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Sep 28, 2019

To the Waltz

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Ann Merryfield plays classical and jazz piano regularly in Seattle. She has held the piano chair for the Critical Mass Big Band and performs frequently with her jazz piano. She has also played classical chamber music in the San Trio. At a Stage 7performance in 2017 she played Piano 1 in the two-piano version of Gershwin's American In Paris,with Steve Tanimoto playing Piano 2.

Steve Tanimoto plays jazz piano and occasional classical music. This July, he played a new music track for the movie Casablanca, and in June 2019 performed in a concert featuring the music of Billy Strayhorn. He currently performs with the Jazz Decree trio and the Colletivo jazz trio.

Dell Wade is a composer, conductor, and bassist living in Seattle. Among his compositions are twelve symphonies. During the last year, he has been performing as part of the Colletivo jazz trio, with Steve Tanimoto and Sandy Walker.

Sandy Walker is a Seattle jazz drummer. She have been a regular participant at the Centrum Jazz Workshops in Port Townsend for approximately the last dozen years. She has played with several Seattle combos including Jazz Connection and Colletivo. Sandy is also a composer who has written numerous songs.

Kaiser-Walzer, Opus. 437, by Johann Strauss II, for two pianos.

Performed by Ann Merryfield and Steve Tanimoto.

La Valse, M. 72, by Maurice Ravel, for two pianos. Performed by Ann
Merryfield and Steve Tanimoto.


December, from The Seasons, Twelve Characteristic Pieces for the
Piano, Op. 37a, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Performed by Ann

Waltz in A-flat major, Opus 69, No. 1 ("Les Adieux") by Frederic
Chopin. Performed by Steve Tanimoto.

An der schönen blauen Donau, Opus 314, by Johann Strauss II, for two
pianos. Performed by Steve Tanimoto and Ann Merryfield.

Elsa, by Earl Zindars. Performed by Steve Tanimoto, piano; Dell Wade,
acoustic bass; Sandy Walker, drums.

Emily, by Johnny Mandel. Performed by Ann Merryfield, piano; Dell
Wade, bass; and Sandy Walker, drums.

Waltz For Debby, by Bill Evans. Performed by Steve Tanimoto, piano;
Dell Wade, bass; Sandy Walker, drums.

After the formal program, members of the audience are invited to dance
for a retake of An der schönen blauen Donau.


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    I think I played the piano for about six hours on Saturday! My husband is totally enjoying listening to me play again (even with all the wrong notes and crazy tempos) and my daughter is interested in learning. Believe me, this piano could not have a more adoring family! And my granddaughters just cannot wait to play it! I just referred someone to Stage 7!
    Thanks again!!!
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  • Testimonial from tuning Bosendorfer grand for concert pianist in Seattle:
    It was a great pleasure for me when I played my piano extensively yesterday later in the day after the piano was tuned. I felt great benefit from the clarity of the sound and liked and enjoyed it very much. So did my wife too when she played - and she has excellent hearing. Thank you dearly!
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  • My name is Kim B and I'm a piano teacher in the Kirkland area. I've used Stage 7 Pianos numerous times for my piano recitals. The staff is always so helpful and flexible to work with. The acoustics sound fantastic for performances and my students have an extra bonus by being able to play on world class concert grand pianos! Looking forward to using this special venue for many years to come.
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  • Just as buying our piano was a big decision, so was selling it. I had no idea where to start, but decided to send Stage 7 an email. I received a prompt, honest, and very helpful response from Kenn Wildes. He gave me current market information that proved to be 100% accurate regarding selling the piano on my own. As a result, I later consigned my piano to Stage 7 and it sold very quickly. Couldn’t have asked for a better consignment experience!
    – Carl B.



This 1915 gorgeous unique walnut Steinway Model O has been refinished in November 2014 with a perfect Steinway style finish, including recently restrung with all new strings, hammers, and keytops.

12037 124th Ave NE
Kirkland WA 98034

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