American Grands: Looking back at 18 years of performances

American GrandsAmerican Grands is about to celebrate its 18th year of performances this coming weekend so we decided to ask Colin Holman, who has been the conductor for 17 out of those 18 years, for his thoughts on the history of American Grands. We were inspired to hear about the impact these performances have had on his own family as well as on area musicians. Read Colin’s story below. We (and the 475 American Grands pianists!) hope to see you this Saturday.

It’s impossible for me to separate past American Grands performances from the birth of my two boys, both of which narrowly missed American Grands performance dates by a couple of days.  Both boys, now 15 and 11, have performed in as many American Grands performances as their age has permitted.

It’s remarkable to me to always see the blend of generations in our performances, the fact that this is an annual tradition for so many musicians, and satisfying when I meet young musicians now in area colleges and universities that have grown up performing in American Grands.

American Grands XVIII takes place this Saturday, January 26 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. For information and tickets, visit

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2 Responses to American Grands: Looking back at 18 years of performances

  1. Cheryl Watley says:

    I played in one of these performances many years ago and would like to know if these were recorded and if so how can I get my hands on the one I played in? !!

  2. Hi Cheryl, Thanks for the question and thank you for participating in American Grands! We do not record the American Grands performances. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me at Best, Susanne Kepley, Manager of Marketing and Patron Services, ECC Arts Center

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