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Piano on the Rocks International Festival celebrates 'The Divine'

Myths, Magic and Mysteries through music and literature

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, artistic director of will present the third Piano on the Rocks International Festival April 13-15th in Sedona.

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, artistic director of will present the third Piano on the Rocks International Festival April 13-15th in Sedona.


Originally Published: April 9, 2018 9:26 a.m.

From the Sylphs to the Undines, from the Gnomes to Saint Francis of Assisi and from the beautiful Hebrew prayer of Avinu to Franz Liszt’s masterpiece “Benediction of God in Solitude”, Piano on the Rocks International Festival opens a path to the Divine.

The festival will take place on April 13-15 in Sedona. Concert information is as follows: Friday 13, 5:00 p.m. at the Church of the Red Rocks. The Church of the Red Rocks is located at 54 Bowstring Drive in Sedona. Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, both performances at 3:00 at the Sedona United Methodist Church. Performances are $20. Sedona United Methodist Church is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road.

The Festival was created on the initiative of Duo MusicAleph, with French-born pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo and narrator Elizabeth Peña who share a common passion for music, Literature, poetry and for the City of Sedona.

The Festival brings top international artists and competition winners to Sedona. It explores the interconnection between solo piano literature, storytelling and literature. Its mission is to create a fusion of music and literature, to offers musical performances of the highest quality that are accessible to and enjoyable by all, and to build bridges across diverse cultures.

Of special interest will be the opportunity for our audience to hear a variety of pieces which are rarely played for solo piano, two pianos, and several hands as the “Vision of the Amen” by Olivier Messiaen, L’embarquement pour Cythère by Francis Poulenc, the monumental Liszt Sonata and celestial music by Andrea Clearfield.

Piano on the Rocks International Festival will present masterpieces by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Messiaen, Erdely-Sayo, Clearfield and others surprises.

The Festival will open at the Church of the Red Rocks under a beautiful sunset. The subsequent two concerts will be held at the Sedona United Methodist Church.