Piano tour de force

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Professional pianists and student performers will participate in "A Piano Extravaganza: A Tour de Force on Four Grand Pianos." The show at the school's Performing Arts Center will start at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is created and produced by Grand Haven resident Walt Matzke. He said it’s amazing to hear them play the music he started arranging this past summer.

“It’s a dream a come true,” Matzke said.

The four master pianists have performed together in Montague, Zeeland, Milford, White Lake and Traverse City.

This year’s concert is a first for Grand Haven. Previously, they weren’t able to coordinate schedules with Grand Haven High School for a performance, said Donalee Knowlton, the concert’s executive assistant.

“We’re thrilled,” she said.

Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance through StarTickets.com and Meijer. Tickets are $7 for ages 4-12, $12 for ages 13-18, $15 for adults and $20 for VIP seating.

Professionals aren’t the only ones taking the Performing Arts Center stage on Friday. Knowlton said they look for local musicians in the area where they perform — which is why the four master pianists will be joined by eight adult guest pianists, percussionists, four youth pianists, the White Lake Chorale and the Grand Haven High School Chorale Ensemble.

Grand Haven choir director Shirley Lemon said the concert will provide the 24 singers in the Chorale Ensemble the unique opportunity of being accompanied by four pianos instead of one.

A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Grand Haven High School choir and orchestra's trip to Europe in April. Knowlton said they wanted to help the students raise money once they learned of the trip.

“It’s not every day you have a chance to make a travel like that in your lifetime,” she said.

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