On Friday I had the pleasure of meeting pianist, Bruce Brubaker, and giving presentation to the piano students and guests at New England Conservatory in Boston for the Friday Morning Piano Seminar. I was happily surprised to see that so many of the students intend to do some teaching after graduation. We talked about today’s piano students and their expectations, new performance venues, modern teaching repertoire, and how the Internet is changing the way we do just about everything as far as piano goes.

Later that evening I was walking through Copley Place and came across this display from Project Beethoven.

Announced in the late summer, Project Beethoven invited unknown designers in the Boston area to submit a design inspired by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Aspiring designers from surrounding schools submitted illustrations showing their work, all hoping for a chance to be selected as one of the 10 finalists who would actually create their garment for display at this unique fashion show.

I particularly like this design by Candice Wu from the School of Fashion Design.  I guess it must be the keyboard motif around the waist. Here’s what she has to say about her inspiration:

The asymmetric hemline is like the edge of a piano. My gown reflects the essence and feel of Beethoven. All these details are combined to convey the mood and feel of Beethoven at the concert hall.

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