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Melville, Milbauer to speak on 2013 Piano Program Thursday at Women’s Club

From student colleagues to newly appointed Piano Program co-chairs, John Milbauer and Nikki Melville’s Chautauqua experience has been in tandem.

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School of Music piano faculty Nicola Melville, John Milbauer, Omri Shimron and Rebecca Penneys rehearse for “2 Pianos, 8 Hands.” Photo by Lauren Rock.

Teacher, her 3 prized students to perform ‘2 Pianos, 8 Hands’

“It helps that we all went to school together,” said piano maestro John Milbauer.

“I didn’t go to school with you,” said piano chair Rebecca Penneys. “I was your teacher.”

Penneys joins her prized pupils Milbauer, Nicola Melville, and Omri Shimron in the annual “2 Pianos, 8 Hands Extravaganza” on full display at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

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Milbauer to present competing methods of teaching music

At 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, 10-year Chautauqua instructor and pianist John Milbauer will sound off on contending schools of classical music.

Milbauer, a 2011 Steinway Artist, will play pieces that premiered exactly 100 years ago to pay homage to composer Arnold Schoenberg. The anniversary marks the birth year of composer John Cage, Schoenberg’s prized pupil.

“It’s hard to imagine Cage and Schoenberg in the same classroom,” Milbauer, who studied at Juilliard and the Franz Liszt Academy in Hungary, said about Schoenberg, who taught Cage at UCLA.

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From left, John Milbauer, Rebecca Penneys, Nicola Melville and Omri Shimron will play in the “two pianos, eight hands” concert at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. Photo by Megan Tan.

Annual ‘two pianos, eight hands’ piano concert is a game of musical chairs

The students in the Chautauqua School of Music’s Piano Program have shown an enormous amount of progress in the past five weeks. With the approach of the first round of the annual Piano Competition this Saturday, which is sure to turn up the burners under those piano benches, students are in need of a little laughter.

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John Milbauer and Nicola Melville, former students in the School of Music some two decades ago, rehearse in preparation for their faculty recital to be presented Tuesday. Photo by Roger J. Coda.

Piano recital brings Milbauer full circle

When pianist John Milbauer first came to the School of Music in 1989, he was on the verge of giving up music forever.

Playing the piano was a physical struggle. He was frustrated with the technical aspect of the piano, and he just didn’t have the right teacher — until Chautauqua changed all that.

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