Tonight on Classical MPR, the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo make their debut at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona. Julie Amacher hosts this live broadcast, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to their energetic live performances, their non-stop touring schedule, and their participation in world-class events (most recently, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas), The Anderson and Roe Piano Duo (Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe) are known for their wildly creative music videos. People first started to pay attention to what this talented pair did onscreen when they celebrated the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" in 2013 with a unique two-piano arrangement of the masterpiece.
"How best to channel Stravinsky's wild emotions and radical musical swings?," they thought. Well, how about setting a piano on fire? How about taking one into the ocean … and drowning it? There's more, too, and the Duo just recently released a video of the whole series, along with behind-the-scenes commentary.
To give you a taste of Anderson and Roe's on-screen creativity, here's the first part of the duo's 10-part video of "The Rite of Spring":
From "The Rite of Spring" to Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself to Dance" — "Who cares what the music is and who wrote it, as long as it's good?" the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo say. Their most recent music video takes "Lose Yourself to Dance" into a roller-skating rink with flashing lights and headbands and jackets and all. There are lights and — yes, dancing — and some incredible piano playing from these friends, who say that, yes, they DO have an idea for their next music video … but they're not quite ready to share it.
Listen to the live broadcast of the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo in concert at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival on Thursday, July 13, starting at 7:30 p.m., on Classical MPR. Julie Amacher hosts.
Concert ProgramBeethoven: Mov. 5, from Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68
Adams: Hallelujah Junction
Bach: Sonatina from Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
Lennon/McCartney: Let It Be
Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña, Oblivion, Libertango
Gluck: Ballet from Orphée et Eurydice
Ravel: La Valse