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Pittsburgh Fringe Festival! Velvet Determination ~ a Young Pianist's Journey to New York

Velvet Determination ~ a Young Pianist's Journey to New York w/ Cynthia Shaw

Cynthia enjoyed her childhood of piano lessons and music-making. But as time went on she developed bigger dreams: moving to New York to attend the esteemed Manhattan School of Music. However, this goal was a bit more difficult than she expected. As she struggles with her self-sabotaging demons, shaky memorization and insufficient technique, she masters a falling piano, a sweltering practice room, a music-hating neighbor, a condescending teacher and other obstacles that confront a young Colorado classical pianist who has decided to tackle the Big Apple!

In this charming, music-filled 60 minute solo show, Cynthia creates over ten characters including her piano teachers: her kindly childhood teacher, her University of Denver teacher who opens up her eyes to the world of New York and her formidable first NY piano teacher. Throughout the show she’ll play the piano music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Schubert.

The show is touching, funny, honest and very musical.

And then there’s that mysterious New Yorker Magazine…….

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Showtime is:

Saturday, April 6 - 8 PM Start

Earlier Event: April 5
First Friday with Vinnie Hunter!