Dranoff Presents Two Pianos, Hip Hop, and Miami’s hot Young Poets in Piano Slam Volume 4.

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Recommended by the Miami Herald, PIANO SLAM is a fantastically hip musical showcase for the voices of Miami’s youth by an extraordinary collaboration of talented international and local artists. Directed by award winning theater producer and playwright, Teo Castellanos.

FREE and open to the public. Thursday, May 24th at 7:30 p.m.

The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation will host their 4th annual PIANO SLAM, a two-piano classical music and rap poetry mash-up at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on Thursday, May 24th, as the culmination of an in-school education and performance project in 70 Miami-Dade County middle and high schools. This Urban Classical concert begins at 7:30PM, is FREE and is open to the public.

PIANO SLAM is directed by award winning theater producer, Teo Castellanos. Dutch Piano Duo Maarten and Jeroen Van Veen, winners of 7th Dranoff International Two Piano Competition will be featured with hip hop DJ Brimstone 127, and prominent Miami Hip Hop Poet Alexis Caputo performing with Miami-Dade County middle and high school student poets.

As part of the event, Dranoff will hold a competition for poetry from students inspired by live and online classical music performances. Contest prize winners will be presented with laptop computers and cash awards at the event and their poems will be presented as part of the spoken word, hip hop and classical music celebration on May 24th at the Arsht.

Dade County Public School students will also experience performances by Ukranian pianists, Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir, and workshops by Harlem Shakespeare Scholar, Summer Hill Seven, and Rachel Finley with poetry readings by Miami HEAT player James Jones and DJ Irie. The Dranoff is particularly proud that the PIANO SLAM’s Literary Chair is award winning poet and playwright and NWSA graduate Tarell McCraney.

PIANO SLAM is a public-private partnership with the Dranoff Foundation, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Steinway Miami Piano Gallery, The Miami HEAT, Lenovo Computers, The Children’s Trust, The Miami Foundation, and Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs.

The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation is dedicated to the presentation of Two Piano music and its outstanding artists to the publics of the world. Foundation programs develop audiences and appreciation for this unique art form through education, performance, and the commission of new Two Piano compositions by world renowned composers, including Morton Gould, John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Ned Rorem and Michel Legrand.

Please visit http://www.dranoff2piano.org

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