BELOIT - Carson Weingart and Jarred Walker will present a "Pops Concert on Two Pianos" at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21 in the West Branch Community Auditorium at West Branch High School.
The concert is open to the public without charge and is sponsored by the West Branch Alumni Association.
The evening will feature the music made popular by Ferrante and Teicher in the 1970s and 1980s, along with some modern pieces arranged in their style. The program includes such favorites as "Theme from Love Story," "Autumn Leaves," "Theme from Exodus," as well as music from "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Wicked," and "The Phantom of the Opera." The program will last about 90 minutes.
Weingart is a piano performance major at Ball State University and Walker is a music education major at Bowling Green State University. Both will be juniors next year and both are West Branch graduates. The two pianists have performed together since junior high school. They became aware of the music of the popular piano duo of Ferrante and Teicher about a year ago when they were preparing a concert for the Goshen Alumni Association. After their performance, audience members remarked that the pair reminded them of the famous duo.
"We didn't really know who Ferrante and Teicher were," remembered Carson Weingart. "Thanks to YouTube, we were able to witness the two of them in concert, and we were very impressed. So, last fall, Jarred and I started talking about putting together a concert that featured their work. As we began to arrange their music, we started to think about how they might perform some modern pieces such as "Phantom of the Opera" if they were still performing today. So, we tried to create some arrangements of modern pieces in the Ferrante and Teicher style."
The concert will be performed on two grand pianos and will feature multimedia, as well. The duo wanted to present this concert as a tribute to good music and to the two Julliard trained pianists who had so many hits in the 70s and 80s. Both Ferrante and Teicher passed away within the last ten years.
"We didn't want to charge admission," Walker said. "We just want people to come and enjoy this wonderful music. For parents and grandparents, this should be a trip down memory lane. For younger people, this is an opportunity to enjoy some pretty amazing music."
Weingart and Walker promise some surprises, a little humor, and a lot of fun for everyone. The June 21 concert will be the only one presented.