11th Season Events
October 7, 2022 | 7:30 PM | The Clayton Center
Tickets: $45 Premium, $30 General
The opening night event of the Ava Gardner Museum’s annual Ava Gardner Festival is a musical collaboration with Clayton Piano Festival. The event is a tribute to the North Carolina native who grew up just outside of Smithfield. The concert celebrates the 100th birthday of the legendary actress, and features the NC Revelers Orchestra from Raleigh and guest performers John Arthur Greene and Angelique Alexander. The collaboration also includes Jonathan Levin, founder of The Clayton Piano Festival, showcasing a medley of Ava's movie songs and much more.
October 27, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Twin Oaks Barn
Tickets: $25 General, $10 Children and Students 18 and under
Described as "having an inner passion paired with Rubinstein's nonchalance" by German newspapers, Canadian pianist Sheng Cai has embraced the keyboard tradition which epitomizes the greatness of the romantic virtuoso. His performances of major keyboard works of the past centuries have touched audiences and won the praise of critics on four continents. Set in the rural beauty of the rustic Twin Oaks Barn, Sheng will present an exciting program of timeless classics, sure to thrill classical enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
CPF Live Sessions
This year, Clayton Piano Festival introduces two studio broadcast filming sessions with live audience, featuring interviews with artists and audience Q & A. Resulting videos will be available on the CPF website for international viewing year round.
Tickets: $25 General Admission
November 10, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Hopper Piano Company
Tickets: $25 General
Double the pianos, double the fun! The dynamic piano team of Julia Mortyakova and Valentin Bogdan bring to you an eclectic program of duo piano music played on two separate pianos by the greatest women composers throughout history until the present. The program will include music by Julia’s very own mother, a world renown composer and the last student of the great Armenian composer, Aram Khachaturian.
November 12, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Hopper Piano Company
Tickets: $25 General
“Jazzical Komitas – Passion of Fire” is an experience like no other. This acclaimed music, written by Komitas Vardapet, has been recreated in Joel Martin’s trademarked Jazzical® style for a new global audience. Like fire, there are many layers to this music: red, hot, and painfully beautiful. Jazzical Komitas celebrates the heritage and art of the Armenian people - past, present and future - through music. The concert features pianist and composer, Joel Martin, with his trio featuring Jon Berger on the drums, and bassist, David Dunaway.
December 11, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Twin Oaks Barn
Tickets: $45 Premium, $35 General, $10 Children and Students 18 and Under
Lewis Warren, Jr. is an award winning composer/arranger who began composing original pieces at the age of five and whose gifts as a pianist have been described as nothing short of phenomenal. He has been a frequent top-prize winner in local, state and international competitions since he was eight. This show will feature the full range of Lewis’ talents, including his original arrangements of Holiday standards, classical favorites, improvising audience requests, and even singing some of his favorite holiday songs. The program concludes with the popular, Triangle-based Swingsters Union Band led by David Richards, featuring guest vocalists, Angelique Alexander and John Arthur Greene. Guests will enjoy a festive reception and a cash bar.