Pianists unleash ‘monster’ piano concert

Music sent from 1,232 keys will resonate in Cogswell Hall Sunday from 14 pianos and 20 pianists in the Indiana Musicale Piano Monster Concert.

The concert will feature 10 upright and four grand pianos.

The performers will consist of Indiana University of Pennsylvania professors and students – primarily piano majors – as well as local talent from the Indiana area, including middle and high school students.

The collaboration, sponsored by the Indiana chapter of Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, is being formed in an attempt to encourage and strengthen relationships with up-and-coming talent in the area as well as showcase IUP’s facilities and equipment.

The students in the music department will teach local students during a Saturday workshop and rehearsal so the local students can practice their music.

This will allow the IUP students to gain real-life experience instructing and applying what they are learning in the classroom, according to assistant professor of piano Dr. Henry Wong Doe.

While the idea of pairing up pianists in a large-scale orchestra-type production may seem odd, the concept of a “monster concert” is not anything particularly new, Wong Doe said.

However, it will be IUP’s first foray into this unique style of concert.

Concerts generally bring to mind a diverse list of instruments, with pianos being one of those that occur least often.

Wong Doe calls the piano a “solo and very solitary instrument.”

However, pianists at this concert will pair up, harmonize and play music in unison, according to Wong Doe.

The free-to-attend workshop/rehearsals will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. in Cogswell 121.

The actual concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday with an admission price of $5 per ticket at the door, again in Cogswell 121.

The concert is not just for those who are interested in music and regularly attend concerts.

“Everyone is welcome to come,” Wong Doe said.

Some students hearing about the event even seemed eager to learn more about what the event would entail.

When Kiani Lozada (freshman, communications media) heard about what the concert was about, she said she wanted to hear more.

“I’d really like to see that,” Lozada said. “It sounds fun.”

Marc Colón (sophomore, finance) said it seemed to be a pretty amazing feat to coordinate.

“It actually sounds like a good time,” Colón said.