Upcoming Piano Masterworks Concert


Classically Alive “Piano Masterworks Concerts”

presents Internationally renowned Concert Pianist

“Pianist Toru Oyama”

- Mozart, Schumann & Chopin -

Friday, August 24th, 2018  -  7:00 pm

doors open at 6:00 pm

valet parking upon request

    Colorado Piano Warehouse

     120 W. Cucharras St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

General Admission: $25.00;

Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free.

Heavy  Hors d’Oeuvres/Drinks Included

Classically Alive as of August 24th, 2018 will be partnering with Colorado Piano Warehouse, as part of the expansion of Classically Alive.  This is very exciting news in keeping Classically Alive going strong for the next decades.  I am so pleased that world-class music will continue in our community for a long time with this new announcement. Concerts will still take place at the Minzer/Schreuder Residence, but others will now take place at Colorado Piano Warehouse.  Let me further detail this new phase…..

— As founder and director, Abe Minzer, will still direct Classically Alive at both the home and Piano Warehouse locations.  I will still handle reservations/RSVPs as with all Classically Alive events.

I feel incredibly good about working with the Piano Warehouse team.  Rick Vokt, the owner of Piano Warehouse, is a man of incredible generosity, and vision, I’ve known him for several decades.  The visiting artists through Rick's generosity will be better compensated than before, which will keep world-class musicians coming to our community.

Josh Janitell who is heading up the Piano Warehouse side of Classically Alive, is one of my best buddies in town.  What a great guy, we all love him.  He has put so much work into making this a reality.

— And yes, the fabulous food offerings at Classically Alive are even getting better.  Josh’s wife, Cassandra Janitell, is in the food catering business, and creates some of the most delectable offerings you could imagine, and will be providing the food and drink for our events at Piano Warehouse.

And this is all-inclusive with your $25 admission (Students $10).  It will be great fun to mingle, socialize at Classically Alive’s second venue now!

— There is plenty of parking on the street right by Piano Warehouse.  And Piano Warehouse is providing free valet parking for those that need a little assistance - please let me know if you would like the free valet parking service.

— In the larger context, Piano Warehouse is offering one more jewel toward the revitalization of the Colorado Springs south part of our downtown area.  Piano Warehouse is just a stone’s throw literally from the Pikes Peak Center and the Olympics Museum, the latter scheduled to open in 2020.

Exciting, huh?  Let me know if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas.  Contact me if you would like to RSVP for 8/24, Toru Oyama - Mozart, Schumann & Chopin.


International Concert Pianist Toru Oyama, a Japanese artist who now makes his home in Indonesia, will play a program of Mozart, Schumann and Chopin, and to boot, some of the greatest masterpieces of these immortal composers.  What an over-the-top program to usher in the expansion of Classically Alive with events now at Colorado Piano Warehouse in downtown Colorado Springs!   Events at Colorado Piano Warehouse will continue the Classically Alive tradition of great food, if not even better food, plus drinks - all included with the admission price.  And the home concerts at the Minzer/Schreuder residence will continue as well.  So, Classically Alive is expanding, and our partnering with Colorado Piano Warehouse will ensure many, many more years of world-class musicianship enhancing the Pikes Peak region.

Toru Oyama opens his program with 9 Variations on a Minuet in D Major by Mozart, a work that is from Mozart’s late, most sublime creative period.  The variations are happy, playful, charming, brilliant, elegant, and always melodious -  a perfect way to open the evening.  The major work of the first half is the Symphonic Etudes by Robert Schumann.  The work is made up of a theme followed by twelve etudes which are variations on the theme. The magnificence and range of expression truly bring the work to “symphonic” proportions.  Etudes are often simply technical studies, and Schumann’s Etudes ARE very difficult to play, but in Schumann’s hands these “studies” become music of the highest order.  Along with Carnaval, Kreisleriana and the Fantasy in C, many musicians include the Symphonic Etudes among Schumann’s greatest piano works.

The entire second half is dedicated to the music of Chopin, hardly in need of introduction, one of the most beloved composers.  Maestro Oyama chooses all late works of Chopin, where the composer’s craft and inspiration is at its peak.  Opening the second half is the lovely G Flat Impromptu, a salon-style piece magically elevated to the sublime, and with its meandering brook-like melody.   A Chopin work of around ten minutes, is consider a major Chopin work.  The first major work follows next, the Ballade in F Minor.  This work often considered the greatest of Chopin’s 4 Ballades, opens with melodies of heartbreaking beauty and then segues into various episodes and variations on the main melody, and in the end, builds to an enormous climax of utmost passion.  The next major work, the Scherzo in E Major, is of a totally opposite nature... full of brilliant pianistic writing, with lots of fun, humor, surprising shifts, a tender melodic middle section, and a virtuosic uplifting coda.  The final work on the program is the Polonaise in A Flat Major, one of Chopin’s most famous compositions. Known as the “Heroic” Polonaise, one can hear Chopin’s patriotic call to his people of Poland and to their brave fight for freedom.  A standard program closer by great pianists such as Rubinstein and Horowitz, the A Flat Polonaise closes our magnificent debut evening of music at

Colorado Piano Warehouse.



General Admission: $25.00;

Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free.

Heavy  Hors d’Oeuvres/Drinks Included

For Reservations/Info: contact Abe Minzer at:

  aminzer@comcast.net or 719-229-2239 




9 Variations on a Minuet in D Major, K 573

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 - 1856)

Symphonic Etudes, Opus 13

                                                        Theme: Andante

                                                        Etude No. 1 - Un poco più vivo

                                                        Etude No. 2 - espressivo (no tempo)

                                                        Etude No. 3 - Vivace

                                                        Etude No. 4 - Allegro marcato (no tempo)

                                                        Etude No. 5 - Scherzando/Sempre vivacissimo

                                                        Etude No. 6 - Agitato

                                                        Etude No. 7 - Allegro molto

                                                        Etude No. 8 - Sempre marcatissimo

                                                        Etude No. 9 - Presto possibile

                                                        Etude No. 10 - Sempre con energia

                                                        Etude No. 11 - Con espressione

                                                        Etude No. 12 - Allegro brilliante


FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810 - 1849)

Impromptu No. 3 in G Flat Major, Opus 51

Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Opus 52

Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Opus 54

Polonaise in A Flat Major, Opus 53


General Admission: $25.00;

Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free

Not-So-Light Fare/Drinks Included

For Reservations/Info: contact Abe Minzer at:

  aminzer@comcast.net or 719-229-2239


Toru Oyama is a Japanese pianist who has continuously developed his musical experience and performance. He originally studied English literature in Tokyo before moving to Europe to study music at the Royal College of Music in London and the Utrecht Conservatory. Toru Oyama plays solo piano, but also enjoys chamber music, and he performs all over Europe, of course in Japan and also regularly in Indonesia and Malaysia. We're excited to finally introduce him to audiences in the US! Although his own appearances are in the foreground, Toru Oyama is particularly fond of the further education of young pianists. He taught the best young pianists in Indonesia at the Jakarta Conservatory of Music, where he was named 'Artist in Residence'.


The Venues

Minzer/Schreuder Residence

Colorado Piano Warehouse