Meridian Star

October 13, 2013

Davis Piano Quartet

Music for two pianos, eight hands

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     DEMOPOLIS, Ala. – Four pianists having an extravagant amount of fun at two pianos – that's what can be expected from The Davis Piano Quartet

    This unusual ensemble, which performed to sellout crowds at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2011, will be in concert Oct. 20 at the Demopolis High School auditorium. An artist's reception will be held immediately following the concert.

    Described as a fresh new group performing a mix of original works and transcriptions, The Davis Piano Quartet presents concert programs of the best of the eight-hand repertoire – much of it searched out from music libraries and other sources all over the world. The visual aspect of four pianists playing over and under each other at two keyboards is in itself entertaining and educational.

    Quartet members – which consists of Beulah Askins Fowler, Cheryl Kiker Walls, Carolyn Duncan and Sandra Boykin Nelson – credit much of their success as an ensemble to the fact that they share a common musical education background; all are products of the University of Montevallo's highly-regarded music department. The Quartet is named for the late Dr. Maxine Couch Davis, professor emerita of music at Montevallo. While at Montevallo, Fowler, Walls, Duncan and Nelson all studied with the acclaimed duo-piano team of Yarbrough and Cowan, and had the unusual advantage of in-depth exposure to and study of the specialized art of piano ensemble playing.

    The ensemble has also worked with the distinguished teacher, pianist and author, Lucien Stark.

    Tickets will be general admission only, with reserved seating for TRAC (Two Rivers Arts Council) members.

Want to go?

What: Davis Piano Quartet concert

When: Oct. 20, 3 p.m.

Where: Demopolis High School auditorium, Demopolis, Ala. (just off Hwy 80 West, across from Best Western)

Tickets: General admission: adults, $10; student, $5.