16th Annual Toy Piano Festival

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Join us for the "Suite 16" Toy Piano Festival!

Saturday, September 3, 2016
Downtown Central Library in the Neil Morgan Auditorium
Free and open to the public

At this popular annual event, you'll hear jazzy new works by Sue Palmer, the “Queen of Boogie-Woogie,” and other new toy piano scores by composers Ryoko Amadee Goguen, Linda Kernohan, Samara Rice, Ellen Lawson. Featured performances include: Kenneth Herman, Scott Paulson, and Andrea Wingen.

The event, which will be directed by the UC San Diego Library’s Scott Paulson, will include new scores for the toy piano, including the premiere of “Toy Piano Suite 16” and “Labor Day Lullabies.”

Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival every September, to pay homage to the Sept. 5 birthday of John Cage, the first composer to write a “serious” work for toy pianos. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores, at the request of Paulson, the Toy Piano Collection, and the events at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69.

The toy piano collection at Geisel Library consists of commissioned scores, and literature and recordings, and actual toy pianos, ranging from simple four-note novelty keyboards to three-octave baby grands. A selection of toy piano scores and instruments will be on stage at the San Diego Public Library event.

If you cannot make the performance at the Downtown Central Library on Saturday, September 3, you're invited to attend another performance at Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on Friday, September 2 from noon - 1pm.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu.
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By: UCSD Geisel Library