Davis Piano Quartet to perform in Demopolis

By Judy Etheridge

The Davis Piano Quartet will be in concert on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium.

Tickets will be general admission only with reserved seating for TRAC (Two Rivers Arts Council) members. Adult tickets are $10 while student tickets are $5.

There will be an artists’ reception immediately following the concert.

Four pianists having an extravagant amount of fun at two pianos, the Davis Piano Quartet is a fresh new group performing a mix of original works and transcriptions for this unusual ensemble.

The Davis Piano Quartet presents concert programs of the best of the eight-hand repertoire, much of it searched out from music libraries and other sources all over the world. The visual aspect of four pianists playing over and under each other at two keyboards is in itself entertaining and educational.

The Davis Piano Quartet members credit much of their success as an ensemble to the fact that they share a common musical education background. All are products of the University of Montevallo’s highly-regarded music department. The Quartet is named for the late Dr. Maxine Couch Davis, Professor Emerita of Music at Montevallo.

While at Montevallo they all studied with the acclaimed duo-piano team of Yarbrough and Cowan, and had the unusual advantage of in-depth exposure to and study of the specialized art of piano ensemble playing.

The group has also worked with the distinguished teacher, pianist and author, Lucien Stark.

The group consists of Beulah Askins Fowler, Cheryl Kiker Walls, Carolyn Duncan and Sandra Boykin Nelson. The group performed to sellout crowds at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2011. Audiences are guaranteed a performance unlike any heard before.