A world-famous musical group will be playing in Tallahassee this Saturday (11/11). A fortunate and unforeseen set of circumstances led to this performance.
Tallahassee Artist Series Executive Director Melanie Mays was not expecting this phone call.
“You know, just out of the blue, the agent for the Vienna Piano Trio called us – and we’ve had them before in our past seasons – called and said, ‘Would you like them to come and play a concert for you?’ So this is a totally unscheduled event for us.”
So unscheduled, Mays says, that there was no time to slate the Trio to play at a regular Artist Series venue, like FSU’s Opperman Music Hall.
“’Okay, so we’ll just have a little get-together at someone’s house and have them play and it’ll be fun.’ And I said, ‘No, wait a minute. We were needing a fundraiser!’ So this was like a gift from heaven.”
And soon there was another gift from heaven, following a hurried call to a well-known Capital City businessman.
“We spoke with Devoe Moore and Shirley and Devoe Moore really liked the idea and they said, ‘Sure! Come on over to the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. We’re going to be the host.’ So they are helping us with this fundraiser, which is fantastic. And we’re going to be in the Cord Room, which is the free-standing building in back of the Museum.”
Of course, you can’t have a performance by a piano trio without a piano. And Mays said Mr. Moore was able to help again by providing a very unique piano from his Museum’s extensive collection.
“It is the Chihuly Olympia Steinway. And Chihuly is the glass artist, so there’s glass artwork on the top and inside of the piano. It’s lime green. You cannot miss this piano and the keys are orange and yellow. It’s a fantastic piece of artwork!”
In contrast to a regular Artist Series concert, Mays said this Saturday’s will have some non-traditional amenities and features, including a tour of the Antique Car Museum.
“Be there at 3:30 p.m. That’s when the doors open and you can start with a little cash bar, get a little vino to start your concert. And then the concert will begin around 4:00 p.m. and we’re going to celebrate our veterans. And then after the concert there will be food and then the tour starts around 5:15-5:30 p.m. and it’s a great way to spend your afternoon.”
Mays urged anyone interested to get their tickets now.
“You can go to our web site: www.theartistseries.org, or you can call me at: 850-445-1616.”
Especially since the Vienna Piano Trio has quickly become a top tier attraction in the world of serious music.