Concert for a Cure March 2017


Mar 25, 2017

Sat 6:30 PM

1605 Bonanza St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596



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Enjoy an amazing charitable classical benefit concert by pianists Kenn Gartner and Justin Levitt benefiting the Cure GM1 Foundation.  This concert will be given in honor of a young girl named Iris who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and suffers from a fatal degenerative disease called GM1 Gangliosidosis.  All proceeds from this lovely evening of music will be donated towards medical research to help save Iris' life and the lives of all those who suffer from this devastating condition.   Entry to the event is free of charge.  Charitable donations are greatly appreciated.  A minimum suggested donation is $25 per person. SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 6:30 PM STEINWAY PIANO GALLERY 1605 BONANZA STREET WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA This event will also include a pop-up shot from Kendra Scott Jewelry.  20% of all sales proceeds will be donated to Cure GM1 Foundation in honor of Sweet Iris. Pianists Biographies Dr. Kenn Gartner Pianist, Conductor, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music: Piano & Voice, Juilliard Teachers Directory, Steinway Private Instructors List, MTNA, CAPMT, NATS. Bay Area resident with Ph.D. in Performance (Steinhardt School, New York University, 1979) where he studied with Eugene List.  An M.S. in Music Education with emphasis on Musicology (Queens College, City University of New York, 1970).  Studied with Adele Marcus and Eduard Steuermann leading to the Artist’s Diploma (The Juilliard School, 1964). Justin Levitt is an award winning pianist and composer. Justin has published four volumes of solo piano music that include seven winning pieces in the Music Teachers’ Association of California State Composition contest. He has written music for the Diablo Ballet used both in live performances and short films. Justin has played his music in small, intimate settings and world-famous concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York. Justin is President of the nationally recognized music organization Composers, Inc. and is an active participant and supporter of our music community.  His music is being played in homes, recitals, master classes, concerts, and competitions across the country. The Cure GM1 Foundation was founded by Christine Waggoner and Douglas Dooley. This 501(c)(3) was created in an effort to save their sweet daughter Iris’ life and to save the lives of all those affected by GM1 Gangliosidosis. GM1 is a rare and fatal neurological disease that primarily affects babies and children. Some might describe the condition as a pediatric disease with elements of Alzheimer’s and ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease. 100% of the net proceeeds will be donated directly to the Cure GM1 Foundation to help fund a clinical trial for GM1 Gangliosidosis. We hope with all our hearts that Iris will be eligible for the treatment and that many other children affected by GM1 will also be treated. Mr. Gartner's Program I Sonata in C minor, Opus 13                                 Ludwig van Beethoven                Grande Sonate pathetique Grave: Allegro di molto e con brio Adagio cantabile Allegro II Four Nocturnes   Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 (1832)                                                                                 Frederick Chopin Notturno (Liebestraume) No. 3 (1848)                                                                            Franz Liszt Nocturne, Op. 9, No.2 (1894)                                                                            Alexander Scriabin Notturno, No. 2 (c. 1898)                                                                                      Ottorino Respighi    III Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12                                                                                              Franz Liszt   Mr. Levitt will perform his own original compositions. Justin Levitt's Life Music is inspired from real life and emotions. The music is not only something that’s heard, but also felt and experienced. This allows the listener to reflect on their life, evoking their unique and personal thoughts, feelings, and emotions.