Signed Beatles Piano fetches $98,000 at charity auction…

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via the Times-Picayine

A piano with a Beatles theme — signed by Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr — will allow East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity to construct a home for a veteran and his or her family.

The two world-famous musicians signed the piano, restored and painted by Slidell artist Lori Gomez, in the fall. But it took months of effort to obtain certificates of authenticity and a certified estimated value before the piano could go up for auction on the Web site, Charitybuzz.com.

The auction started April 2, but it all came down to the final minutes before it closed April 16 at 2 p.m. About 50 ESTHFH supporters gathered at Carreta’s Grill in Slidell to watch the final countdown on their smart phones and IPads.

While bids on the piano had only reached $41,000 by that morning, cheers from the crowd could be heard as the price jumped to $55,500 at 1:50 p.m. then $71,000 and $81,000 within seconds at 1:55 p.m., and $91,000 at 1:56 p.m. Per Charity Buzz’s rules, bidding was extended twice — for a total of 20 extra minutes — when last minute bids were made.

In the end, the piano brought in $98,888 for the non-profit’s Veterans Build program.

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Security guard secretly recorded playing piano

TORONTO – A video of a security guard playing the piano at the National Library of Parliament in Georgia has been viewed millions of times after a visitor secretly recorded him playing and shared the video widely.

The unidentified visitor records the burly security guard’s performance while standing behind him. The video ends shortly before the song does and, according to the YouTube video, he did not know he was being recorded and just “played very emotionally.”

The video was originally uploaded to YouTube named “You are more than a guard at the library” and provides a beautiful reminder not to judge people by their appearances.

It was shared widely by Georgian media and has since gone viral, being viewed over a million times and written about by media around the world.
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Jordan Kitt’s Music provides the Yamaha DCFX concert grand piano for Chick Corea at the Kennedy Center

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Herbie Hancock (left) and Chick Corea perform head-to-head at The Kennedy Center on Friday. Sitting between them: a combined 34 Grammys. (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

If ovations were cherry blossoms, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock would have been up to their knees in petals at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Friday night. Yet, as pleased as they were with the resounding response, there were moments during the nearly two-hour, sold-out performance when the jazz-piano legends seemed to find even greater delight in each other’s company and in the playful gamesmanship that ensued.

It’s been nearly 40 years since the release of “An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert,” a landmark compilation of live tracks that still serves as a template for the duo’s live performances. Friday night’s concert, presented by Washington Performing Arts, reminded listeners time and again that some jazz virtuosos seem destined to share the stage. At one point, in fact, the pianists marveled at how their careers initially interlocked a half-century ago. First, in the early 1960s, Hancock replaced Corea in Mongo Santamaria’s band; then, several years later, Corea replaced Hancock in Miles Davis’s group.

These days, Corea, 73, and Hancock, who turned 75 on Sunday, are all about mutual admiration, and their engaging camaraderie onstage couldn’t be more evident. How best to elicit a smile, a laugh or, better yet, a startled expression from a distinguished peer? Some surefire maneuvering — and outmaneuvering — came into play Friday night. Tumultuous crescendos surged forward, only to stop on a dime. A solitary note hovered near the end of a coda, toying with listener expectations and thwarting a timely resolution. Countless countermelodies surfaced in myriad forms, snugly fitting into place like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  Read more here

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Yamaha C6X Silent Grand Piano debuts at AMP, powered by Strathmore

Yamaha C6X SHStrathmore recently selected a new Yamaha C6X Silent Series grand piano, not only due to its extraordinary tone and touch, but also for it’s connectivity features that extend its capabilities far beyond that of a regular acoustic piano.

With a natural touch and powerful, forceful presence, CX Series pianos possess a wealth of reverberation, taking in the nuances of a player’s intentions and reflecting them in the depth and projection of the music itself. Silent functionality has been added to this C6X. This is an SH-type Silent piano™ featuring a CFX sound source.

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Piano mysteriously appears in Santa Monica Mountains

TOPANGA, Calif., March 27 (UPI) — A musical mystery is unfolding in California’s Santa Monica Mountains as a piano appeared without explanation at a lookout point 2 miles from the nearest road.

Hikers and news helicopters captured images and video Thursday showing the piano, estimated to weigh at least 300 to 400 pounds, that was apparently placed late Wednesday or early Thursday at the Topanga Lookout, which is accessible by a 2-mile hike from the nearest road.

The piano was placed on the site of an old fire tower, which famously also once hosted a couch of similarly mysterious origins.
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