Dear Gabriele -
The foundational work of Piano Slam has begun this week with teacher professional workshop. Dranoff 2 has engaged climate scientists from FIU, the Florida International University, and from the Rosentstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami to be part of the curriculum. As in prior years, there will be citizen science where the middle schools will participate in heat sensor measurements. The project will also work in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Heat office and with DERM, the Department of Energy Resource Management. The idea is not only to measure, but learn what steps individuals can take to ameliorate things. DERM will give away trees to be planted in each participating school. And we will collaborate with other groups that empower with information and action plans.
The core music for Piano Slam 2023 – Hot Music. Hot Miami - is John Corigliano’s Chiaroscuro for Two Pianos, one tuned down a quarter tone. It is a musical expression of the unevenness between light and dark, between hot and cold. It is a perfect sound track to the climate realities our communities are facing.
Mark your calendar for the grand finals of the poetry competition at the Arsht Center on April 19.
Have a fantastic week!
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation