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I'm a mom who resumed playing piano after a long hiatus.
I've worked hard, and have pieces that are shined up and
polished to a sparkle. However, my teacher doesn't give
regular recitals, and my house is too small to accommodate a
musicale, so I'm stuck for places to perform. It's like all
being dressed up with nowhere to go. I'd happily play a
program of 30-45 minutes for free for a willing audience
with a decent piano. Doesn't have to be all classical,
either; show tunes and 40's-ish popular music are in my
repertoire, too. I've occasionally played at retirement
homes, which is very rewarding, but the classical pieces
don't go over well there. Any suggestions? Vanna Cliburn
Avonova in Oakland, 417 Avon Street (outer Rockridge) is a
great performance space (someone's house)turned into concert
space. Great grand piano and sound equipment, etc. Seats
about 40 or so. Â±. It's pretty informal.
Also the Sound Room in Oakland, http://www.soundroom.org/
Two great venues to rent for a concert.
Good luck and have fun.
Not sure how far you are willing to drive, but Stanford
Hospital has this amazing music program. They have an
atrium with a piano, and when someone is playing, it can be
heard on 4 floors of the hospital. Truly beautiful and
appreciated by all, and a perfect fit for classical music.
My experience is as part of the audience, so I don't know
how they select performers (I assume the performers are
volunteers, for which many are ever grateful). The contact
information is on this website:
Hello - it's kind of you to want to share your talents with
others. My friend plays the piano at Kaiser Oakland in the
lobby sometimes - I think it is the newer building on
Broadway, but I have also heard people playing at the Kaiser
Fremont facility. Hospitals are such tough places, so much
going on, and I know walking in or sitting and listening to
some beautiful classical music would be VERY healing to many
people. I encourage you to get in touch with Kaiser to see
about that volunteer opportunity - and thank you again for
wanting to share! love classical
Musician Corps http://www.musiciancorps.org/ sounds like a
great organization...I wonder if they could use your help?
Music is a gift to share
I'm a piano teacher with 25+ students and need a good room for our December 17, recital.
I usually rent the big room at the YWCA on Bancroft Way but they will be closed on that weekend.
I'm looking for a pretty room, where my students, their families and I feel comfortable, with a reasonable
grand piano. There will be ~70 people.
A church sanctuary wouldn't work.
I once was told about a room on Euclid Ave which can be rented out to neighbors (?) but I couldn't
find out any details about that.
I think that both the Brazil Room in Tilden Park and the Bancroft Hotel's
function room have pianos. I'm not sure if either is a grand. Maybe the UC
Berkeley music dept. has a room?
The place on Euclid is undoubtedly the Maybeck Recital Hall,
at Euclid and Hawthorne. Lovely place. Another possibility
might be the Hillside Club on Cedar...can't recall if they
have a piano. You might take a peek in the "Here Comes a
Guide" book (find it in the library) which lists places to
have events, large and small. Good luck!
How about the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, in Kensington? As I
recall, they have a large "fellowship" room with a piano in it, that might
meet your needs. I don't have the phone number off hand, but I know you can
find it in the phone book.
You might try the Berkeley Piano Club on Haste Street or The Crowden School. All my
recitals were at the Piano Club when I was growing up. St. John's Church is a lovely place
for a recital. It is not at all like most churches. My son did a voice recital there. There is a
grand piano and the acoustics are very good. All the church related items are removed for
musical events, so that the front like a stage with a piano on it. It has been used for BHS's
Concert Chorale concerts, Young People's Symphony Orchestra concerts, chamber concerts, etc.
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