Since this piece contains some
and some music (hopefully) in the spirit of
I thought I would send it out as a
If you would like to listen to it and fast
forward to the
Valentine atmosphere it is at 18:00 and
21:44 in the clip.
Mary Fineman offers us
Suite from the Faraway
From the Faraway Pavilion”
is based on a song written about
the metaphysical landscape where
the Muse resides, where "A Nymph
named Chaos claims you,
intoxicates you with her way,
She knows your heart's desire,
and now you'll never be the
same." The Suite is performed by
a Pierrot Ensemble. Names and
program notes may be found on
(If you'd like to listen to
the full original Gunod tune,
here is a wonderfully
scratchy 78 recording, played by
Columbia Symphony Orchestra: “Funeral
March Of A Marionette”
For those of you who missed
undoubtedly a fabulous concert
CCPAS Piano Composers last
night (September 30@ Grace
are a couple of pieces by David
for Judy, and September
You may enjoy our last
concert at any time on our YouTube
Simply click on this link: Piano
Enjoy the concert!
Concert with David Thomas
now we have a
new piece by
to/view it HERE.
December 11. 2021 at 7:00
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church, 1924 Trinity Ave,
Please note the current
COVID guidelines of St.
Paul’s: proof of vaccination
or a negative COVID test
is required to enter the
venue. Pews will be marked and
designated for seating and
also for creating space
between people for safer
distancing. All performers and
audience members must wear a
group performers (left to
right) Ted Holmes, David
Erskine, Dwight Stone,
David Thomas Robert, Paul
Hansen, Annie Nalezny, Mary
Bruce Nalezny and Christopher
Johnson (Photos by Sheryl
held another ‘flash mob,’ Broadway
Plaza in the Creek,
Thursday, September 9th, 2021, an
hour-&-a-half of music and
Photos by Christopher Johnson
(click on photocollage to view
PAINTED PIANOS ARE BACK!
WE WENT LIVE! AND IT WAS TERRIFIC!!
[Click on photocollage to view full size.] The
Painted Pianos were back in Walnut Creek!
In the Downtown area were several grand and
with fanciful and creative paint jobs that
have been placed on sidewalks and in plazas
for the public to enjoy. In September and
October of 2019, the Jazz Piano Artists and
Piano Composers mixed it up with
two Flash Mob performance events in Broadway
Plaza. It was a lot of fun, lots of folks
paused and listened,
and I have been looking forward to doing this
again. Today we had our Flash Mob.
Mary Fineman was there, as was Dwight
Stone, and Jennie Landfield,
with Ira Feldman and Hank Holmes from CCPAS Jazz. Our own Christopher
Johnson, of course, made it all happen.
We enjoyed originals, covers
and, naturally, some free improvisation (and I
remember when you had to pay for it!).
CCPAS is excited to announce
that we have our own channel on YouTube!
By subscribing to our
channel at this link, you can
view any concerts we have on our channel,
and will also be notified of any new
content and upcoming events.
February 7 concert was a great
success! (L-R): Mei Sun Li,
Tanya Heeb, David Thomas
Christopher Johnson, Lauren de
Boer, Ted Holmes, Mary Fineman,
Paul Hansen, Dick Bertrand,
Dwight Stone and Marcello Severo
Great concert last night!
[You may download a
PDF flier by clicking on the jpeg
“3 Miniatures for Megan Ashley Brown”
by Daniel Zwickel ben Avrám
had a terrific
night. For a
Ted Holmes on
on Organ did a
by Mei Sun Li)
on the flier
below and you
may download a
Bravo/brava! to our
The following changes were made to the program
founder of CCPAS Piano Composers,
Manager of Steinway Piano Gallery,
Walnut Creek arranged with the City of
Walnut Creek to place 8-10 grand and
vertical pianos in strategic public
pedestrian thoroughfares September
9--October 18. They have been
festively painted. This is similar to
the events in Golden Gate Park, and
now in Danville.
Justin Levitt and David Glass, with
cold refreshing Wit beer goes down
an hour plus of sunny
side of the street playing!.
playing, corner of N. Main &
Civic, with Mei Sun attending; Mei Sun, Mary
enjoy a lunch.
A Yamaha near Justin's Steinway
Store; This was the only grand
Christopher saw that day, a
Brambach. He did
emergency repair on the A6 before
playing for his hour —
clunky pedal and
delayed damping. The
full sun may do a number on the
tuning, but it’s a blast and a half,
motorists waiting at the light enjoy
the serenade! Thanks Justin!!
Event: Composers ‘flash mob’.
Where: Broadway Plaza shopping mall, Walnut Creek (large plaza next to Macy’s.
When: 10/4/19 Friday from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Who: CCPAS Piano Composers, Arrangers, Improvisers.
How: Each performer plays one piece then lets the next performer play, and so on until the hour is up.
What to bring: Chic, funny, classy outfit or 🎩 hat + folding chair(s) as seating in the Plaza is limited and we want passers-by to sit and listen by creating a circle around us.
captioning is, as yet, incomplete.
P.S. You get extra points if you can figure this one
I am a Jew and, as mentioned, was a Cantor in a
Catholic church for sixteen years.
So as I was arranging a setting for the traditional
“Hail Mary,” I just couldn’t resist
inserting another traditional Hebrew prayer, the Shehecheyanu.
Here it is: