Clayton Piano Festival

Clayton Piano Festival The Clayton Piano Festival is a non-profit arts organization devoted to cultivating interest and attention to classical piano music and music education in Clayton, NC and the surrounding communities.

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11/25/2021
CPF Holiday Gala Preview

Tickets to Clayton Piano Festival Holiday Gala are now 25% off through Cyber Monday! Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/.../clayton-piano-festival... and enter the word, "CPF" at checkout where it says, "Enter promo code."


December 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Twin Oaks Barn at Umstead Ranch
6644 Cornwallis Rd, Garner, NC 27529

Joel A. Martin, piano
John Arthur Greene, vocalist
Angelique Alexander, vocalist
Christin Danchi, violin
David Richards, trumpet
Jonathan Levin, piano
Swingsters Union Band
Shelby Dean Stephenson, poet

​Tickets: $30 general, $25 Seniors (65 and above), $15 All grade school and college students, Children 5 and under are free

​Clayton Piano Festival presents this star-studded Holiday concert celebration as a finale to its 10th anniversary season. The show features jazz and classical legend, Joel A. Martin, Broadway star, John Arthur Greene (West Side Story, Matilda, School of Rock, Tootsie), classical and jazz vocalist Angelique Alexander, multi-genre violinist Christin Danchi, David Richards and the Swingsters Union Band, and Artistic Director, Jonathan Levin, pianist. The musical selections will be brought to you by narration from the renowned NC poet, Shelby Stephenson. Stay afterwards to enjoy the beautiful ambience of the Twin Oaks Barn with a festive Holiday reception.

Tickets to Clayton Piano Festival Holiday Gala are now 25% off through Cyber Monday!  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e...
11/24/2021

Tickets to Clayton Piano Festival Holiday Gala are now 25% off through Cyber Monday! Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clayton-piano-festival-holiday-gala-tickets-194883209927 and enter the word, "CPF" at checkout where it says, "Enter promo code."

Tickets to Clayton Piano Festival Holiday Gala are now 25% off through Cyber Monday! Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clayton-piano-festival-holiday-gala-tickets-194883209927 and enter the word, "CPF" at checkout where it says, "Enter promo code."

Meet Joey Chang, and then come and meet him in person and hear him make up music on the spot!  Join us this Friday for T...
11/10/2021
Rising Artist: Juilliard Grad Joey Chang

Meet Joey Chang, and then come and meet him in person and hear him make up music on the spot! Join us this Friday for Telling Stories: Screening & Reception featuring award-winning NC poet Shelby Dean Stephenson and virtuoso pianist, Joey Chang.

Tickets still on sale at: https://ava-gardner-museum.myshopify.com/products/admission-telling-stories

Pianist Joey Chang, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, discusses his musical background and his pr...

08/15/2021
"The Man I Love" by Gershwin live at Clayton Piano Festival

A Little sample of last month's concert at Revival 1869 - A Drinkery! Angelique Alexander sings "The Man I Love" by George Gershwin, with Jonathan Levin, pianist. Next we will be at The Market at Three Little Birds August 27th for Living Room Concert!

Many thanks to Echelon Music Video Productions for making us sound so good!

05/12/2021
Clayton Piano Festival presents Joel Martin

Clayton Piano Festival presents Joel Martin

CPF’s 10th Season continues with an eclectic program of classical music, jazz standards, original music, and a special mix of jazz and classical genres by Jazzical creator and pianist Joel A. Martin. A pianist, composer and producer, Joel has collaborated with and/or written music for Grammy Award-winners Kathleen Battle, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, and Alan Menken. His multifaceted career has taken him to venues all around the world.

Please help support Clayton Piano Festival, and the artists who participate in the concerts each year with a donation of any size. Send to Paypal at - https://www.paypal.me/claytonpianofes...​. Or go to https://www.claytonpianofestival.org/...​ for more info. For checks, mail to P. O. Box 340, Clayton, NC 27520. Thank you for your support!

​Broadcast live from Hopper Piano Company in Raleigh.

Program

JAZZICAL SET

1. J. S. Bach: Praeludium from Partita No. 1
1a. Jazz Standard Response

2. Frederic Chopin: G minor Nocturne (Jazzical)

3. Igor Stravinsky: Grand Chorale "L'histoire du soldat"
3A. Frederic Chopin: Jazzical Nocturne in E minor

4. Debussy: Jazzical Reverie

ORIGINAL MUSIC
1. "Snow" - Joel A. Martin
2. "Queen's Aria" from HIPOPERA - Joel A. Martin
3. "The World Is Changing" from HIPOPERA - Joel A. Martin

CLOSING
Brahms: Jazzical Intermezzo in A

05/11/2021
Clayton Piano Festival presents Joel Martin

Clayton Piano Festival presents Joel Martin

CPF’s 10th Season continues with an eclectic program of classical music, jazz standards, original music, and a special mix of jazz and classical genres by Jazzical creator and pianist Joel A. Martin. A pianist, composer and producer, Joel has collaborated with and/or written music for Grammy Award-winners Kathleen Battle, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, and Alan Menken. His multifaceted career has taken him to venues all around the world.

Please help support Clayton Piano Festival, and the artists who participate in the concerts each year with a donation of any size. Send to Paypal at - https://www.paypal.me/claytonpianofes...​. Or go to https://www.claytonpianofestival.org/...​ for more info. For checks, mail to P. O. Box 340, Clayton, NC 27520. Thank you for your support!

​Broadcast live from Hopper Piano Company in Raleigh.

Program

JAZZICAL SET

1. J. S. Bach: Praeludium from Partita No. 1
1a. Jazz Standard Response

2. Frederic Chopin: G minor Nocturne (Jazzical)

3. Igor Stravinsky: Grand Chorale "L'histoire du soldat"
3A. Frederic Chopin: Jazzical Nocturne in E minor

4. Debussy: Jazzical Reverie

ORIGINAL MUSIC
1. "Snow" - Joel A. Martin
2. "Queen's Aria" from HIPOPERA - Joel A. Martin
3. "The World Is Changing" from HIPOPERA - Joel A. Martin

CLOSING
Brahms: Jazzical Intermezzo in A

03/18/2021
Clayton Piano Festival presents Yoni Levyatov

Clayton Piano Festival presents Yoni Levyatov

Hailed by the New York Times as a musician of “appealing eccentricity,” internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, Yoni Levyatov brings to Clayton Piano Festival an eclectic program of classical favorites, forgotten gems, and original works for the piano. “In the Style of” features piano music which expresses external subjects from different points of view, whether it be opera singing, dancing, the cello, different cultural styles, or just a story which you can make up yourself along with the music.

Ludwig Van Beethoven
6 Variations in G on Paisiello's Duet 'Nel cor piu non mi sento', WoO70

Robert Schumann
Novelette Op.99 No.9
Novelette Op.21 No.8

Alexander Borodin
Petite Suite
V. Rêverie
VII. Scherzo

Yoni Levyatov
Havanaise Oubliee
Lindy Hop

Frederic Chopin
Etude Op.25 No.7
Ballade Op 52

Please help support Clayton Piano Festival, and the artists who participate in the concerts each year with a "virtual ticket." Suggested donation: $10 Send to Paypal at - https://paypal.me/claytonpianofestival
Or go to https://www.claytonpianofestival.org/community for more info.

Happening tomorrow!    Extraordinary artists, Josh Wright and Lindsey Lambert Wright, perform a beautiful collection of ...
02/14/2021

Happening tomorrow! Extraordinary artists, Josh Wright and Lindsey Lambert Wright, perform a beautiful collection of music from their home in Salt Lake City, while Artistic Director, Jonathan Levin show's you around Downtown Clayton, NC to see some local businesses which could be potential date spots, because it is Valentine's Day after all! Join us for Clayton Piano Festival Valentine's Day Livestream right from your living room tomorrow at 7:00 PM EST! View online at www.claytonpianofestival.org or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia32nLat3vM.
If you value these performances, please help support Clayton Piano Festival, and the artists who participate in the concerts each year with a "virtual ticket." Suggested donation: $10 Send to Paypal at - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/claytonpianofestival

Program info:

Libertango - Astor Piazzola, arr. Pablo Ziegler

Ballet from Orphée et Eurydice - Christoph Willibauld Gluck, arr. Greg Anderson

Film featurette - “Patty Cake’s Littlest Cupcake Shop”

Dolly Suite, Berceuse and Pas Espagnol - Gabriel Fauré

Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op.72 No.2 - Antonin Dvorak

Film Featurette - “Clayton Steakhouse”

Adagio from Marcello’s Oboe Concerto - arr. J.S. Bach

Oblivion - Astor Piazzola, arr. Saúl Cosentino

Lullaby in a Storm, Op.54 - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Arcadi Volodos

Film Featurette - “Revival 1869 - A Drinkery”

Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - Frédéric Chopin

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Clayton Piano Festival!  Thanks to all who participated and helped out with our ...
12/26/2020

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Clayton Piano Festival! Thanks to all who participated and helped out with our Holiday Concert! It was a blast!

The whole concert is available on our youtube page with track listings in the description here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMVD9mWpNC8&feature=youtu.be

Hello all, our Clayton Piano Festival Holiday Concert link for tonight has changed - correct link below.  Looking forwar...
12/22/2020
CPF 9th Season Holiday Concert

Hello all, our Clayton Piano Festival Holiday Concert link for tonight has changed - correct link below. Looking forward to "seeing" you there!

Clayton Piano Festival closes its 9th season with a festive Holiday concert, featuring classical hits, jazz standards, and Holiday favorites to keep you warm...

12/17/2020

For Beethoven's birthday, Joey Chang performs his improvisation on Für Elise exclusively for Clayton Piano Festival!

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12/15/2020

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12/08/2020

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12/01/2020

Needless to say, it’s been a strange year for everyone! Though this has been a difficult time for the arts, I’m proud of how we have forged ahead and continued to fulfill our mission of bringing great music to diverse audiences in creative ways. We’re incredibly thankful for the Town of Clayton, NC Government, Johnston County Arts Council, Hopper Piano Company, and for you, the many people who have kept us going through your volunteer efforts, lending of resources, professional partnerships, and financial support. It’s been amazing to see what we can accomplish despite the limitations of being forced to go virtual!

When Clayton Piano Festival started 10 years ago, I never could have imagined such circumstances and uncertainty going into our 10th Season. But come what may, we will carry on and celebrate our first decade with more great music and performances!

Please consider helping us continue our mission by donating at our website (link at top of homepage) or at the link below.

Donate - https://www.powr.io/apps/paypal-button/view?id=26283221&mode=page&transaction_id=7683943

10/20/2020
Jonathan Levin - live

CPF’s 9th Season has begun! Please enjoy “Play my Music Anyhow” - an evening of poetry and improvisation with pianist Joey Chang and poet Shelby Stephenson.

Thanks to the generous support of the Town of Clayton, NC Government and Hopper Piano Company, Clayton Piano Festival wi...
10/08/2020

Thanks to the generous support of the Town of Clayton, NC Government and Hopper Piano Company, Clayton Piano Festival will be bringing you an abbreviated but really special season of livestream events in 2 weeks! You will be able to view them live on www.claytonpianofestival.org or our Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIRn4meqAhHsjhLy7g5ic4A

Excited to join amazing guest artists Joey Chang, Elana Gleason, Dexter Ruffin, Craig Ketter, Aza Sydykov, and Christin Danchi.

Stay tuned for more details about our concerts on October 20, 22, and 24 all starting at 8 PM EST!

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10/08/2020

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08/20/2020

This is our new livestream link! please share with as many people as possible! Looking forward to seeing you!

Program:

Hugo Wolf
Verschwiegene Liebe / Silent Love

Gustave Mahler
Erinnerung / Memory
Wer hat dies Lieflein erdacht? / Who made up this little song?

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata "Quasi una fantasia" Op. 27, No. 1
I. Andante – Allegro – Andante
II. Allegro molto e vivace
III. Adagio con espressione
IV. Allegro vivace

Johannes Brahms
Der Gang zum Liebchen / The Walk to the Beloved
Von ewiger Liebe / Eternal Love

George Gershwin
Porgy and Bess Fantasy (excerpts)
Arr. Earl Wild

Allegra’s Aria from “Colonel Jonathan the Saint” - Dominick Argento

Prayer - Ricky Ian Gordon / Langston Hughes

08/14/2020

Join Artistic Director, Jonathan Levin and special guest, Joy Jan Jones for an evening of great music live from Hopper Piano Company!

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07/30/2020

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Excited to “break the silence” and announce a fun collaboration with another stellar past CPF artist, Joy Jan Jones!  Tu...
07/30/2020

Excited to “break the silence” and announce a fun collaboration with another stellar past CPF artist, Joy Jan Jones! Tune in on Thursday, August 20th at 7:30 PM EST and hear some great music, and get a little preview of our fall season. More details to come!

04/16/2020

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our first livestream concert with previous CPF performers around the country! It was a really fun event with wonderful and meaningful performances. Thanks to our performers, Christin Danchi, Angelo Rondello, Julia Mortyakova, Valentin Bogdan, Rachel Flowers Music, and Matthew Harrison plus the steadfast support of our board members Donna Bailey-Taylor, Dara Edwards, Elvis Farr, Steve-Sharon Levin, Tom Medlin, Misty Smith, Bryan Smith, Patrick Taggart, and Eric Thompson.

This is a very important time to support musicians as their work is tremendously affected by cancelations of public events all over the world. By putting on these livestream concerts, we are not only providing musicians with an essential opportunity to share their work (the result of countless hours of dedicated work and sacrifice), but we're also paying them at least a modest fee. If you would like to see more of these events, please consider donating to Clayton Piano Festival either here or at www.claytonpianofestival.org.

Concert Schedule:

7:50

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Christin Danchi, Violin

Appalachia Waltz - Mark O’Connor (B. 1962)

21:25

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Angelo Rondello

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F# Major, Op. 78 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Tarantella, S. 162 No. 3 (from Venezia e Napoli) - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

49:40

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Julia Mortyakova and Valentin Bogdan Piano Duo

Variations on Balkan Themes Op. 60 (1st set) - Amy Beach (1867-1944)

Le Matin et Le Soir Op. 79 (Morning and Evening) - Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)

1:16:10

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Rachel Flowers

Greg’s Favorite - Rachel Flowers (1993-present)

The Falcon Will Fly Again - Brad Mehldau (1970-present)

Captain Jon - Geoffrey Keezer (1970-present)

1:47:45

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Matthew Harrison

Waltz in C-sharp Minor Op. 64 no. 2 - Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Barcarolle in F-sharp Major Op. 60 - Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

04/11/2020
02/18/2020
Clayton Piano Festival Valentine's Day Gala

Incredible and moving performances from Clayton Piano Festival's Valentine's Day Gala. "Synagogue Wail" by David Krakauer followed by "Der Heyser Bulgar" - Trad., arr. Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg.

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02/18/2020

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Sell out crowd last night for a scintillating Valentine's Day Gala concert with David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg!  Thank...
02/15/2020

Sell out crowd last night for a scintillating Valentine's Day Gala concert with David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg! Thanks to all who came out and shared some incredible music and food at Brick & Mortar Events in Downtown Clayton, NC! See you all again in the fall!

Can't wait for this Friday's CPF Valentine's Day Gala at Brick & Mortar Events!! For those who have been asking, here is...
02/10/2020

Can't wait for this Friday's CPF Valentine's Day Gala at Brick & Mortar Events!! For those who have been asking, here is the menu:

Menu:
Sliced Sirloin with Tricolor peppers & onion
Penne Pesto
Chicken Bruschetta with yellow rice
Roasted Potatoes & Sauteed String Beans
Garden salad with ranch & Italian dressing
dinner rolls
Dessert: chocolate covered strawberries, eclairs, mini cheesecakes, brownies & chocolate cake
sweet, unsweet tea, lemonade & water
Cash Bar

The musical menu will be even more virtuosic! Reserve your tickets now at www.claytonpianofestival.org/vday2020

It's February already!  Tickets are going quickly, reserve yours today at www.claytonpianofestival.org/vday2020.  Can't ...
02/04/2020

It's February already! Tickets are going quickly, reserve yours today at www.claytonpianofestival.org/vday2020. Can't wait for the CPF Valentine's Day Gala featuring the world class Krakauer-Tagg Duo at Brick & Mortar Events!

01/28/2020

Don't miss the CPF Valentine's Day Gala on February 14th, 6:30pm at Brick & Mortar Events, featuring the amazing Krakauer-Tagg Duo! World class meal and world class concert! Tickets available at www.claytonpianofestival.org/vday2020

01/15/2020
David Krakauer

Valentine’s Day is only a month away. Don’t miss our Valentine’s Day Gala on February 14th at Brick & Mortar Events with the fabulous Krakauer-Tagg Duo! Here’s a little clip of David Krakauer rehearsing (the rest of the band won’t be at the concert). Tickets at www.claytonpianofestical.org/vday2020.

We had a blast rehearsing yesterday with Abraham Inc.!!...TODAY, SUN SEPT 24th is the show! MUSICIANS FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES in support of the New York Civil Liberties Union - NYCLU. Symphony Space. 7pm. With my incredible colleagues Fred Wesley, Joshua Dolgin, SocalledJerome Harris, Sheryl Bailey, Brandon Wright, Eddie Allen, Taron Benson, Michael Sarin, Allen Watsky, Alicia Krakauer

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This Friday! Purchase tickets now for this amazing Clayton Piano Festival show at the Ava Gardner Museum! #VisitJoCo
The Ava Gardner Museum, Johnston County Heritage Center, and Clayton Piano Festival present a screening of a featurette film combining visuals, poetry, and original music called “Play My Music Anyhow.” The film, shot by Jonathan Levin, combines the poetry of former NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson with the music of Joey Chang, a Juilliard trained virtuoso prodigy pianist, to truly tell us stories that only these two mediums combined can create. The screening will be held at the Ava Gardner Museum on November 12 at 7pm. More information about the event & tickets are available here: https://ava-gardner-museum.myshopify.com/products/admission-telling-stories #AvaGardnerMuseum #FilmScreening #TellingStories #VisitJoCo
It’s @lastfridayinclayton!! Time to 🌟CELEBRATE 6 YEARS🌟 Tonight from 6-9, LIVE Music with Clayton Piano Festival and a FREE gift with every purchase while supplies last. #lastfridayinclayton #shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness #anniversary #farmhousehome #shopraleigh #shopclaytonnc #downtownclaytonnc #shoplocal #paintedfurniture #makersgonnamake
Check out this In The Know article featuring Miss America 2019 and former Clayton Piano Festival performer, Nia Imani Franklin: https://bit.ly/3iYiY8L! She's an inspiration from the inside-out and we were so honored to have her in our showroom recently to record some tunes with that beautiful voice of hers! ✨👑🎶✨ ⠀ www.HopperPiano.com #hopperpiano #niafranklin #intheknow
Join our Clayton Piano Festival friends tomorrow evening for A Midsummer Night's Sing! This event will be a fun after-hours performance of classical and jazz favorites in the eclectic and welcoming environment of Clayton’s unique craft cocktail bar, Revival 1869 - A Drinkery. The concert will feature operatic and jazz singer, Angelique Alexander, violinist, Christin Danchi, and pianist, Jonathan Levin performing classical, opera, jazz, and modern masterpieces. 🎹🎻🎶🥃🌕✨ ⠀ www.HopperPiano.com #hopperpiano #claytonpianofestival #livemusic
The Clayton Piano Festival won't let the rain put a damper on it's first live concert in over a year! It will go on, as scheduled, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Neuse River Amphitheatre. Bring your lawn chairs, snacks and some bug spray and enjoy the classical favorites of the incredibly talented pianist Jonathan Levin. For more information on this event visit: https://www.claytonpianofestival.org/musicbytheriver And to stay up-to-date on all the exciting events happening around the County make sure you give Visit Johnston County, NC a follow.
Let's hear it for live music! Clayton Piano Festival will be holding its first non-virtual event of the year on June 25th! ⠀ The "Music By the River" program will take place at Neuse River Ampitheater in Smithfield. Learn more here: claytonpianofestival.org 🎹🎶🌅 ⠀ www.HopperPiano.com #hopperpiano #steinwayandsons #claytonpianofestival
Save the date! On June 25, the Clayton Piano Festival presents Music by the River featuring concert pianist Jonathan Levin at the Neuse River Amphitheatre in Downtown Smithfield for a wonderful evening of music by the river. We are very excited to have world class talent like Mr. Levin’s on display downtown, and hope that you will join us for this free performance! https://facebook.com/events/582348099350844
Oh, you just never know what kinds of glamorous things take place in our showroom after hours... 💃✨ ⠀ Just a couple of weeks ago, for instance, Clayton Piano Festival favorite, Elana Gleason, did a very dazzling recording session with Jonathan Levin. We can't wait to see the finished product! ⠀ www.HopperPiano.com #hopperpiano #steinwayandsons #recordingsession
It will, without a doubt, be incredible to experience live music with the company of an energetic audience again soon. With that said, it's been a pretty special experience feeling like the Triangle's foremost concert venue this past year. Thanks to everyone who has been tuning in to the live virtual shows put on in our showroom and lovingly brought to you by Clayton Piano Festival. 🎥🎹✨ ⠀ www.HopperPiano.com #hopperpiano #steinwayandsons #claytonpianofestival
Did you catch Clayton Piano Festival's latest virtual concert featuring Joel A. Martin performing live from our showroom? This was a beautiful set that we highly recommend enjoying again! 🎥🎹🎶 ⠀ You can help support Clayton Piano Festival, and the artists who participate in the concerts each year with a "virtual ticket." Go to claytonpianofestival.org/community for more info. ⠀ www.HopperPiano.com #hopperpiano #steinwayandsons #claytonpianofestival
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