Dear friend

This week, Dranoff and the Arsht Center premiere PIANO SLAM 13 - The Movie.

It has been one of the most challenging, surprising and exciting enterprises we have been produced – from the virtual workshops, tutorials, concerts and rehearsals to filming the winning student poets in places all over Miami, dancers dancing in unexpected locations, and editing the final film over several time zones. Kudos and deep appreciation to each and every person who has been part of it.
Watch it on Thursday on the Arsht Center Youtube Channel
A special thank you to a very generous artist who has created the design for this year’s PIANO SLAM t-shirt.
In years past, we have had Miami Dade Public School students create the shirts. This year, given that the theme touched on so many themes to which the acclaimed artist Xavier Cortada has dedicated his creative life, I reached out to him to design the shirt, and he graciously accepted. If you would like to have your own shirt, please find it on our website.

Xavier has been a force in environmental activism and socially engaged art before those terms have entered the general lexicon. “The crux of Cortada’s work finds itself rooted in a deep conceptual engagement of his participants. Particularly environmentally focused, the work Cortada develops is intended to generate awareness and action towards issues of global climate change and social justice.” [from his website].  
Usually on Music Mondays, we include a poem. Today’s choice, below,  is Xavier’s favorite one, a measure of  the man and his life.

Thank you, Xavier!!

In the meantime, do enjoy one of the lovely pieces of music performed by the piano duo in whose hands has rested the classical portion of the music in PIANO SLAM 13. Pianoduo DUOR, Yoshie and Takashi are playing a beloved Chopin impromptu.

I hope I "see" you on Thursday!


Gabriele Fiorentino 
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation
Piano Slam

Fantasie Impromptu for 2 pianos
Arrangement Gould/Schechter

Yoshie and Takashi

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.

When you make your reservation, the Arsht Center will send you the actual link to the event the day before with a reminder.
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