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 Post subject: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 1:23 pm 
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This was announced a couple days ago:

http://chicagopianocompetition.org/


I'm going to do this again and would love to have company! So start practicing and saving up some money for airfare, gas, or whatever and come to Chicago (I can be your private tour guide). It will be fun!! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 8:48 pm 
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This is very interesting indeed! It is the first time I hear of such a competition and they certainly give ample time for preparation. Would it not be fun to take part? In my case, should I decide to enter (and will need llit of practice for that!), either I go alone or I talk the good Uncle into giving my wife a visa.

Dream, dream away!

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 4:11 am 
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richard66 wrote:
This is very interesting indeed! It is the first time I hear of such a competition and they certainly give ample time for preparation. Would it not be fun to take part? In my case, should I decide to enter (and will need llit of practice for that!), either I go alone or I talk the good Uncle into giving my wife a visa.

Dream, dream away!


Yes, it would be fun to take part. I hope you and many others here will join me. And yes, nothing like entering a piano competition to make one up the practicing :!:

I often do piano-related things by myself so my husband isn't sitting around bored to death. But maybe your wife is different. And just curious - what does your good uncle have to do with this?

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 7:19 am 
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:D Good Uncle Sam! I did have an uncle thereabouts, but he has since passed away. I do have a brother over there and a niece who is starting a signing career:

http://livingattheopera.com/blog/2011/0 ... t-herring/

While looking this up I found my picture ilustrating an article on the city of Willmering in Germany. :D I did not even know it existed!

My wife would be very offended to be left behind. The three days at the maternity were already too much for her! And our daughter would miss out on the fun. All those pianos to play!

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 1:07 pm 
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Sorry Richard, I must be missing something here. Doesn't your wife live in the U.S. with you? I don't think you need a visa to come to Chicago....haha.
Also, the competition is not a place for kids, but there a lot of very nice panos to play.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 4:42 pm 
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No, we do not live in the US. What made you think we live there?

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 4:52 pm 
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Well...I don't really know now... Sorry, guess I am mistaken.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
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No problem... You were almost right in a way, but let that be a mystery so far. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 6:59 pm 
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Richard, for some reason I think you're "down under."

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
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No no Eddy, I am on top all right! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:26 pm 
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This does sound like fun. I love Chitown but haven't had a chance to get up there for sometime. Used to be able to take the old C&EI RR to the Dearborn Street Station. Now we have to go 50 mi. S.W. to get a train to go 100 mi. north of where we started. Even if I can't enter (I do derive most of my income right now playing the piano), I would love to come up and cheer everyone else on. We could have a great night out in the Loop and Wrigleyville and shop the Magnificent Mile..... (I'm waxing nostalgic.) And I have to have a lunch in the Walut Room at Marshall Fields, I mean Macy's :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 1:55 am 
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Very interesting Monica. How often does this occur? Maybe I would consider for next time.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 3:57 am 
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@Scott - Right on to all of those things! A weekend in Chicago with some piano friends would be a blast!!
Besides Macy's taking over Marshall Fields, another change I can't get used to is the Willis Tower, :evil: formerly the Sears Tower, which it will always be in my mind...

@Eddy - Chicago held its first amateur piano competition last summer. It went so well and was a such a big success that the organizers have decided to do it every two years. I am so glad that I was in it last time. Even though I was scared to death, I actually made it through alive :lol: and...well...it was an amazing experience :!:

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
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@Monica: Very nice Monica. I'm happy for you and wish you a wonderful experience next year. Maybe, Lord willing, we may meet face to face in 3 years!

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2012
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Is one year not enough for you to prepare, Eddy?

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