Traditions with a Twist


Johann Sebastian Bach was more famous as an organist during his life than he was as a composer.  He was not recognized as “One of the Greats” until after his death.

Did you know that Bach never actually wrote music for the piano?  Did you know that Mozart’s piano sounded VERY different from the pianos of today?  Did you know that today’s pianos are tuned to a totally different frequency than the ones Beethoven played?

Over the centuries, pianos have evolved as much as the music that we play on them.  …but have you ever wondered what “The Great Composers” used to hear when THEY played?

If so, you won’t want to miss Gist Piano Center’s latest Partners In Education Event:  Traditions With a Twist.

c-230_theater_galJoin us at 6:30pm on Friday, June 19 (in Louisville) or at 2:30pm on Saturday, June 20 (in Lexington).  We’re turning back the clock to enjoy some of the great classics AS THEY WERE INTENDED.  In partnership with Roland Corporation, US, our PIE Students will be using a unique instrument (the Roland C-230 Classic Keyboard) to recreate the organ sounds of Bach’s day, the harpsichord tones that Mozart listened to and the early pianofortes that characterized the first days of piano music.  You’ll hear just how different classical music was when it was the popular music of its day – and you’ll see why the people of that era loved it so!

Experience classical music the way it was meant to be and in a way ONLY Gist Piano Center can bring to you with “Traditions With a Twist.”  Admission is free and open to the public.

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About James Harding

From the farmlands of Iowa, James joined the Gist staff in May of 2009. James began studying classical, jazz and piano improv from 4yrs old until he graduated from Le’Ecole De La Musica at age 18. In college, he majored in voice and music ministry. Then, in 2001, James took a job managing Simon’s Music. When West Music purchased Simon’s in 2004, James became their Certified Steinway Piano Specialist. Today, in addition to his leadership responsibilities at Gist Piano Center, James travels across the United States giving seminars on music education and piano technology and he writes the monthly "Tech Beat" column for Music Inc. Magazine.

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