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posted: 5/2/2013 1:09 PM

Oakton's Six Piano ensemble to perform May 4, 5

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Submitted by Oakton Community College

Be prepared to be musically dazzled when the internationally-acclaimed Oakton Six Piano Ensemble performs two concerts of popular, classical and ragtime selections at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 4, and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at the college's Footlik Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

These May performances replace those canceled due to flooding at Des Plaines (April 27--28). Concertgoers who purchased tickets for the April shows must call the Oakton Box Office at (847) 635-1900 to have their tickets reprinted at no cost.

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Conducted and founded by Glenna Sprague, Skokie resident and Oakton professor and coordinator of music, the Six Piano Ensemble has amazed sold-out audiences for more than two decades. The group's rich layered sound performs symphonic music transcribed for six pianos is comparable to an orchestra, with each pianist playing a unique part. Highlights will include everything from Symphony No. 1 in C Major by Beethoven to "The Strenuous Life" by Scott Joplin.

The Oakton Six Piano Ensemble will display the musical flair of Jessica Walker, Des Plaines; Viktoriya Gordiyenko, Morton Grove; Marianne Pyster, Chicago; Lina Schaal, Chicago; Beatriz Levi, Northfield; and Garfield Sallman, Des Plaines.

Critics from Honolulu to Vienna hail the group as "extraordinary," "unique," and "innovative." Hearing is believing!

Tickets are $17 for general admission; $14 for students and seniors; and $12 for groups of 15 or more.

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