The Artist Series of Tallahassee Presents the Cann Sisters, Piano Dio

Published: Mar. 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM EST
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The Artist Series of Tallahassee and WCTV present the Cann Sisters, piano duo, on Sunday, March 8, at 4 pm, Opperman Hall, FSU.

Sisters Michelle and Kimberly Cann have been making music together since they were in elementary school in Florida. Both grew up playing multiple instruments: steel drums, bassoon, violin, trombone, and tuba, but the piano was their first love. They won many of the same competitions (often simultaneously in the junior and senior divisions) and performed as soloists with the same ensembles, such as the Florida Orchestra. They have performed across the USA, including a recent Washington, DC debut at the National Gallery.

The sisters are both passionate about outreach and education. Kimberly found an El Sistema-inspired program called "Keys for Kidz," which is geared toward providing free group-piano instruction for under-served children Michelle is an instructor in a thriving, El Sistema-based music program called "Play on, Phill" (POP). Their master classes and recitals have been praised as enormously fun, interactive and informative.

Michelle Cann began studying piano at the age of seven and has placed in various state, national and international competitions including the Music Teacher's National Association Competition, the International Russian Piano Music Competition, the Gilmore Piano Foundation Competition and the Blount Young Artists National Competition. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 14. Michelle received the BM and the MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied under Robert McDonald. In 2016, Michelle gave the New York premiere of the Piano Concerto by Florence Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer.

Kimberly Cann made her solo debut at age 12 and her orchestral debut with Beethovens "Emperor" Concerto at age 13. She received her MM from the Eastman School of Music and was a Visiting Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica). President of the Asheville Area Piano Forum and VP of Marketing for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, she maintains a thriving teaching studio in Asheville, NC and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Don't miss this exciting concert performance! Click here to purchase tickets:

Tickets available at the door day of concert.

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