|The Historic Piano Collection||Concerts
We have just scheduled a House Concert at the Study Center on Wednesday, July 20th, at 7:30 PM. From Poland, father and son, Janusz Grzelazka and Ignacy Gaydamovich, pianist and cellist respectively, will present a selection of works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Lukas Foss, and John Woods Duke. How often would you get a chance to hear that set of composers in a single one of our Historic Piano Concerts?
Because of the limited seating space, this house concert will be by advance reservation only; admission is, as usual, on a freewill donation basis, for the support of the Study Center.
Once again Yuan Sheng, known in China as his country's foremost Bach keyboard player, has offered to present a pair of fundraising concerts to benefit the Historical Piano Study Center.
On August 2, 2016, Yuan Sheng and Mary Oleskiewicz will perform Bach's flute sonatas with our Joel Katzman harpsichord. We have decided to have the concert at the church but we have to warn you that harpsichords are like big violins, needing to be tuned between pieces.
Then, on August 3, 2016, Yuan Sheng will play Bach's six French Suites on the 1840 Erard, as an example of what such Bach-inspired composers as Chopin, Mendelssohn and Schumann were hearing when they played Bach on their pianos. That concert will also be at the church.
Both concerts will be at 7:30 PM, and will be followed by receptions. The requested donation for these special fundraising concerts will be the same as last year, for adults, $25 for either concert alone, or $35 for admission to both; for students and children, $10 for either one alone, or $15 for admission to both.
The preliminary details about the Fall 2016 Concert Schedule will be found on the Events page, and a link to each program will be posted as quickly as the details are settled
In the meantime, the Piano Collection, remains open for visits and tours throughout the summer on Thursdays (10 - 4) and on Saturday afternoons (1 - 4). Just call or email to make arrangements to visit. We would be happy to see you.
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The Frederick Collection and our piano concerts continue to get noticed
in print and online. Take a moment to read some of it...
from The Worcester
September 7, 2015
from The Boston Musical
New England Sounds in a Country Church
June 1, 2015
360 Degrees of Romantic Bits
May 4, 2015
Joseph Smith Remembered at Fredericks’
September 2, 2014
It’s Fall at the Frederick Collection
September 1, 2014
Historical Piano Concerts 30th Fall Season
June 2, 2014
Colorful Scriabin Masterfully Played
May 19, 2014
Fredericks of Ashburnham: Two by Two
May 5, 2014
Constantine Finehouse’s Generation of Romantics
September 29, 2013
Gershwin and the French Muse
September 22, 2013
An Impressive Partnership
September 15, 2013
A Perfect Blend at the Frederick's
September 8, 2013
Early Piano with Modern Cello
September 1, 2013
Extraordinary Nuances from an 1877 Érard
June 3, 2013
Across the Channel to the Frederick’s
May 27, 2013
Please click here to read older concert reviews and media articles about the collection.
|Published Articles||Excerpts from Grove Article||Commentary on the Collection|
|Background of the Collection||Changes in Piano Keyboard Range||Compact Disc Recordings|
|A Different Perspective on Piano History||
An interesting link.
|How a Piano Works|
WHY THIS ENDEAVOR IS IMPORTANT
The Frederick Collection of Period Grand Pianos includes over twenty original pianos in playing condition, specifically, the sorts of pianos known to important composers from about 1790 to 1907. At present, there is no comparable collection of period, playing grand pianos in the United States. Most museum collections that include pianos focus on their decorative appearance rather than their musical value. Such instruments are rarely used for performance; perhaps two or three pianos in each of the other major collections in this countryare maintained in regular playing condition. The following points clarify the purpose of the Collection:
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Last updated: November 29, 2014