Four-Hand Piano Duo to perform on Saturday

Bonnie Anderson (left) and Donna Gross Javel will perform this Saturday at NSUU.

The Four-Hand Piano Duo pianists Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross Javel will perform a concert at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 13. The duo are fast becoming known both for their creative and varied programming as well as their uncanny ability to make “four hands” look and sound like “two.”

After several years of playing solo repertoire for each other in a monthly piano group, they sat down on a whim to sight-read four-hand piano music. Pleasantly surprised by the well-matched tone and technique of their four hands, they began exploring the piano duo repertoire. They have been performing together as the Four-Hand Piano Duo to enthusiastic audiences throughout the New England area ever since their 2004 debut in Danvers. They are often told that their enthusiasm and energy are contagious.

Bonnie Anderson has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, and with many other professional and amateur symphonic groups. She was trained at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Julliard School, Michigan State University, and Boston University.  She is an adjunct professor of piano and head of the keyboard department at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Donna Gross Javel was a teenager when she performed at Carnegie Recital Hall. She has since appeared on many local concert series, and has performed on piano and celeste with the Boston University and Indiana University percussion ensembles. She received a master’s degree in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington. She has taught at the Dana Hall Music School and the Brookline Music School; maintains a private piano studio in Waltham; and composes piano music.

Tickets are $20, available at the door, or in advance by calling 978-356-8880. Group rates are offered for 10 or more tickets. Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church is located in Danvers at 323 Locust St. (Route 35).

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