Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 pm, Simon Family JCC
Hear favorite songs performed at the Simon Family JCC’s first ever Dueling Pianos evening.
Formed in 2011 by Jacob Wolfson in Baltimore, Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos now has approximately 10 performing pianists. Two of these pianists will play an all request performance at the JCC.
“Be ready to sing along, clap along and listen to your favorite songs of any variety,” says Wolfson.
While studying trumpet as an undergraduate at Peabody Conservatory, Wolfson worked as a bouncer at a nearby dueling pianos bar. Intrigued, he taught himself to play piano. He soon learned enough songs for a happy hour routine, and eventually a much larger repertoire by the time he graduated with a master’s degree.
A few years later, Wolfson started his own dueling pianos company. “We’ve performed for all kinds of special occasions, from weddings to shows at JCCs and BBYO conventions,” he says. “By having two pianos, there’s a larger song knowledge, and the energy level is very high. Together, a couple performers put on a better show than they would alone.”
Tenille Whitten, who organized a recent performance at a convention in Philadelphia says, “they play such a great range of music and do a wonderful job getting everyone dancing and enjoying the fun. They didn’t take one break…and people were not ready for the night to end.”
Tickets are $20 or $10 for JCC members and include one free drink; cash bar available. Purchase tickets by calling 321-2338, by visiting the JCC front desk.