Devilish Inspirations: Summoning Witches, Demons, and Black Magic at the Piano
Thursday at 7:00 PM PDT
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Join hosts Edwin Outwater (Music Director, San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Peaches Christ (horror icon and owner of Into the Dark: Terror Vault) for an evening of Devilish Inspirations, a tour of the piano repertoire's most haunting moments. Featuring new music videos created by Bay Area pianists, the program focuses on works inspired by the devil and other spooky Halloween themes while Edwin and Peaches provide historical context, witty repartee, and a touch of ghoulish glamour.
Proceeds from ticket sales and donations to this fundraiser benefit the Ross McKee Foundation, an organization that has supported Bay Area pianists with over $2.5 million in grants, scholarships, and its piano competition for young artists since its inception in 1989.
Given the unprecedented decimation of artists and arts funding around the world during the COVID-19 shutdowns, your contributions are more essential than ever to keep pianists living, working, and performing in the Bay Area. Please consider making a donation of any size to help the Ross McKee Foundation continue the vital work of keeping the Bay Area's dynamic piano scene alive for years to come.
Very special thanks to our corporate sponsors for this event:
Sergei Prokofiev | Devilish Inspirations, Op. 4, No. 4
Solomon Ge, piano
Alexander Scriabin | Piano Sonata No. 9, “Black Mass”, Op. 68
Daniel Glover, piano
Jalacy 'Screamin' Jay' Hawkins | I Put A Spell On You (arranged by Nina Simone)
Dee Spencer, piano
Maurice Ravel | Le gibet from Gaspard de la nuit
Sarah Cahill, piano
Edward MacDowell | Hexantanz (Witches Dance), Op. 17, No. 2
Ryan Sheng, piano
Stephen Montague | Mirabella: a tarantella for toy piano
Allegra Chapman, toy piano
William Albright | A Nightmare Fantasy Rag
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano
Franz Liszt | La Lugubre Gondola
Christopher Basso, piano
Leo Ornstein | Lento from Piano Sonata No. 4
Brent Smith, piano
Maurice Ravel | Scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit
Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
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