Dear friend

April is the month when we commemorate William Shakespeare’s birth as well as mourn the day of his death a mere 52 years later. April is also poetry month when we celebrate the art of words. April in the Norther Hemisphere is the month of fickle weather, and of Nature bursting forth into life. Jean Giaudoux said: ”The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.“
One of the most beautiful Shakespeare sonnets and a delightful, joyous recording of arrangement for two pianos-eight hands of the Overture to Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Summer Night's Dream” – the eternal seductiveness of life.
The month is winding down and we at Dranoff are gearing up for Piano Slam 13, The Movie. I for one am so incredibly excited about our approach to bringing students and community together to once again celebrate creativity and perseverance along with the great opportunity to encourage our youth to put their voices “out there”. You have enjoyed this project in years past. May I ask you to be part of it again this year and make a donation during our Spring Fund drive. We rely on your generosity. 

Stay well.


Gabriele Fiorentino 
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation
Piano Slam

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
   So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Overture to a Midsummer Summer Night's Dream,
arr. for 2 pianos, 8 hands

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