Patterson Piano Duo

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PP duo 1 The husband and wife piano duo of Tony Patterson and Casey Robards offer delightful programs of entertaining and uplifting musical works from classical to popular, jazz, musicals and movies.  Audiences delight in the timeless beauty of Johann Sebastian Bach, the infectious Hungarian dances of Johannes Brahms, the familiar melodies of George Gershwin, and toe-tapping tangos of Astor Piazzolla.  Other popular offerings include the music of Star Wars, James Bond, and West Side Story.

Tony and Casey play with spontaneity, beauty, depth, and loads of fun.  They regularly share the stage at the Bay View Music Festival, where they met in 1993, and were married in 2010.  Individually, they have performed hundreds of classical recitals with singers and instrumentalists.  Additionally, they’ve played with orchestras, pit bands, rock bands, pick-up bands, smooth jazz groups, and gospel choirs.  They share a commitment to musical expressiveness and communication, and when joining forces as a piano duo, you’ll notice their sound travels with a single-minded heart and soul that both relaxes and inspires.

About the artists

PP Duo 5Anthony Patterson enjoys a multi-faceted career as solo pianist, composer, arranger, collaborative pianist and chamber musician.   After beginning formal piano study at age three, Tony made his debut with the Lima Symphony when he was eight, playing Mozart’s Concerto no. 28. Recent concerto performances with orchestra include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Mozart’s Concerto in Dm K. 466, Saint-Saen’s Carnival of Animals, and Patterson’s signature piece, Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.  Mr. Patterson appears regularly with the Spectrum Brass Quintet in an all Gershwin show and has played for a number of Broadway touring shows, including Anything Goes, The Color Purple, Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, Shrek, West Side Story, and has been musical coach for several operas at the Bay View Music Festival.  His concert activities have taken him throughout the United States and to Scotland, Ireland, Poland, Italy, and the Czech Republic.  He is a clinician for CASIO instruments, providing demo work and regular appearances at the annual NAMM convention.

Mr. Patterson has recorded a series of original compositions for dance with Chérie Noble (Brio Recordings) and regularly arranges music for choral, instrumental and piano chamber music ensembles.  His arrangement of “My Regards” was recently performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Scott Thornburg as trumpet soloist.  In 2011, Tony arranged a complete Billy Joel/Elton John show for performances throughout northern Michigan.

PP Duo 4Tony joined the faculty of Alma College in 1995 and has been a faculty pianist at the Bay View Music Festival since 1986.  Mr. Patterson previously served on the faculty of the University of Charleston, West Virginia and Capital University.  His teachers have included Richard Syracuse, Andre Watts, Jerome Rose and Earl Wild.  He is the music director at First Presbyterian Church in Alma, MI where he resides.

Casey Robards is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach known for her versatility, imagination, and sensitive musicality.  She has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil and Costa Rica.  Her 2012-2013 performances include recitals with soprano, Ollie Watts Davis; soprano Kar
en Slack; baritone Alex Hurd; flutist Bonita Boyd; duo piano recitals with her husband, Anthony Patterson, and chamber music concerts as a founding member of the KO Trio (Donna Shin, flute and Ji Yon Shim, cello).  A committed coach and pedagogue, Dr. Robards is currently a postdoctoral collaborative pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory and faculty artist at the Bay View Music Festival.  Previous faculty appointments include the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Central Michigan University, and numerous festivals, and Casey was Resident Pianist with Indianapolis Opera in 2012.  Casey was a Tanglewood fellow in 2004 and 2005 and recipient of the Henri Kohn Memorial Award.  Dr. Robards completed the B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where her dissertation was on the African American pianist-composer, John D. Carter.

Booking

The Patterson Piano Duo is available for booking for private parties and special events. Contact caseyrobards@gmail.com for more information.

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