A total of 245 people gathered at Rock Barn Country Club for the Dueling Pianos FUNdraiser on April 6 to support the Western Piedmont Symphony.

$5000 raised to restore piano of symphony's financial founder

John Coffey talks with patrons at the Dueling Pianos fundraiser.

Patrons dressed in spring chic attire enjoyed music throughout the evening from musicians of all ages. Young harpist, Sedef Sinangil played at the entrance as guests were checked in and offered infused waters.

The Western Piedmont Youth Quartet (Maggie Auton, Macie Benge, Lillia Chapman and Emily Green) played classical repertoire in the ballroom where signature cocktails were passed. Hors d'oeuvres were served on the patio with a music-themed silent auction for browsing, all accompanied by string duo, Andrea Barklage and Maria Grosso.

Of course, the two star pianists, John Coffey and Gregory Knight, were the highlights of the evening, along with percussionist, Rick Cline.

$5000 raised to restore piano of symphony's financial founder

Greg Knight at the piano during the symphony's fundraiser at Rock Barn.

They played crowd-chosen show tunes, pop and light classical favorites such as "Clair de Lune", "Pretty Women" from the play “Sweeney Todd” and "Wipe Out" - during which Rick Cline showed off his drumming skills. Several guests offered their vocal talents, including WPS supporters Sandra Pait Clay, Erin Hooks and Chuck Yoder.

Western Piedmont Symphony media coordinator, Dillon Warren surprised everyone by performing "L-O-V-E" as a showy song and tap dance.

Another fun moment for the guests was when symphony patrons Tom Taylor and Chip Young entertained the crowd with their cowbell skills. After a dessert reception with sweet treats from Whisk and Barrel, "The Piano Project" was unveiled and $5,000 was raised in less than five minutes.

The Piano Project will revive the piano of T.R. Kramer, the financial founder of the Western Piedmont Symphony, offering a living historical restoration for the public to observe. The finished Piano Project will be dedicated at the Dueling Pianos event in 2020.

More information about the Western Piedmont Symphony and The Piano Project can be found on the symphony's website at wpsymphony.org.

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