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18 Pianos, 18 Pianists, 17 Artists, 1,584 Keys Set for Kretzer Piano's KEYS TO THE CITIES Kick-Off, 11/1

Related: Keys to the Cities, Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, Waterfront Lake Pavilion

18 Pianos, 18 Pianists, 17 Artists, 1,584 Keys Set for Kretzer Piano's KEYS TO THE CITIES Kick-Off, 11/1

After six long months of colorful creativity, a unique collaboration of sight and sound will be unveiled at last - so let the eye-dazzling and ear-pleasing harmonies begin.

Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, today announced that the much-anticipated KEYS TO THE CITIES Kick-Off Party will be held on Friday, November 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Waterfront Lake Pavilion in downtown West Palm Beach.

At the fun-filled event, the Foundation will unveil 18 different baby grand and upright pianos, all of which have been whimsically designed, each with its own unique theme, by 17 extraordinary local artists.

A piano owned by the late baseball great Gary Carter has been redone by artist Frank Navarrete in all too fitting Mets motif and dubbed "The Kid." Artist Sharon Koskoffhas reimagined a jazzy-style Grand that she is calling "Knockin' at Heaven's Door," while Nadia Utto's piano has an intergalactic look that would float perfectly through the new Sandra Bullock flick, Gravity.

The art students at Watson B. Duncan Middle School and their teacher Courtney Hess have produced a funky "Zentangle Piano," artist Julie Beaumont's Spinet has a recognizable theme of Florida Wildlife, and Eduardo Mendieta's Console now sports a child's face and is titled, "Overlook."

Additional piano-painting artists include Liz Brice, Caron Bowman, Karen Chandler, Joseph Dzwill, Silvana Frontera, Carla Golembe, Emmanuel Gonzales, Eric Kucera, Holly Rutchey, Alicia Stamm and Amanda Turner, whose colorful creations run the visual gamut from traditional beauty to wildly offbeat.

The official unveiling on November 1 will also include an unforgettable performance by a one-time-only 18 Piano Orchestra with 18 distinguished pianists all playing together: Dr. Robin Arrigo, Ruo Balko, Sandra Baran, Shawn Berry, Jerry Crank, Susan Dahlberg, Copeland Davis, Terrence Dwarika, Jan Fulford, Linda Johnson, Pat Johnson, Linda Jordan, Kathi Kretzer, Monte Lambert, Laurie McDonald, Betsy McHugh, Janet Owens and Michael Yanette.

Tickets to attend are $100 each, and can be purchased by calling Kretzer Piano Music Foundation at 561.748.0036. The festive event will include Keys To The Cities Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to meet and mingle with the artists, the pianists and other music-loving supporters.

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