Piano Duos and Double Duos Recital Delights

By Marilyn Stanhope

The “Duos and Double Duos” concert, held November 14, 2010, at Mooring Presbyterian Church, was conceived as a memorial to longtime member Phyllis Warren, who passed away in 2009. Phyllis served ten years as scholarship chair or co-chair in charge of the club’s prestigious Student Scholarship Competition. She was also a teacher and an accomplished pianist, specializing in duets and double duos.

Cathy Frecker, who shared in Phyllis’s love of two-piano music and performed as Phyllis’s piano partner in her later years, was the organizer of the recital. In her opening remarks, Cathy mentioned the many piano recitals Phyllis had given and spoke of the various partners with whom she had performed over the years. Some of these performances had been given as benefits for the Naples Music Club. It was noted that one of the two pianos used for the recital, a Mason & Hamlin, had belonged to Phyllis and had been given to the church.

Those who contributed their talents, along with Cathy, were Lidia Doroshina, Deb Doud, Esther Duncan, Elena Hall, Joyce Kempton, Loretta Myers, Maurizio Nisita, Anne Roberts, Marilyn Stanhope, Rumi Wildner, and Myra Williams. To add special interest, two young 2010 scholarship winners, Joseph Lang and Bennett Lanni, gave solo performances as well.

The club was especially pleased to have Priscilla Grannis, Phyllis’s daughter attend this concert and address the audience before the intermission. Priscilla told of how keenly interested her mother had been in developing young musical talent as a piano teacher for 60 years. She also described current studies showing the benefits of music education and the profound impact such education has on young lives. Read her remarks.

At the conclusion of the recital, club members couldn’t help but feel that Phyllis would have been very pleased with the music and events of the day. Click to view recital photos, the program or a video.