Nineteen musicians performed in 11 acts during Grand Pianos Live in the Barrus Concert Hall on June 22 from 8 to 9 p.m.
J. Rockwell Wright, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, was the manager for this semester’s Grand Pianos Live show and said that 16 gros auditioned.
The different acts were presented by individuals and gros of to six people.
“What we were looking for is somebody that could take their musical talent and already have a flavor of showmanship,” Wright said.
The show began with Wright, along with his assistant Brandon Luce, a sophomore studying biology, welcoming the audience to Grand Pianos Live.
They introduced each of the 11 acts in British accents with commentary they had come with two hours previously.
The show began with “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, played by Ashley Possin, a junior majoring in general studies.
The songs played in Grand Pianos Live ranged from those composed by the performers to songs by famous artists.
The Yi Ru Band, comprised of six members, played “Drops of Jiter” complete with a solo singer, drums, cello and two guitars
“We had a great audience. We weren’t nervous, we just played,” said Austin Thornhill, a junior studying health care administration and member of Yi Ru Band.
Dallan Shields, a freshman studying theatre and speech education, sang a comical romance song called “I’m Not Cryin’” and played guitar.
He was accompanied by his older sister Tandy, a junior studying music, on the piano who also sang.
Their friend, Dane Taylor, a sophomore majoring in general studies, played the drums.
“Playing the piano and singing shows a lot of talent since it’s difficult to do,” said Kasui Smith, a BYU-I alumnus.
Audience members had the opportunity at the end of the show to vote for their favorite performance by texting in with that performer’s number.
“I loved the [pieces]. They were awesome,” said Michael Smith, a sophomore studying financial economics.
Preparations, including auditions, began weeks before Grand Pianos Live was performed.
“There is not 30 minutes that go by that I don’t think of Grand Pianos in some way, shape or another,” Wright said.
Preparations included brainstorming ideas for the show and deciding what acts should perform.