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The 3rd Annual Steinway Piano Concert Series in Cannon Beach opens Friday, September 13, 7 pm featuring “Rising Star” Gabriele Strata, considered one of the leading Italian pianists of his generation. This concert is free and open to the public, sponsored by Portland Piano International as part of the “Rising Stars” piano concerts. Another “Rising Star,” Simon Karakulidi will perform a classical piano recital at Cannon Beach Community Church on Wednesday, November 13th, at 7pm.

“Rising Stars” are up-and-coming pianists who are selected by Portland Piano International from around the world. They are the concert pianists of the future. These young artists perform multiple recitals across Oregon, to communities outside of the Portland Metro area. Rising Stars recitals are held in more intimate settings such as Cannon Beach Community Church. Rising Stars performers often speak directly to the audience and introduce their pieces. Portland Piano International thanks the generous sponsors who have made the Rising Star series possible including Herbert A. Templeton Foundation; ESCO Foundation; and the Jackson Foundation.

“Rising Star,” Gabriele Strata is hailed as “a brilliant talent with extraordinary sensitivity and superb technique.” Gabriele recently won First Prize at the XXXV Premio Venezia, the prestigious Italian piano competition where he was awarded the Plaque of the President of the Italian Republic and the Medal of the Italian Senate. The Italian government previously recognized his artistic achievements in 2016 when he was awarded the Medal of the Italian Parliament. Mr. Strata’s concert is free and open to the public.

Series Schedule

Cannon Beach Community Church hosts the 3rd Annual Steinway Piano Concert 2019 Series, featuring six piano concerts from September through December, 2019.

On Friday, September 13, at 7pm, the opening piano concert features “Rising Star,” Gabriele Strata, considered one of Italy’s finest next generation classical pianists.

On Saturday, September 21, 7pm, classical pianist Stephen Beus returns to Cannon Beach Community Church to play a benefit concert in memory of Tom Drumheller. $10 donation the door will benefit Helping Hands.

The Northwest Piano Trio will perform at Cannon Beach Community Church on Saturday, October 5, at 7pm, a concert that is free and open to the public.

During Stormy Weather Arts Festival, on Saturday, November 2, at 7pm, Community Church presents a Jazz Piano & Nature Photoshow open to the public, a show titled “Cascade Colors,” featuring nature photoshow by professional photographer Thomas Robinson and solo jazz piano music by jazz pianist David Robinson. $10 donation at the door will benefit Helping Hands.

Another “Rising Star,” Simon Karakulidi of Russia will perform an all-classical piano concert Wednesday, November 13th, at 7pm. This concert is free and open to the public.

Local pianist, Jennifer Goodenberger will perform on Sunday, December 22, at 3pm, playing original piano compositions and Christmas carols. This holiday concert is free and open to the public.

All six concerts are hosted by Cannon Beach Community Church, in the Sanctuary on the Steinway Grand Piano located in downtown Cannon Beach at 132 E. Washington, Cannon Beach.

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