‘Piano Monster’ seeks pianists of all ages for unique performance

Group of performers at the Piano Monster Concert, Cedar City, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — The “Piano Monster Concert” will return to Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theater on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Southern Utah University’s Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel is seeking participants of all ages to perform in this year’s concert.

Performers at the Piano Monster Concert, Cedar City, Utah, Date not given | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News, Cedar City News
Performers at the Piano Monster Concert, Cedar City, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

The Piano Monster Concert features multiple Steinway and Boston grand pianos on the stage, with two or three pianists at each one performing piano ensemble music in groups divided according to their age and ability. Teachers are also welcome to participate in any group, including Southern Utah University’s Piano Ensemble, which will perform works of greater difficulty.

The Piano Monster Concert is a wonderful experience for pianists of all ages and levels to collaborate, learn and perform for an audience in an exceptional concert hall.

The repertoire for this year’s concert ranges from beginning pieces, such as “Are You Sleeping” arranged by Edwin McLean and “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Walter Rollins, to advanced compositions, such as “The Bartered Bride Overture” by Bedrich Smetana and “Concerto for Four Pianos” by Bach/Vivaldi.

Dr. Bohnenstengel invites pianists to step out of their solitary practice room and join the piano ensemble for this year’s Piano Monster Concert. Registration for this event is $5 per participant. Participants should also plan on spending between $5 and $15 to purchase music, available through Cedar City Music and The Music Store in St. George or online. All registrations must be completed by Oct. 14.

For more information and to register visit the Piano Monster Concert online.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

According to a press release from Southern Utah University, the College of Performing and Visual Arts is composed of nationally accredited departments of art and design, music, theatre arts and dance, as well as graduate programs in arts administration and music and a center for Shakespeare studies.

Over 1,100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College of Performing and Visual Arts presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Southern Utah Museum of Art, Utah Shakespeare Festival and SUU’s Ballroom Dance Company. For more information, go to the College of Performing and Visual Arts website.

Event details

  • What:  Piano Monster Concert, call for participants
  • When:
    • Registration deadline: Oct. 14
    • Concert: Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Where:  Cedar City Heritage Center Theater, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City, Utah
  • There is a $5 registration fee for participants. For more information and to register, visit the Piano Monster Concert online.

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