orchestra & chamber music series

Piano Battle

Saturday, April 2, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Woltosz Theatre

PERFORMANCE NOTICE: This performance has been rescheduled from its original performance dates. All tickets issued for the original and any rescheduled performances are valid for admission to the rescheduled engagement. Patrons who wish to request a refund or who would like to donate their ticket(s) may contact the Gogue Center box office at gpactickets@auburn.edu.

The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns playing pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. They’re even known to improvise based on requests by the crowd. 

Originally created for the Hong Kong City Festival, Piano Battle has been performed for sold-out audiences in Europe, the United States and Asia—including an open-air spectacle before 6,000 fans in Taiwan. All audience members are invited to vote on the pianists’ performances with one of the musicians eventually being crowned the winner. Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two renowned pianists, Piano Battle is a one-of-a-kind concert experience of comedic charm and artistic brilliance.

“Classical music should be fun. And this is something these two men convey for two hours more playfully than anyone who tried before.”

– Münchner Abendzeitung, Germany

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In the event this performance is postponed, all tickets issued, including those booked as part of a 2020–21 season, series or Create Your Own subscription package, will be valid for admission to the rescheduled engagement. Patrons will be promptly alerted to any schedule changes should they occur.

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