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24Feb/10

CHOPIN 200

Chopin bicentennial will feature 200 hours of music at the World Financial Center March 1-5

Chopin bicentennial will feature 200 hours of piano music at the World Financial Center March 1-5

AFICIONADO OPEN MIC
World Financial Center Winter Garden
220 Vesey St.
March 1-5, free, 9:00 am – 12 noon
212-417-7050
www.artsworldfinancialcenter.com

In honor of the 200th birthday of composer Frédéric François Chopin, the World Financial Center is hosting Chopin 200: A Bicentennial Celebration of the Composer and His Music, presenting 200 pianists playing 200 hours of Chopin music March 1-5, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. While they already have 150 virtuosos and highly praised students lined up, they have left 50 spots open to the general public. So if you’re still trying to figure out what to do with those piano lessons you took as a kid or your dreams of playing Carnegie Hall were shattered when you went to business school instead of conservatory, head on down to the WFC between 9:00 am and 12 noon and sign up to join in the fun, first come, first served. This unusual open mic will give music lovers the chance to play one of four grand pianos: a Sauter Omega 220, a Shigeru Kawai SK-6, a Wilhelm Steinberg W212, or an Art Case Steinway Model B. This is a great opportunity for mini-maestros to show off their Chopin chops, whether it be a sonata or a waltz, a rondo or a scherzo, a nocturne or an étude, a mazurka or a concerto.

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