Dear friend

Luck is the residue of design - John Milton 
For the past 12 years, Dranoff has been developing and presenting PIANO SLAM. Now in our 13th year, the word “luck” does not really apply. All of us are challenged to the utmost by an unseen enemy which has forced reassessment and recrafting of just about every corner of our lives. However, our experience has enabled us to re-design and improve formats to fulfill the goals of PIANO SLAM in spite of the virus –
Bring top musicians and classical artists into schools during the school day.
Include students in the creative process by teaching language development and poetry writing through making available high-level information about music, science and their hometown.
Train teachers to use music and arts integration in all core subjects.

We have worked with incredible partners to make all this happen; we have created new platforms and ideas keeping it possible for our young people to experience being part of a performance showcase alongside professional artists. We look forward to once again work with the wonderful Ilana Ransom Toeplitz

Right now, I want to invite you to enjoy a walk down memory lane. PIANO SLAM 3, 2011, was the first year we worked with the director Teo Castellanos. Here is the performance by Piano Duo Stephanie and Saar of John Adams' Hallelujah Junction.

The human spirit is irrepressible, as is the drive to create. Send your good thoughts to our students as they now begin to submit their poems to the competition, which opens today. Be part of Lucky 13.


Gabriele Fiorentino 
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation
Piano Slam

Hallelujah Junction

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