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Revolution in four acts and 88 keys

On April 14, the Community Music Center will host the 16th annual Faculty Keyboard Marathon Concert. The concert this year will start at 1pm. As keyboard performers, we are thrilled that this yearly event has been sustained for 16 years through the interest of the community, the active engagement of the performers, and a keen appreciation in learning about and hearing the wide range of keyboard compositions that are chosen for each year’s event.

Our theme this year is Revolution, which resonates with the current climate of deep political upheaval, and with our desire to be agents for positive change in the world. Faculty will perform pieces which connect with the theme in a variety of ways, such as composers who lived through revolutionary times which affected their lives and music; pieces with revolutionary titles and/or lyrics; composers who created a musical revolution of some sort; and pieces which reflect one of the current movements for social justice, such as the latest wave of feminism.

The Keyboard Marathon is a beloved CMC institution. It is one of the few opportunities we have to gather members of the keyboard faculty and listen to the richness of the music, the diversity of taste and styles, and the quality of performance. It is a special afternoon that brings friends and family together in the CMC auditorium for music and celebration.

The Keyboard Marathon takes place in the CMC recital hall at 544 Capp Street in San Francisco. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, with tickets available at the door.

This concert this year is a true marathon, with four 50-minute sets divided by ten minute intermissions. There will be a concession stand in the courtyard for audience refreshments during the intermissions, and a champagne reception at the end of the concert for the performers and audience to enjoy, providing a great way for the audience to meet and greet CMC’s talented piano faculty.

This year’s performers are faculty members Shirley Wong, Richard Thomas, Lilia Zheltova, Matylda Rotkiewicz, Jon Jang, Grace Huenemann, Bruce Loeb, Lauren Cony, Jacqueline Chew, Allison Lovejoy, Juliet McComas, Janis Mercer, Elektra Schmidt, Esther Chan, Betty Wong, Paula Dreyer, Maestro Curtis, and guest artists, Erik Walker, Esther Chan and Annie Nalezny.

16th Annual Faculty Keyboard Marathon
Revolution! Music in Times of Turmoil, Trouble, and Triumph
April 14, 2019
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CMC Concert Hall
$15 general / $10 students and seniors

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