in this 1st November Music Mondays Dranoff competition laureate Jeroen van Veen and his friend and frequent duo partner Mike del Ferro are performing a lovely original improvision they name “176 keys. One passion.” Such expansive talent to begin our week. A good moment for me ask you to mark your calendar to donate to Dranoff on November 18th --Give Miami Day, the Miami Foundation’s program to involve the entire community in philanthropy to make Miami a more caring and brilliant home for us all.
Give Miami Day is Dranoff’s largest annual fund drive. We focus our fundraising on our Arts Integration Initiative Piano Slam and high level classical music performed by international pianists who bring their artistry into the public schools that it relies on the core. For a taste, click here
Last year Dranoff committed to bring Piano Slam to our youth who really needed a ray of light and joy in what otherwise was a year of isolation. Even with the highest of pandemic restrictions, we presented over 100 virtual music performances and live artists interviews from all over the world in 42 middle and high schools of the Miami Dade Public School System. The result was an astonishing more than 1000 student poets submitting their poems which explored “My New Normal: Culture. Covid. Climate”. If you would like to experience their thoughtfulness and resilience you can watch performances here.
Now, we are embarking on the 2021/2022 live season with a number of great concert events both classical and Jazz, beginning with out first live concert on November 13 at the beautiful Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach.
Give Miami Day happens on 11/18. Making a donation very easy: either by credit card, or, if you have a donor advised fund with the foundation, it can be done directly. Be it $25 or $10,000, each dollar you choose to give helps us bring back music into your and our community’s life.
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation