BERLIN — Said to be most fun you can have, a dueling piano show will be coming to the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts on Friday, May 19, beginning at 8 p.m.
According to a release from the art center, the show is a "to-the-top-of-your-lungs" sing along with all your friends.
Two grand pianos are center-stage with a team of pianists that seem to know every song ever written. Each show is different because it's all request and you or your friends might even get called up on stage for a bit of good humored fun and some unforgettable YouTube moments. There are several teams of pianists working together on the dueling pianos program; the names of the two pianists for the upcoming Berlin show have not been announced.
“Think you won't sing along? Just try not too — I dare ya!” says pianist Bill Connors.
Dueling piano shows are request-oriented, interactive, sing-a-long shows wherein two piano players sit across from each other and trade songs. The dueling piano audience is used for the dueling aspect of the show. Audience members are pitted one side against the other. Examples of rivalries include country vs. rock, men against women, etc.
The dueling piano interactive concept has grown rapidly over the past few years and shows no sign of letting-up. Why? One very simple reason: People love to interact and have fun.
With the pianos at the forefront, the piano players act as "ring masters." Known as the entertainment directors, they are responsible for maintaining enthusiasm and maximizing laughs. Hand picked from only the finest regional talent, they are experts at keeping audience members involved, happy and content.
Dueling piano shows often take unexpected turns. Tangents may include involving staff members, changing song lyrics or roasting popular audience members. Everyone is drawn together by the camaraderie and nostalgia to form one large, synergistic party — swaying to the music and bellowing-out familiar lyrics. This concept is based on the simple fact that everyone wants to have a good time. The Dueling Piano "experience" is not only incredible fun, but also very unique. Guests aren't just entertained by the piano players — they become part of the show. Check out a clip on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1WMtfHc3t0.
On Friday, May 19, beginning at 8 p.m., you can be the judge. As a matter of fact, you can be part of it. Thanks to a sponsorship from the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, tickets for this performance ($15 for adults, $10 for those under 18) are available online (for a small additional fee), at the door on the evening of the concert or at the art center’s office at 155 Emery St., in Berlin; call (603) 752-1028 for more information. Keep in mind the show is rated PG-13, which means it may contain innuendos, puns, safe jokes and language that might not be appropriate for all ages.
For more information about this event, to purchase a membership or loyalty card or to make a donation to the annual or capital improvement funds, contact the arts center at (603) 752-1028; visit the website, www.stkieranarts.org or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stkieranarts.
Programming at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is made possible by the support of community corporate sponsors, The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, The GETZ Foundation,The Wyman Family Fund and The Rydin Family Fund.