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12-5-17  It was a pleasure to play for the Corporate Holiday Luncheon at Cub Headquarters last week. I have thoroughly enjoyed providing my music for all of their Grand Reopening events around the Twin Cities this past fall. They are just the very best to work with!


12-8-17   What fun it has been to provide Holiday Music on several occasions this season for guests at the Treasure Island Resort! I will be back there again on Christmas Eve from 4:00–6:00 PM.


3-26-17

It was a very enjoyable day at the Eagan Community Center Wedding Expo on Sunday. I had the opportunity to meet with many of the couples who are planning to be married soon. The Eagan Community Center is a beautiful venue for wedding celebrations. Lori Stefanko and her staff do an incredible job! I arrived very early in the morning to set up my area and then returned later to play for four hours. Along with meeting bridal couples, my other favorite part of providing piano music at wedding expos is the opportunity to meet with other wedding professionals like myself.

Semple Mansion

6-25-16

The Semple Mansion in Minneapolis was the perfect venue and ambience for Stephanie and Brady’s wedding. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful wedding. I played the theme from “Downton Abbey” as Stephanie processed down the stairs. There was not a dry eye in the house. The cocktail hour that followed was very lively and spirited. The guests really enjoyed the selections that I played and they joined right in.

 

6-18-16

It was a joy to to play for Steve and Molly's cocktail hour today at the Calhoun Beach Club. What a lovely couple! I was so honored to be their pianist.

Calhoun Beach Club

5-27-16

I’m putting the final touches on my playlist for tomorrow night’s wedding reception. It will be an awesome three hours of my solo piano music with headliners like Whitney Houston, Elton John, Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael, Joe Cocker, and great jazz standards and hits from the 40s, 50s, 60, 70s, and 80s plus jazzy versions from the best of Broadway...and lot, lots more!

4-9-16

What fun it was to play for Lois’s 90th birthday party on Saturday! I promised her that I would come back and play for her 100th. She promised me that she would call.Then it was off to Brittany and Nicholas’s wedding cocktail hour and reception at the Minneapolis Golf Club. The bride has asked me to surprise her new hubby with the theme from Star Wars as they entered the room. I ended up playing it four times for him.

1-4-16

This past weekend, I played for two three-hour performances at the Mall Of America’s beautiful North Atrium. The plaza was filled both days with exuberant shoppers and visitors, many of whom responded with positive feedback and enthusiastic applause. I performed standards, pop, easy listening, jazz, blues and show tunes along with some holiday music. It was like giving a private concert and it was very well received by the many folks who stopped to listen and to take pictures and videos. The Chickering grand piano on site provided excellent tone which filled the venue with lively sparkling keyboard sounds. It was indeed a lovely way to start off 2016.

Fred Yacono

Fred Yacono

12-24-15

This year marks the fifth year that I have been invited to play for the Eagle Brook Church annual Christmas week celebration. Four days before Christmas and including Christmas Eve, I play a variety of Christmas songs between the three services held on each of those days. It is a delight to reconnect with old friends as well as make new ones each year for this outstanding celebration of the Christmastide. Fond wishes go out to the pastors, staff and congregation for a blessed, healthy, and prosperous 2016.

12-23-15

Mark your calendar! I will be kicking off the New Year by providing live piano music at the Mall of America in the newly-renovated atrium space at the central north entrance (the one closest to Ikea) on Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd from 12:00-3:00 PM each day.

If you are out and about, stop by the rotunda to say “Hi” and let me entertain you while you give your feet a rest. I love playing for all of the shoppers and passersby.

12-19-15

Congratulations to Jane and Joe! What a privilege it was to be the pianist for their wedding and cocktail hour at the elegant Carlson Towers Rotunda in Minnetonka. I had so much fun working with this great couple right from the start of the planning stage.

Carlson Towers Rotunda

Butler Square

Butler Square

12-16-15

Today, I played for a lovely holiday celebration at Butler Square in Minneapolis for all of the tenants, a total of about 750 people. I set up my piano in the atrium, which was beautifully decorated. Everyone there was so kind and helpful. All of the guests had a great time with lots of yummy food, friends, laughter and my Christmas music.

The corporate holiday events I played for during this past week were so much fun!

The Minneapolis Club was the setting for a grand Victorian Christmas. What an elegant evening it was with all of the carolers and guests dressed in Victorian attire. Their piano is a beautiful instrument and I really enjoy performing there.

Later in the week, I was in Chanhassen to play for a fabulous corporate Christmas Party. It was a casino night with a “Rat Pack” music theme. I performed lots of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin music. Frank and Dean even showed up...in life-sized cardboard form! I had a great time playing for this fun-filled, classy event.

12-7-15

The rest of December will be a blur for me, starting now. From this point on, I am booked almost every day up and through Christmas Eve for holiday parties, celebrations and weddings! The best part will be meeting a lot of new people who appreciate piano music!

11-28-15

Congratulations to Adam and Chelsea on their wedding this past weekend. The sunny November weather couldn’t have been more perfect for their special day! I was happy to have been selected to be the pianist for their wedding followed by a fun cocktail hour and beautiful reception dinner at the Crow Wing Winery in Hutchinson.

Crow Wing Winery

Original composition from 2007

Shortly after I moved to Minnesota in 2006, my wife and I were shopping for a new piano at Schmitt Music. While I was test driving a new Yamaha clavinova, the store manager recorded this song on a flash drive, just as I was composing it right on the spot, which was the very first time I had ever played it.

Later that same year, I refined and scored the piece, added lyrics and a vocalist, and submitted it to the “American Idol” songwriter’s contest to be used for that season’s “Idol” winner. I didn’t win the contest, but sure had a lot of fun trying out for it. The name of my song is “To the Place Where We Belong”, a fitting title for a winner.

9-28-15

As I was leaving the Mayo Clinic after a recent visit, I spotted a Steinway piano in one of the lounge areas. It had been donated by a grateful patient for guests to enjoy. Of course, I can’t pass up an opportunity to tickle the ivories on one of these beautiful instruments. A large crowd gathered as I played and they gave me a standing ovation after I finished. Here are just a couple of the songs they requested.

9-12-15

Congratulations to Natalie and Aaron who had a gorgeous day for their wedding on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. I had the privilege of playing for their wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception dinner. Their storybook day began and ended on the edge of the lake where I had one piano station set up for the wedding ceremony and then again later for their dinner. The cocktail hour was held on the pavilion where I placed my second piano station.

The end of dinner was followed by a solemn and lovely unity candlelight ceremony for which I played improvisational background music. This was followed by a beautiful fireworks display. The evening ended as the bride and groom, family and guests boarded for a cruise on the lake. A perfect ending to a perfect day!

Lake Minnetonka

9-4-15

This past month of August was one of the busiest of my career with all three days of every weekend booked solid! Wedding bells rang for 13 couples, the most weddings I have ever played for in a single month. It is a joy to provide my music for all of the brides and grooms as they begin their married life!

In this video, I am playing a song composed by my wife, Terry, as I am waiting to begin the prelude for a recent wedding.


8-1-15

Congratulations to Mary and Matthew on their wedding. I was delighted to be their pianist at the University Club in St. Paul where I played to a very active and appreciative gathering. It was very rewarding to provide the music for this lovely couple's reception.They were very pleased with my music.

University Club

Queen of Excelsior II

7-25-15

Happy Wedding Day to Dan and Jo! It was a perfect cruise on Lake Minnetonka’s Queen of Excelsior II with so many wonderful folks and it was so much fun! My music was very well-received by the couple and all of their guests.

7-18-15

Here are some excerpts from just a few of the many songs that I played during a recent wedding prelude at Woodbury Central Park. The ceremony highlight was the bride’s special request for the song “Forever” by Kari Jobe.

Fred Yacono

7-16-15

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of providing piano music for an elegant Red Carpet Gala Event at the Prophetic Art Workshop in Brooklyn Park. Dancers, musicians and actors came from as far away as Los Angeles and Alabama to celebrate the Christian Arts. I was very honored to be chosen as the pianist for this Red Carpet Premier - it was just like being at the Oscars!

7-10-15

It’s hard to think about Christmas holiday parties when it’s this warm in July. Requests for my music for corporate holiday events, weddings and private parties are starting to pour in.

7-6-15

I’m looking forward to playing for the Red Carpet Gala event on Thursday evening. They will be “Putting on the Ritz” for this fabulous event!  I can’t wait!! The stars are going to shine!

Christmas

Bigelow Chapel

6-15-15

This past weekend, I played for the beautiful wedding ceremony of Ed and Courtney at the Bigelow Chapel. I was happy to be their pianist!  All of the music preparation up to and including the rehearsal and wedding ceremony was very enjoyable, as this couple knew exactly what they wanted from start to finish. They were a pleasure to work with! I had the opportunity to become acquainted with both the bride and groom’s parents, which was a delight.

I’ve played for weddings in this venue numerous times; however, the warm and sunny spring day with the lush greenery outside the chapel, combined with the beautiful modern architecture and the superb acoustics, highlighted Ed and Courtney’s special day.

5-21-15

Last night, I had a great meeting with a delightful bride and groom who are getting married later this summer. The groom is a helicopter pilot. He suggested that we could go together from the ceremony to the reception in his chopper. That would not work because I have to be there already when they arrive! That was a fun idea while it lasted.

5-10-15

This was the fourth year that I have been invited back to play for the annual Mother's Day Brunch at the Bayview Event Center on Lake Minnetonka. This year was especially eventful for me because I had the chance to become reaquainted with several of the guests who had heard me play at the Bayview in past years and had hired me to play for their own private parties and events. Great seeing old friends again!

Fred Yacono

Fred Yacono

5-9-15

What a joy it was to play for the annual Mother's Day Luncheon and Tea at the Masonic Home in Bloomington. The tea was arranged in two sections in order to accommodate all of the invited guests. I played from a wide variety of pieces in the standard classical and popular literature. I received several thank you e-mails and letters in the days that followed.

5-1-15

Spring has sprung and love is in the air! Meeting with engaged couples to help them plan the music for their entire wedding celebration is one of best parts of my job as a pianist! I am currently working with 21 couples who will be tying the knot this year. My greatest joy comes in the long-lasting friendships that are built during this process.  

4-5-15

Easter Sunday Brunch at the Mendakota Country Club was a springtime thrill, as always, with the diners all dressed up in their Easter finery. I played from 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM to the delight of the club's membership and guests. My stylistic piano renditions and the extraordinary Mendakota fare combined to provide a unique and refreshing entrance into spring. A true Easter parade!

4-1-15

On my trip to Mayo Clinic this week, I was invited to play the beautiful Bosendorfer piano which is in the lobby of the clinic. Bosendorfer is the most expensive piano in the world and a very grateful patient donated one to Mayo for the pure enjoyment of its visitors. It is believed that music plays a great part in healing.

This was only the third time that I have had the privilege of playing one of these gorgeous instruments. I received a thunderous applause from the folks that gathered to hear me play. What a pleasure to have this opportunity!

Fred Yacono


3-27-15

Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, the composer of this work, was my composition professor when I was a graduate student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He was a great instructor and the source of much inspiration. Dr Jenkins was also a very gifted composer. Years later, we met at the Armed Forces School of Music, Norfolk Naval Base. We were both involved in a weekend long instrumental symposium. He was one of the guest conductors. It was great to spend real quality time with my mentor and friend.

I just found out that Dr. Jenkins passed away last year...

If you would like to hear the American Overture for Band performed by The University of Southern Mississippi Symphonic Winds and conducted by Dr. Mohamad Schuman, click on this video.

1-11-15

It was lots of fun watching all of the excited brides with their mothers and friends at the Saint Cloud Wedding Expo on Sunday. Over 115 vendors from across Minnesota came to the River's Edge Convention Center in Saint Cloud where they presented an eye-catching display of spectacular wedding products and services in a very entertaining atmosphere. I loved being the pianist for this event where I provided five hours of live music. I thought that I had brought enough business cards with me but I ran out before the event was over. I hope that I have the pleasure of playing for the weddings of some these delightful ladies who loved the music!

Saint Cloud Wedding Expo

Gilded Age Mansion of James J. Hill

12-8-14

The Gilded Age Mansion of James J. Hill in St. Paul is a awesome venue at any time of year, especially at Christmas time!

The Steinway piano that I played last night provided beautiful background music for a corporate Christmas party at this National Historic Landmark on Summit Avenue.

You can almost imagine the bustling excitement of the servants as they prepared the Hill family home for turn-of-the-century Christmas holidays. 

12-7-14

Since the beginning of September, I have had a total of 27 gigs! That has kept me so busy and preoccupied that I have not taken the time to keep this page up to date. I am going to do a better job of that in 2015. I promise!!

Last evening, I had the pleasure of performing for a corporate event at the Ordway Music Theatre in downtown St. Paul for a very lively crowd who really enjoyed the music.The whole historic atmosphere surrounding the theatre and Rice Park was very festive, lending to the nostalgia and romance of yesteryear. 

The scenery is breathtaking! 

Ordway Music Theatre

Ordway Music Theatre

Three Meadows Estate

Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnsePnHxhBM and take a look at this palatial property.

I can’t wait to join in the festivities and provide my music to all of the guests!

8-24-14

Last week, I was hired by a talent company in Dallas, Texas to provide piano music entertainment for the auction of a breathtaking estate on Tuesday morning, August 26th in Mendota Heights, MN.

Three Meadows Estate is a 12,000 square foot home set on five acres. It features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and is spread across three meadows with lots of wooded views.

Other rooms include a library, family room, theatre room, wine tasting room, wine cellar, exercise room, billiards room, gymnasium and a second kitchen. It also transforms into a swimmers' lounge with the sliding glass doors. The outdoor space is anchored by a heated pool with a water feature and color fiber lights, with a sun deck and a paver brick patio surrounding. In the park-like landscaping, an outdoor dining area and fire pit continue the entertaining opportunities.

J. P. King Auction Company specializes in high-value properties such as luxury homes, resort properties and ranches. The company has marketed properties in all 50 states and six countries.

7-20-14 

This weekend was another double header for weddings. On Saturday afternoon, I played at the beautiful Bigelow Chapel on the  campus of the United Theological Seminary in New Brighton. The wedding ceremony was truly lovely as Jennina and Shane were united in holy matrimony. I started out with the contemporary version of "Here Comes the Bride" by Jonathan Cain and highlighted the ceremony with a number of beautiful pieces selected by the bride and groom. Jennina and Shane are a handsome couple! It was so much fun working with Jennina in selecting the music a couple of weeks earlier.

Bigelow Chapel

Sunday was a gorgeous day for a wedding at the University Club in St. Paul as Olga and Kurt exchanged their vows. After the ceremony, I played many classical and operatic selections which the couple requested. I accompanied Olga, a trained operatic mezzo soprano, with arias by Puccini, Bizet and others during dinner. The high point of this dinner concert was when Olga and Kurt, also a trained vocalist, sang "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera to one another as I accompanied them. Talk about getting goosebumps!.This was one of the most delightful weddings I have ever played for. The family and guests were truly some of the nicest, warmest people I have ever met.

7-10-14

My friends, family and clients have been after me to update my blog page which I haven’t done for several months. This has been my very busiest year to date and with so many weddings, meetings and events, I became negligent with keeping my page current. I think I could use a clone sometimes.

Last Saturday was another double-header. I had the honor and privilege of providing piano music in the early afternoon at the Mall of America in Nordstrom’s Court for the Disabled American Veterans “Forget Me Not Drive”.

Then it was off to downtown Minneapolis for Julie and Jeff’s wedding ceremony at Solera. The musical selections they chose were beautiful and the event and venue were most impressive!

The DAV of Minnesota is dedicated to one clear mission – to better the lives of Minnesota’s disabled veterans and their families. These men and women must struggle to regain health, reshape lives transformed by disability, learn new trades or professions, and rejoin the civilian world. The Minneapolis Chapter is the oldest and largest, with almost 4,000 members, in the state, chartered in 1922. Hats off to all of the men and women who served us and gave so much of themselves for the freedom that we enjoy today.

Disabled American Veterans

Plummer House

4-5-14

Recently, I received a call from Matt in London, requesting that I play for a surprise 75th birthday party for his mother, Gloria, who lives in Rochester. The special event took place yesterday. Someone let the cat out of the bag, so it ended up not being a surprise, but it was a fabulous celebration. The piano at the Plummer House is a digital Kurzweil baby grand, which I’ve played before. It’s an amazing instrument. Gloria was very appreciative of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s music that I played, just for her. I added in some of her light classical and pop requests as well. Her friends and family were very gracious and appreciative. I was a great pleasure to play for this happy event! Thank you, Matt.

3-30-14

It was another very busy triple-header this past weekend! On Friday evening, I had the honor of providing piano music for a big fundraiser for Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley.

On Saturday, violinist Nathan Wilson, cellist Lars Krogstad, and tenor Eric Bennett and I provided wedding music for Andrew and Jenny as they exchanged their vows in Nazareth Chapel on the Northwestern University campus in Roseville. It was a perfectly beautiful day. Afterwards, Nathan, Lars, and I played for the cocktail hour at the beautiful Midland Country Club. In my opinion, these guys are among the best in the business!

I enjoyed doing the arranging for all of the songs and selections for piano, violin and cello for both of the day’s events.

Then on Sunday, I played for the “Engaged!” Bridal Show at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud for the Central Minnesota Brides Association. It was a very elegant affair with lots of future brides in attendance. The photographer took plenty of videos which I will share here soon.

Kantorei Gala and Fundraiser

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Kantorei Gala and Fundraiser

2-20-14 

On Saturday, February 8th, I performed for the Kantorei Gala and Fundraiser, sponsored by the Kantorei Chamber Chorale Society of Minnesota. The gala was held at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul. This chorale ensemble is one of the finest in the country, if not the world. For cocktails and dinner, I played from my vast repertoire of works, both classical and popular and my renditions were greatly appreciated by all. What sheer joy and fulfillment to play for one's peers, knowing that their ears are finely and professionally tuned to each note, each harmony, and each phrase that you play. What a unique challenge to play for the pros and a sense of personal accomplishment as you see them smile and nod their heads in approval. It was a thrill to hear their words of praise. At the close of the evening, and after a stunning mini-performance by the Kantorei Chamber singers, I was acknowledged by the spokesperson and by the conductor as I received an enthusiastic and rousing ovation. Bravo, Kantorei!

1-15-14

Not even snowy nights can keep the brides and their fiancés from coming out to plan the music for their weddings. My spring and summer calendar is filling up quickly...and it's only mid-January!

1-5-14

Although the Arctic Express made it one of the coldest nights of the year, Elizabeth and Russ warmed the hearts of their family and friends with one of the most beautiful and fun weddings I have ever played for. The Historic Courthouse in Stillwater was turned into a gorgeous wedding venue for this fabulous one-of-a-kind celebration!

Historic Courthouse in Stillwater


12-24-2013  

Every day in December has been unique! This month continues to be filled with many varied playing events, ranging from private Christmas parties, anniversary parties and corporate events. For the past four days, I finished a very busy holiday season by providing piano entertainment for a Christmas program at a very large church in the metro area. This was my third year with them. Playing for them is both artistically and professionally rewarding. The best part is getting to know the great members and their families and guests who attend each year.

12-1-13

I haven’t been good about keeping up with my blog this past month or so but business has been excellent and December promises to be another month full of holiday parties, weddings and several concerts. I’m looking forward to tonight’s 50th wedding anniversary party for Vicki and her husband in Eden Prairie. It is an honor and a delight to provide awesome music for their celebration!

Golden Valley Historic Church

10-12-13

The Golden Valley Historic Church was the venue for last Saturday’s wedding.  Jo-Anne and Tom were a handsome couple as they exchanged their vows in the small but quaint surroundings of this landmark church. Their ceremony and exchange of vows was very beautiful and I took great joy in providing varied selections of their favorite classical music.

9-30-13

I love receiving cards and letters from my happy clients with such positive comments. That makes my job so very enjoyable. It’s going to be a fun and very busy fall season. Every weekend in October is completely booked!

9-27-13

Over the past several weeks, I arranged 37 pieces for a piano trio (piano, violin and cello) in preparation for Alea and Owen’s wedding and cocktail hour at the historic James J. Hill Library in St. Paul. In addition, I played solo piano for the 3½ hour dinner and reception that followed. The library’s old world ambiance provided additional luster and charm to this already signature occasion.

James J. Hill Library

9-10-13

Last night, I played for the reunion of the United States Constabulary Association, a great bunch of guys who were part of the U.S. Army’s Force of Occupation in post-World War II Germany. The term “rock” is used overused these days and often by those who have no concept of what it really means to “rock”. But the men of the United States Constabulary Association? These guys “rock” for real! In spite of their advanced years, I believe that each and every one of them would march off to do battle again today with those who challenge our liberty and our freedom. These vets are the personification of brave warriors and true American patriots.

It was both an honor and a privilege for me to play a wide variety of songs from World War II and post-World War II. Those strains put a bright smile on the faces of each every one of these great men of valor. I played for them with great pride in my heart, knowing that it was their sacrifice and sufferings which allow me and all of us to do the things we cherish most in this great land of the free and home of the brave. I thank them for their service, knowing that these men and their fallen comrades are the true Hall of Famers of our American culture!

Fred Yacono

9-7-13

Today was a triple header in weddings. The first was a church ceremony in Chanhassen, a beautiful service with a fine cantor. Then it was off to White Bear Lake for an outdoor garden wedding. Great rustic scenery with a gorgeous waterfall and adjoining pool! My cellist, Lars, and I performed the entire ceremony and cocktail hour. Immediately following, I was off to the 340 Hotel in downtown St. Paul. There I played for a cocktail hour and entire reception dinner. What a great feeling it is to bring so much joy to so many people through my music on such special occasions!

9-5-13

Wedding bells are ringing!! It will be a very busy weekend with ceremonies back-to-back. I had a great rehearsal today with a cellist who is phenomenal. Tonight, I am meeting with another bride and groom to plan the music for their wedding. They heard me play at the Legends Golf Club in July and decided that evening to have me play for their wedding and reception. I love consulting together with all of the delightful young people and we always have a lot of fun getting ready for their big day. I love my job!

8-15-13

I am pretty pumped about my new CD! I picked up the gold master on Tuesday and am very pleased with the results. Next week, I will be working with the designers for the new packaging. After that, it goes to print and duplication. Hopefully, it will be ready for distribution in a couple of weeks.

8-10-13

Jenny and John were indeed a class act as they took center stage on Saturday for their wedding at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. It was a very touching moment when I played “Sunrise, Sunset” as Jenny’s father walked her down the aisle. For an instant, time stood still for father and daughter.

7-27-13 

As the videographer is recording from outdoors, violinist Nathan Wilson and I are playing my original composition called "Eclipse" in this last minute rehearsal before we began to play for the wedding prelude on Saturday.

We hope that you enjoy it!

Villa Bellezza Winery

7-27-14

Not even the rain could dampen the spirit at last Saturday’s beautiful wedding at the brand new Villa Bellezza Winery in Pepin, Wisconsin. It was like being in the heart of Italy. It sprinkled rain off and on all day and just as the bride was preparing to walk down the aisle in a gorgeous outside setting in the vineyard, it began to pour. The staff was outstanding! As the guests rushed into the banquet hall to be seated, the staff moved into action. In just a few minutes, the room, which was set for dinner, was transformed into a lovely setting for a wedding, trellis and all. Everyone pitched in and it was perfect. The two violinists and I didn’t have to worry about our equipment because it was safe. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as the bride’s brother, who is a professional singer, sang “The Prayer” as we provided the music. It’s times like this that I feel privileged to be such a part of a bride and groom’s special day.

7-25-13

The prospective brides and grooms and their families that come to my studio for consultation are a great joy to work with! We plan together to bring their ideas and dreams to fruition and have a great time doing so. With almost two dozen weddings scheduled between now and November, it is going to be a very busy few months. This Saturday, I will be playing at a wedding with two very accomplished violinists and an amazing vocalist. Our rehearsal with them this past week was lots of fun. The bride came to the rehearsal at my studio to hear the beautiful music that will be played for her wedding. The outdoor wedding will be at the beautiful Villa Bellezza winery amid the Wisconsin bluffs. It should be an awesome day for the bride and groom!

7/20/13

On Thursday of this week, I gave the most powerful performance of my lifetime. But it’s not what you might think.

I had been invited to play piano for an hour for an audience of elderly folks at a very nice nursing home in the southern suburbs. As the patients were brought into the room to listen to me play, some were bent over in wheelchairs and unable to talk. Others seemed completely unaware of their surroundings. I was informed by the staff that these dear people were suffering from different stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

After visiting with the ladies and gentlemen, I began to play and perform lots of songs that were from the era when they were young. Then, something happened that I have never experienced before. Prior to coming to the care center, I had said a prayer asking God to bless my time with these folks. Then, as I was playing, I felt the Hand of God take over my hands and I played like I have never played before...ever. As I played songs, some of which I have never played before, my audience came alive. Soon they were clapping and singing. Some even stood up to dance.

I have played piano since the age of six or seven and studied music under the best mentors in both undergrad and grad school. I have spent almost 50 years as a music teacher, band director, composer, orchestra conductor, and performer in every kind of venue all over the country. But, never have I experienced such a phenomenon.

I was part of a miracle yesterday. I witnessed heavenly music healing the human soul and spirit. Music glorifies God and can transcend what the ravages of time and illness have taken away.

I am blessed.

6-2-13

It has been a very busy fun week filled with gigs of every kind – three weddings, two receptions, birthday and graduation parties, private piano students, and several meetings with brides. More weddings and events are scheduled for this week and I’m having a ball. Even though spring finally arrived, folks are now booking into the fall and winter. Right now, I can’t even think about Christmas!

5-25-13

Max was handsome in his military uniform, and Becky was his beautiful bride, as they exchanged their vows in an outdoor ceremony. Despite the cloudy day and the chill in the air, not a drop of rain fell upon the tent or my piano! Laughter and joy was everywhere.

5-18-13

Wow! June is bustin’ out all over! While I was meeting with a bride and groom in my studio this morning, I received three phone calls with requests to play for a wedding, a graduation party and a 50th birthday party. When it rains, it pours, but that helps to make up for days when the phone doesn’t ring

5-13-13

Lake Minnetonka was a beautiful venue for yesterday’s Mother’s Day Brunch. What a pleasure it was to provide my music for hundreds of appreciative guests who enjoyed this classy event. The Bayview Event Center does a fabulous job and the staff is outstanding! I loved the opportunity to play there once again.

5-5-13

It has been a good and very busy week! I had two great gigs, met with several brides, spent time in the studio putting the final touches on the CD, and attended a fun mixer for brides. But the best thing that happened all week was finding my missing wallet this morning!


4-26-13

I spent time recording in the studio today. Most of the tracks are ready and we are very pleased with the results. Lots of new music will be on the new CD and on this website soon. The next step will be mixing and equalizing. Once that is completed, mastering will be the final step before the CDs are printed. The Yamaha piano in the studio is one of the most amazing pianos that I have ever played!

Fred Yacono

4-21-13

It was a wonderful experience playing for the 60th birthday party that Susan gave her husband last night. I played non-stop for 3 1/2 hours which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The comments by my hosts and their guests were very complimentary and personally gratifying. All in all, a great night and a great gig.

3-31-13

Easter Sunday was a beautiful day! I enjoyed playing for five straight hours for an Easter buffet for about 600 people. The shows of appreciation were great. I brought a lot of business cards with me and ran out after the first hour! I can’t wait to hear from all of the folks who asked for one.

3-27-13

I'm back in the studio again to record all new songs. Yesterday, we laid down 10 tracks. They turned out perfectly...but then the sound engineer was mortified to discover that 6 of the tracks were blank. It was only the second time in his long career that had ever happened. Faulty cable. Wouldn't you know that it had to be me. I should have that kind of luck with the lottery!

3-17-13

It was a very fulfilling experience playing for Dan and his family during the 3-hour memorial event in memory of their husband and father, Jim. I was honored and privileged to provide music for the celebration of his life.

3-11-13

Over the last few months, I have been occupied with writing a string quartet. The sketches are almost finished! Next comes the scoring of it for the appropriate strings. This should be fun as I have never written a string quartet. When finished, I'll assign it to virtual instruments on Finale/Garritan in the computer before giving it to my musician friends to perform in real time.

2-22-13

Congratulations to Adam and Gayle! Your wedding was beautiful. I was pleased to be a part of your special day and provide the music for your ceremony.

2-15-13

Last night's Valentine's Day performance at the country club reminded me of the old days playing the New York nightclubs. Who doesn't love an appreciative audience? Music transcends the ages and touches everyone's heart. Every day, I give honor, glory and thanks to my Creator for His generosity in this gift of music and the ability to bring joy to others.

1/31/13

After a whirlwind December (9 gigs in 14 days) I was ready to sit back and rest for awhile. Well, rest time is over because there are lots of weddings, parties and other special events to prepare for. February is quickly filling up with meetings with brides and grooms and lots of other exciting events. I love helping the engaged couples prepare the music for their special day. Thinking about all of the upcoming spring events helps me to remember that this deep freeze won't last forever!

12/31/12

It's been a great year for Pianist for Events! Throughout 2012, I have established some wonderful relationships with terrific clients! It has been a joy and a pleasure to provide my music to appreciative audiences. Each event that I have played for has offered its own unique rewards and the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. The month of December was quite hectic, ending with a total of 9 gigs in a 14 day period, ranging from Christmas and holiday parties, theatre performances, plus a few weddings. I am looking forward to a bright and eventful new year in 2013!