Four-Hand Piano Duo to perform on November 11

Bonnie Anderson (left) and Donna Gross Javel

Classical pianists Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross Javel will perform this Friday, November 11, at the Northshore UU Church as part of our “Music in the Woods” series. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Anderson and Gross Javel 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.

In addition to the standard works of the classical repertoire, their programs often include music from the Living Composers: AnythingPiano Project (LCAPP). LCAPP’s mission is to encourage the creation of repertoire for the piano in various combinations, to promote living composers through public performances and recordings of their works, and to increase audience enthusiasm and appreciation for new music through creative and varied programming. Bonnie and Donna enjoy talking to audiences about the composers and their music as well as the joys and challenges of performing together on the same instrument.

Tickets for this Friday’s concert are $15. Admission is $10 for seniors, and children under 12 may attend for free.