises to offer many romantic moments as well as many thrills, such as a rendition of “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” with twelve hands on only one piano! Tickets are on sale now, $10 general admission. Profits from the concert will go toward a music scholarship for Anderson University’s Music Department. Call (864) 231-2080 for more information.

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