Three Musicales each month

Saturday Musicale

Please check each Saturday Musicale because they are held on Various Locations and Various Time

Home Musicale (Invitation Only)

Home Musicales are held the first Thursday* of each month beginning at 10 a.m. at the private home of a member.  These events provide a perfect opportunity for players to try out other pianos in a warm home environment.  A light lunch following the performances is served.  Each month’s location is different and reservations are required.  They can be made by emailing Utako Tanigawa via

*Membership is required for the Home Musicales. Click here to become a member.

PianoWorks Musicale

PianoWorks Musicales are held the third Tuesday* of each month from 10  to 11 a.m.  All are welcome to play or listen.  These opportunities can be used as a study group to play your works-in-progress and they offer a chance to ask questions, seek feedback, or share your musical knowledge. Musicales at PianoWorks are held at 2805 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096 (770) 623-0683.

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January 21, 2020 PianoWorks Musicale

The brisk January air ushered us quickly inside this morning for our musicale.  Winter was soon forgotten as we warmed up the piano, clarinet, and voices.  Ten of us gathered at Piano Works for this morning’s musicale.  We thank Piano Works for their hospitality each time we meet here.

Even though a smaller number of musicians played, we were treated to some intense and delightful musical works.  We had time to share copies of the music and have some discussion about the selections performed.  Utako began with the Beethoven Sonata Op.31 No. 31st movement.  She described the tone of the movement and played a sampling of the other 3 movements at the end.  Next, Sam played another Beethoven Sonata, Op. 26 2nd movement.  The Scherzo was most enjoyable, and Sam played from memory as well.  Judy played Cantico Iberico by Rocherolle.  This very dancelike and melodic piece was easy to listen to.  Berceuse is a lovely lullaby from the opera, Jocylyn by Benjamin Godard, sung by Annette. 

Jimmy has been working diligently on the Brahms Rhapsody No. 1.  He played the piece from memory and all the effort is paying off-well done.  We enjoyed the Brahms’ Ballade played by Anna and Franck’s Prelude from Prelude Chorale & Fugue 5 performed by Kimber.  Excellent ladies on both of these pieces.  Then Leanne played a clarinet solo, Franck’s 3rd movement Recitativeo-Fantasia from Sonata in A.  Leanne will be performing this piece with piano at the concert in Carnegie Hall in July. Finally, Asa played the 1st movement of Schubert’s Sonata in A minor Op. 143.   This piece was performed from memory, awesome.

After the performing portion of the musicale, we enjoyed some light refreshments and more discussion and socializing.  We always have a great time.  We hope you will join us for the next event.  The February 6, 2020 home musicale will be at the home of Paul Cossman.  Please see the musicale sign up on the GMG website. We hope to see you there.

The program is listed below to provide more details about the musicale.



1. Utako Tanigawa / Beethoven   Sonata Op. 31 No. 3 1st movement

2. Sam Smith / Beethoven   Sonata Op.26 2nd mvt Scherzo

3. Judy Manganiello / Rocherolle   Cantico Iberico

4. Annette Russo / Godard   Berceuse from the Opera Jocylyn

5. Jimmy Baskerville / Brahms   Rhapsody #1

6. Anna Armstrong / Brahms   Ballade, Op. 118, No. 3

7. Kimber Kwiatkowski / Franck   Prelude from Prelude Chorale & Fugue 5

8. Leanne Manning  / Franck   3rd mvt Recitativo-Fantasia from Sonata A

9. Asa Williams / Schubert   Sonata in A minor, Op. 143, 1st mvt

(Respectfully submitted: Annette Russo)

January 4, 2020 GMG Concert at PianoWorks

On Saturday, January 4th PianoWorks in Duluth hosted the first concert for the Georgia Musicale Group's 2020 season. The featured works were by Beethoven and Schubert among others. It was a wonderful day of beautiful music and warm fellowship among friends, visitors and the eight performers of the GMG. 


The concert began with Utako Tanigawa performing Haydn's Piano Sonata Hob:xvi 50, 1st movement, then moved to Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata which was performed by three pianists, each taking a movement of the Sonata: Carol Wazlavek, Tom Slavicek, and Kimber Kwiatkowski. This made for an interesting experience as each pianist brought their own interpretation to the piece. Shoko Tanaka's rendition of Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2 and  Utako's rendition of his Impromptu Op. 143 ,No. 3 showed the breadth of the composer's emotion and maturity in these compositions. Sam Smith finished off the first part of the concert by performing Beethoven's Sonata No. 12, Op. 26 third movement (Funeral March) and the fourth movement (Allegro).


During the Intermission guests and members enjoyed each other's company and the refreshments that were brought. Everyone also enjoyed learning about the spans of famous pianists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, as depicted on a poster that Tom had prepared. Rachmaninov in particular was known to have had an extra large hand that spanned 13 keys on the piano.


After the Intermission the concert resumed with special music transcribed for piano 4-hands. These were performed by Pamela Martin and Kristi Helfen. These included Bach's Brandenburg Concerto, Summer Solstice from Scenes of Seasons, by Jeff Manookian, and The Sonata Op. 144, "Lebensturme" by Franz Schubert. It was a great pleasure and honor for everyone to have performed on the concert grand generously made available to us by PianoWorks.


(Respectfully Submitted by Tom Slavicek)

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