A unique dual keyboard piano will perform with the Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra for two shows featuring a piece written specifically for two pianos. The piano, built by Peter Nehlson of Washington Island, is based on Ignaz Pleyel's designs from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos will be performed with concert pianists Jeannie Yu and Jodie DiSalvo on the keyboards. DiSalvo says the unique piano teamed with the orchestra should be a the event of a lifetime.
Peter Nehlsen, who put in over 2,000 hours and one year of work on his two keyboard piano, gets giddy at the thought of his creation matched with an 85 piece orchestra.
In addition to the dual-keyboard piano Nehlsen also had to construct a special platform for the instrument because the Stage of Stars at Birch Creek just didn't have enough room. The performances are set for July 11th and 12th at Birch Creek Music Performance Center on County Road E in Egg Harbor.