Mission & History
Piano on the Rocks International Festival was created on the initiative of Duo MusicAleph, with pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo and narrator Elizabeth Peña,
who share a common passion for music, literature, poetry and for the magical city of Sedona, Arizona. This festival brings top international artists and competiton
winners to Sedona, the city of light.
This festival explores the interconnection between solo piano literature, storytelling and literature. Its mission is to create a fusion between music and literature, to
explore literature through music and music through literature, to offer musical performances of the highest quality that are accessible to and enjoyable by all, and
to build bridges accross diverse cultures.
© Piano on the Rocks 2017
w e l c o m e
This Second Piano on the Rocks International Festival celebrates music and
literature from around the globe. A "Voyage Beyond Time" where music,
words, sounds and colors travel beyond the frontiers of space.
Piano on the Rocks will present masterpieces by Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc,
Chopin, Liszt, Albeniz, Rachmaninoff and others.
The Festival will open at the Church of the Red Rocks under a beautiful
sunset. The subsequent two concerts will be held at the Christ Lutheran
These three concerts will feature international pianists: Sandrine Erdely-Sayo
-- described as "electrifying" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Helene Tysman,
laureate of the Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition, Cynthia Raim,
First Prize winner of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. The
concerts also feature Dr. Carl Schmidt,musicologist; Elizabeth Peña, narrator
and member of the Duo MusicAleph and Dr. Barbara Di Toro, soprano.
We look forward to seeing you at these three wonderful concerts filled with
Artistic Director: Sandrine Erdely-Sayo
Co-Director: Elizabeth Peña