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Come See 10 People Play 5 Grands Simultaneously

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Bet you've never seen a concert like this one!

Picture five grand pianos and twenty hands simultaneously playing beautiful patriotic, traditional and spirited music. 

It's an event open to the public. 

The idea is to enjoy music, celebrate cancer survivorship, and raise funds to save more lives.

On September 16 and 17, 2011 ten local pianists will take their places, in pairs, at five grand pianos at Wesley United Methodist Church on St. Simons Island.

They'll be performing music  from many of the world's great composers.

This gathering of talented hands and ebony grands will be a reunion the musicians. 

In May of 2009, the group presented the inaugural "Five Grands Twenty Hands" Concerts to benefit American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life event. Over 700 persons attended the two performances in 2009
that raised nearly $42,000 for the cause.

The fight against cancer is a personal one for the ten pianists  - four are cancer survivors and all have been touched in some way by the disease.

First Coast News Jeannie Blaylock will be featuring the breast cancer survivors in her October Buddy Check 12 reports.  The pianists say they were able to find their cancers with self exams. 

All ticket proceeds from the 2011 Five Grands Twenty Hands Concerts will benefit the Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Center in Brunswick, GA.  The Cancer Care Center has technology which includes CyberKnife and robotic radiosurgery.

The music the pianists have chosen will be more technically challenging and intricate than ever before with selections from the 18th century to present including classical, patriotic, sacred and popular.

Ticket prices for Friday evening's Patron Concert are $100 per person.

Tickets for Saturday's Matinee Concert are already sold out, but the Friday evening concert still has seats available.

For ticket information and availability, please call Teri Conlan with the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation at (912) 466-3360 or email

For more  information regarding underwriter opportunities, please contact Concert Producer, Diana Murphy at (904) 728-1296 or email


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