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Piano Cottage Rocks Is Back!

You’ll want to be at Wealthy Theatre on July 24th and/or July 25th when a group of extraordinarily talented young people take to the stage for the third annual Piano Cottage Rocks. High energy doesn’t even begin to describe it! Music students from The Piano Cottage, a local music school headed up by Jody Deems-McCargar and Wright McCargar, spend most of the year concentrating on the classical repertoire but welcome the opportunity to rock out a few times a year to benefit a cause close to their hearts. They are raising money for The Crescendo Foundation which offers quality music education to students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate.

After the first Piano Cottage Rocks, Deems-McCargar asked her students what they wanted to do with the money they had raised. It was their idea to donate it to those who weren’t able to participate in music classes. From this simple beginning, something big happened! The Crescendo Foundation has so far served 16 students who are studying piano, percussion, guitar and voice, and another 16 or so are slated to come onboard, depending on the results of this year’s Piano Cottage Rocks.

Recently, The Piano Cottage previewed their July concert at Meijer Gardens event which drew a record crowd—the highest number of audience members ever at a Tuesday concert.

Young people appearing at Piano Cottage Rocks range in age from six to 18, all performing at a very high level of musicianship—these are not your average eight-year-old piano players! Auditions in May resulted in a lineup of 25 talented musicians from The Piano Cottage and The Crescendo Foundation who then spent countless hours rehearsing, arranging, orchestrating and perfecting their rock, jazz and pop pieces.

Sponsored by Keyboard World, Sightline Display Corp and Peterson Paletta, tickets are $12 to $15 and are available at or The past two years, the performances have been sold out. 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to The Crescendo Foundation to be used to further its mission.

Piano Cottage Rocks is fun, family-friendly and fantastic!









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