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My Memory

One of the last times I heard Liesl play the piano was at PianoWorks in Duluth a few years ago.  She played a beautiful arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” with her exquisitely soft expression and grace.  I was so moved that I vowed to learn to play it. Coincidentally, Judy Manganiello had given me a lovely two-page arrangement and I set about learning it.

This morning as I sat down to the piano for the first time since learning of Liesl’s death, I played it in her memory and to honor her.  She was a remarkable musician and an amazing person who lived her life with grace and great love which she shared with us all.  She bore her illness with that same grace and strength inspiring us all to be grateful and thankful for each day.  I will remember her sparkly eyes, her wide smile and her enthusiastic thumbs-up!

 

May she rest in peace.

 

Love,

Abbie 

Steinway Concert on 3/1
Home Musicale at Julie's 

Carnegie Hall Concert is coming!

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Dear GMG Friends

Over growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMG Leadership team will comply with the Global Health experts and suspend concerts and musicales at least until the end of April.  The health and well-being of all of you and those you care about is of the utmost importance.  

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available and hope to resume activities as soon as possible.

We wish you stay safe and keep good health until we resume our activities and we all enjoy music again!

 

Utako Tanigawa 

GMG Founder and President

Dear Liesl,

We have so many wonderful memories with you

We love you...

at PianoWorks Musicale in 2018
at Home Musicale in 2018
at Callanwolde Concert in 2018
at her home in 2019
at her home in 2019

GMG Concert at Steinway Piano Galleries on March 1st, 2020

The first GMG concert of 2020 at Steinway Piano Galleries was a great success. Utako Tanigawa welcomed a full house of attendees, including several who had never before attended our concerts and who heard about us on social media. The program, which featured Chopin and Beethoven, was warmly received. 
Asa Williams bookended the concert with Chopin’s “Aeolian” Etude as the first selection and 2 movements of the Beethoven Sonata Op. 2 No. 3 as the last selection – what a great way to start and finish! Olga Pikus gave us a beautiful interpretation of Chopin’s famous Waltz Op. 64 No.2, and she joined Leanne Manning late in the program for a splendid duo performance of Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A, arranged for clarinet and piano. Leanne also treated us to the Allemande and Corrente from Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2, sounding luscious on her clarinet. 
We were treated to Paul Cossman’s first-ever GMG concert performances, including Chopin’s posthumous Nocturne in C# minor and Beethoven’s challenging Tempest Sonata. Well done, Paul – we look forward to many more performances! 
Utako Tanigawa continued to delight us with her Chopin Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1 and Beethoven Sonata Op. 31 No. 3. Listening to Utako is always a pleasure. 
Shoko Tanaka was heroic in joining us late in the first half of the concert with her toddler, Sean; Shoko handed Sean off to another performer and proceeded to play Chopin’s Ballade #3 with grace and feeling before retrieving Sean and leaving us to return him to his nap. We appreciate Shoko’s artistry and willingness to remain an important part of GMG despite the demands of career and young motherhood. 
 After a short intermission, with refreshments and conversation, the concert continued with light music in the Spanish style, as Judy Manganiello played Eugenie Rocherolle’s Cantico Iberico, which was quite the crowd pleaser. Anna Armstrong played the final of three Chopin Nocturnes for the day, his Nocturne #1 in B-flat minor, an ethereal and lovely piece of composition. Continuing with Chopin, Kimber Kwiatkowski played the Impromptu No. 3 Op. 51 with the skill and musicality that we have come to expect from Kimber. 
 All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and we appreciate the hospitality of the Steinway Piano Galleries in allowing us to enjoy their lovely facilities. 
 Respectfully submitted by: Anna Armstrong 

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