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Sisters Kimberly and Michelle Cann share extra than simply DNA — although, in a musical household like theirs, a ardour for piano might very nicely be written into their genes.
“We grew up in a family surrounded by music,” Kimberly defined, “and surrounded by so many alternative influences, from symphonies to metal drums, 200-voice choirs to Eagles tunes — all in the identical afternoon. We by no means actually knew anything.”
She recalled “dancing round, pretending to conduct Brahms symphonies in our front room,” imitating her musical father, a revered music educator, conductor and orchestral percussionist. Inspired to check out many devices all through her youth, Kimberly first started taking piano classes at age 5, studying from her mom on the household’s residence in Bermuda. By the point Michelle was sufficiently old to decide on an instrument of her personal, piano appeared a pure match.
“We’re about six years aside, and naturally, because the youthful sibling, you’re all the time making an attempt to repeat your massive sister — a lot to her dismay at occasions,” Michelle defined, laughing. “At that time, Kimberly was already fairly superior, and it was encouraging and motivating for me to have an older sister that might already play very nicely. I used to be all the time making an attempt to be identical to her and catch up.”
Resulting from their age hole, the sisters by no means carried out collectively in any official capability as kids — their touring piano duo would come in a while — however what did change into clear early on is that they had been each destined to observe of their father’s footsteps, turning their musical skills into profitable (but separate) careers.
For Kimberly, who’s now elevating a household of her personal, that at present appears like main the way in which for future musicians as an educator in Asheville. And for Michelle, it means commonly performing solo and chamber recitals all around the world — and, often, touring for performances along with her sister within the Cann Sisters Piano Duo, which the siblings launched in 2010.
“Kimberly and I went to 2 completely different colleges, we had our personal experiences, and we grew as pianists in several methods,” Michelle defined. “It wasn’t till we had been each adults that we got here again collectively and determined we cherished enjoying collectively. We had been lastly on the identical stage, we may share concepts with one another and be a group. It was thrilling.”
Kimberly added: “It’s been wonderful to evolve from ‘massive sister/little sister’ to only plain ‘sisters’ in maturity. She’s certainly one of my absolute best pals, and I don’t assume we may very well be a profitable duo if there was something however sheer pleasure in working collectively. It’s not even ‘work’ to play collectively: It’s simply plain enjoyable.”
In a Nov. 18 efficiency as a part of the Asheville Chamber Music Collection’ 2022-23 season, the Cann Sisters Piano Duo will current seven works for piano: Bach’s “Sonata No. 4 in E minor,” Michael Leibowitz’s “Let My Folks Go,” Helen Hagan’s “Concerto in C minor,” Rachmaninoff’s “Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17,” Robert Schumann’s “Andante and Variations, Op. 46,” Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Facet Story,” and Greg Anderson’s “Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos.”
For the Asheville occasion, Kimberly defined that the sisters “sought to create a wealthy and different program with one thing for everybody. Specifically, lovers of the baroque and romantic eras of music will probably be very joyful.”
Michelle added: “We’re additionally very excited to deliver the North Carolina premiere of Helen Hagan’s solely surviving work, ‘Concerto in C minor.’ Hagan was the primary African American girl to graduate from Yale College in 1912, and through World Battle I, she carried out for the African American troops as one of many only a few musicians of shade known as to France throughout the warfare. Her story is inspiring, and we’re honored to deliver this little-known work to Asheville.”
IF YOU GO
What: The Cann Sisters Piano Duo, offered by the Asheville Chamber Music Collection
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 18
The place: First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, 40 Church St., downtown Asheville
Tickets: $47 at ashevillechambermusic.org