We’ll announce PTG award recipients for 2022 and start the convention with a preview of the outstanding lineup of classes and special activities scheduled for this year. You’ll have an opportunity to win some nice prizes and join in the fun as we launch our 2022 convention.
President’s Welcome Reception
PTG President Marc Poulin invites you to join him in a fun-filled evening featuring food, local entertainment and socializing. Everyone is welcome!
Exhibit Hall Opening
Noon – 4:30 p.m.
It’s your chance to see, touch, and feel the tools and instruments that make being a piano technician such a fun and unique career. Explore the latest in technology, catch up with friends and colleagues and help plan the future of your business. Be sure to stop by the PTG Store.
PTG Foundation Concert
Frederic Chiu In Concert
Classical Smackdown: Heart and Soul, with music of Debussy and Prokofiev.
The audience will be voting throughout the program for their favorite composer. Frederic Chiu plays major venues on five continents: Lincoln Center in New York, Le Châtelet in Paris, the Mozarteum in Buenos Aires, and extensive tours in smaller and unusual venues. He collaborates with Classical music friends Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal and the St Lawrence String Quartet, as well as non-Classical friends like jazz pianist Bob James or storyteller David Gonzalez, to bring vivid live piano experiences to all audiences. Frederic Chiu recorded the most extensive complete piano works of Prokofiev, and his personal relationship with the Prokofiev family makes him a world-recognized advocate of the composer. Across 30+ albums, he has recorded works of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini and Grieg. His wide recording legacy is seen in his latest recordings: Beethoven/Liszt Symphonies V and VII, “Hymns and Dervishes,” music of Gurdjieff/de Hartmann, “Distant Voices: Music of Claude Debussy & Gao Ping,” and Schubert’s Fantasy for Violin and Piano. His innovative programming includes “Classical Smackdown,” where composers face off in head-to-head comparisons, with listeners voting for their favorite composer: Debussy vs. Prokofiev, Bach vs. Glass, Mendelssohn vs. Chopin before age 20. Results tracked at ClassicalSmackdown.com. With his wife, Jeanine Esposito, he co-created the arts non-profit, Beechwood Arts & Innovation to explore collaboration across art genres and the integration of arts and technology to foster community. His innovative vision of Romeo & Juliet – The Choice, an interactive production of the popular Prokofiev ballet, debuted in 2018. Frederic teaches at both Carnegie Mellon University and The Hartt School. www.fredericchiu.com. Photo credit: Chris Craymer