Emmy-Nominated, Julliard-Trained Piano Duo Comes to Toledo for Special Gala Event

Published Friday, March 6, 2020 9:00 am

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, the critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated piano duo Anderson & Roe comes to Toledo for a one-night-only special gala event on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 7 PM at the Toledo Club. The Julliard-trained duo will perform music of the ages, including works by Mozart, Brahms, and popular hits like Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. All proceeds from this gala event will support the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and Toledo Ballet’s education programs.

Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe met in 2000 as freshmen at The Julliard School and formed their musical partnership shortly after. Since then, they have toured extensively in Bejing, Seoul, Singapore, Italy, Vancouver, and most major U.S. cities. Together, they have appeared on MTV’s Total Request Live, NPR’s All Things Considered and From the Top, APM’s Performance Today, the Cliburn Concert Series, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, and numerous summer chamber music festivals.

“When I was in college, my friends and I went to see Anderson & Roe perform in Chicago,” says Allie Dresser, Marketing Manager for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “I remember sitting there in complete awe. Their energy was contagious, and you could tell they were having just as much fun on stage as we were in the audience. I am thrilled they are making their Toledo debut to perform at our special gala performance.”

Anderson and Roe both earned their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The Julliard School and have since then held close ties to their alma mater. They performed the world premiere of their own composition, Star Wars Fantasy: Four Impressions for Two Pianos, in Juilliard’s “Cinema Serenades” concert at Alice Tully Hall and also directed the groundbreaking project “Life between the Keys,” which involved the entire Juilliard Piano Class of 2004. A live performance by the duo is included on the Sounds of Juilliard album celebrating the school’s centennial year.

“We could not be more excited to feature Anderson & Roe at our special gala event,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “They are the complete package—compositionally creative, musical geniuses, and extraordinary performers—that pay tribute to the classics you know and love and add their own twist to popular songs you never thought could be arranged for two pianos. I think our audience will surely enjoy this intimate program at the Toledo Club.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event that include premium seating and a VIP post-event reception.

Tickets for main room seating are $125, limited VIP balcony tickets are $160, and all Toledo Symphony subscribers and Toledo Club members receive $100 tickets. The Toledo Symphony’s special gala performance Anderson & Roe will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 7 PM at the Toledo Club. All tickets can be purchased online at toledosymphony.com, by calling 419.246.8000, or stopping by the box office located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at fkanney@artstoledo.com.

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Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-nine professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

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