Show offers double the piano pleasure
CARBONDALE – Two pianists join forces today at Thunder River Theatre to present the classical music concert “1 Piano, 4 hands.”Betsy Schenck and Laurel Sheehan pair up to present the works of Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Schubert and Sousa on a Steinway grand piano as a benefit for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. with a $15 dollar donation at the door. Missouri Heights resident Schenck has studied and taught music for decades, including a 20-year stint at Colorado Mountain College and private lessons in piano and voice. She has been the organist and choir director at various churches, most recently at St. Barnabas in Glenwood. At one point, while pregnant, Schenck played Mother Superior in the local production of “The Sound of Music.” She additionally organized the Crystal River Opera Association with presentations of “Marriage of Figaro” and “Carmen.” Schenck earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Colorado College and her master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Carbondalians may best remember Sheehan’s recent performance of Bach’s “Art of Fugue” for two pianos with longtime musical partner Dr. Rob Haskins. Sheehan began formal piano study at age 5 and studied in Czechoslovakia at 13. She is a graduate of the famed Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
After graduating, Sheehan taught music theory and piano at Peabody Preparatory and also curated and performed the Baltimore Composers and Artists Project, a collaboration between visual artists and composers. She has taught students of all ages in Toronto, Baltimore and currently teaches kids and adults in the Roaring Fork Valley. She also has performed in England, Canada and throughout the United States and currently provides monthly concerts for Valley View Hospital patients as part of her Holistic Harmonies Music program.Her upcoming performances include the “Art of Fugue” and “Music in Similar Motion” with Haskins at the Carbondale Mountain Fair in July. Fifteen local blacksmiths will create sculpture in response to the Bach piece. In Winter 2008, she and Haskins will present John Cage’s “TWO2” in New Hampshire and New York City.For more information, call CCAH at 963-1680.
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