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Piano Battle: Andreas Kern vs. Paul Cibis

Music Performance
Friday, 18 January 2013, 7:30 pm
Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington DC
$50/$40 for Friends of the Goethe-Institut and $25 for students with ID at the door
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The black and the white are ready to fight. Two piano champions are on stage, one in black, the other in white. They perform, compete, and interact with the audience.

The "Piano Battle" concert show by Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis is a new concert format which presents classical music in a novel way. The two accomplished pianists compete against one another other with distinctly different performance styles, playing pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy and improvised works based on audience requests. Both serious and humorous, the show consists of recital and interactive elements, and the audience plays an active part throughout the entire program. In the end, the audience is invited to vote on the pianists’ performances and choose the winner.

Originally created for the Hong Kong City Festival in 2009, Piano Battle has been performed in several sold-out tours in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The concert show celebrated its European premiere at the Piano City Berlin Festival in 2010.

A reception follows the performance. Initiated by Friends of the Goethe-Institut Washington.

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