Piano Slam Mixes Classical and Hip-Hop at Knight Concert Hall
|Slammin' to piano jams.|
Piano Slam Volume 3 is a celebration of music and art where classical piano mingles with hip hop, ballet, and spoken word poetry. The performance at the Knight Concert Hall, though, is representative of a lot of quieter, behind the scenes work involving the collaboration of local and international artists, champions of education, and even Miami Heat basketball players.
Piano Slam brings music and literary presentations to participating Miami-Dade middle and high schools, and offers students the opportunity to compete in a music-themed poetry contest, the winners of which will perform in the big show at the Center alongside professional artists and musicians.
Carlene Sawyer, creator of Piano Slam and executive director of the Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation, the driving force behind the initiative, says 61 of about 100 Miami middle and high schools will benefit from Piano Slam visits this year, up from 28 last year. These visits include live music performances, literary workshops, and sometimes even Heat players reading their favorite poems aloud.
"Music is the one art form that reaches all students every day, whether they live in Carol City, Fisher Island or Homestead," says Sawyer. "Piano Slam is an event that really lets their voices be heard on the role of music in their lives."
|DJs, pianists, and poets mix for Piano Slam.|
The free show is at the Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Wednesday, May 4th, 7:30 p.m. Go to pianoslam.org or call the Dranoff Foundation at 305-572-9900.
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