It looks black and white, but the piano offers up a surprising array of shades and multicolored tones to the ear. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, it's the art of the piano. Also one performer explains how the instrument saved her life.
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel tells Jim Fleming about his "keyboard conversations," a series of subscription concerts he performs in seventeen American cities. Siegel aims to enhance his listeners' ability to hear and understand the classical keyboard repertoire. Also, fortepianist Melvyn Tan tells Jim Fleming how he turns the technical limitations of his instrument into an advantage in performing the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.SEGMENT 2:
Pianist and composer William Bolcom was a piano prodigy at age five. He tells Judith Strasser that performing was never enough for him. Bolcom is in demand all over the world as a performer and his compositions are heard and recorded widely.SEGMENT 3:
Pianist Linda Katherine Cutting is the author of "Memory Slips: A Memoir of Music and Healing." She tells Steve Paulson how the piano became her refuge from an abusive father.
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