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The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra's popular "Duo Piano Gala Concert'' returns for its eighth year at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 in Tuckerman Hall, at Salisbury and Tuckerman streets, Worcester.

By the numbers, that's two Steinway concert grand pianos, and seven pianists. The artists will perform in combinations of two, four, six and seven players seated at two pianos.

The featured pianists are Malcolm Halliday, Kallin Johnson, Sima Kustanovich, Dick Odgren, Olga Rogach, Myron Romanul and Ian Watson. This year's program includes Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni as arranged for six pianists by Carl Czerny; Duets for two keyboards by Carl Philippe Emanuel Bach; Smetana's Sonata in One Movement for eight hands; an arrangement of Borodin's Polovetsian Dances; Rachmaninoff's Vocalise; Philip Glass' Four Movements for Two Pianos; Saint-Saens' Dance Macabre; Gillock's Champagne Toccata for four pianists; Igor Rogalyov's March and Mazurka from Book of Marches and Dances; Debussy's Danse Profane; Bolcom's The Serpent's Kiss; a Piazzolla tango; jazz selections; and an arrangement by Kallin Johnson of Beatles tunes for seven pianists. More numbers -- Paul Levenson, executive director of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, noted this year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of C.P.E. Bach; the 50th anniversary of minimalism (relating to Philip Glass); and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles appearing on the American scene. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 Nov. 1. Call (508) 754-1234;

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Title Annotation:Living
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Oct 30, 2014
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