PREVIEW: Concert gives two pianists chance to perform together

By Peter Tonguette / For the Columbus Dispatch

“Pianists Di Wu and Spencer Myer met at a piano competition about 10 years ago.

The two musicians — who both live in New York City — became friends, but they never had the chance to perform together. Relatively few classical pieces call for two pianos.

“There’s a Mozart concerto and there’s a Poulenc concerto and a couple others,” said Myer, a 38-year-old native of North Ridgeville in Lorain County. “It’s rare to hear that combination, especially with orchestra.”

Practical considerations also contribute to the scarcity of such repertoire.

“To bring two pianos in is not the easiest thing in the world,” said Wu, 32, who grew up in Xiamen, China.

This weekend in the Southern Theatre, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will present a work famous for requiring the presence of a pair of pianos: French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ 1886 work “The Carnival of the Animals.””

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