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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.

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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