‘MainlyPiano’ set for three August concerts

Kathy Parsons’ MainlyPiano house concert series will feature three exciting concerts in August.

The first concert will feature local pianist/composer Milo Graamans on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

Graamans is a pianist and composer based in Newport. He grew up in Yachats and started taking piano lessons at the age of 4 through the Oregon Music Teachers Association. Graamans went to University of Oregon in 2011 as a music major but dropped out during his second year to finish his musical, “She Loves Me Not,” and to pursue performance opportunities on the coast.

In addition to performing his own concerts several times a year, Graamans is the organist and choir director at Yachats Community Presbyterian Church and the accompanist for Central Coast Chorale in Newport. He also plays regularly in pit orchestras for community theater.

Graamans is an exceptionally versatile pianist, and his concert will include a mix of original music, classics, ragtime and some surprises.

Pianist/composer Dan Chadburn will be returning on Saturday, Aug.18 at 7 p.m. with special guest Tom Nichols. He will be performing a fundraising concert to benefit Oregon Coast Humane Society.

Chadburn’s concerts are relaxed and informal and include a piano improvisation in each half.

He released his seventh instrumental album, “Held in the Light,” last year. One of the pieces on the album was an improvisation created during his house concert here in 2016.

Each of Chadburn’s last five albums received significant radio airplay worldwide, and his 2016 release “Beyond Words” was nominated for two Album of the Year awards.

World-renowned pianist/composer Jim Chappell will be making his first concert appearance in Florence on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

Since the independent release of his breakthrough solo piano collection, “Tender Ritual,” in 1985, Chappell has been acknowledged as one of contemporary music’s most engaging composers and performers.

With 20 albums to his credit, including his 2017 release, “The Best of Jim Chappell,” Chappell has toured world-wide to sold out audiences.

Several of his albums have received heavy national and international airplay on Smooth Jazz format radio stations, and his “Over the Top” (1993) reached No. 1 on the national charts.

Chappell composed the music for Blake Edwards’ feature film, “Switch” (1991) and his music has been nationally broadcast on a wide variety of television shows.

In addition, gold-medal figure skater Brian Boitano skated to Chappell’s beautiful piece, “Gone,” in a nationally televised Thanksgiving broadcast.

Reservations are required for all of the concerts by calling Kathy at 541-999-9720 or emailing her at [email protected] The address and directions will be given when reservations are made. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door for each concert.