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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


 WELLSBORO—Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m., Pat Davis and Dave Knauss, talented musicians, will challenge each other as they perform on pianos at the Coolidge Theatre for Hamilton-Gibson Productions Third Annual Dueling Pianos. The theatre is located at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, pianist Mike Watkins will not be available to perform at Dueling Pianos. Hamilton-Gibson is working on finding a replacement for the Aug. 28 performance.

Dueling Pianos is an informal, fun event, not black tie and tails.

The pianists do not rehearse in advance. Nothing is pre-planned. One pianist will pick a tune and begin playing or make a suggestion and the others will join in. The audience will get to hear all styles of music and on-the-spot improvisations and get to pick some of the songs.

"I actually love the challenge of trying to play something a few seconds before I didn't know I was going to play it, and in a key that one of the pianists suggests," Davis said. "It is also pretty frightening, wondering if I'll be able to do it, on the spot, without written music in front of me, while an audience is looking on and wondering what I'll come up with. Lots of pressure when we don't discuss what we're going to do, meet beforehand, or practice ahead of time. It's also fun when we can play something together that someone in the audience has requested. It all has to come out of our heads in the moment."

Admission is Pay What You Can. Reservations are recommended for this popular event. For more information or to make reservations, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email

Pat Davis (shown) is one of the dueling pianists. She knows all about improvisation and having fun at a piano. Of that there is no doubt.

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