Monster Melodies at Olivet in Bourbonnais: 80 Performers, 10 Pianos, One Legendary Concert


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BOURBONNAIS, IL – Kresge Auditorium at Olivet Nazarene University will resonate with the harmonious melodies of 80 young pianists and string players, all taking the stage for the biennial Monster Concert. 

Scheduled for November 4 at 1:30PM, this one-of-a-kind performance will witness 10 pianos being played simultaneously, creating a symphony of synchronicity.

Organized by the Kankakee Valley Music Teachers Association (KVMTA) and Southwest Area Music Teachers Association (SAMTA), the Monster Concert has become a tradition that attracts a crowd from all over. Janet Kuester, SAMTA’s president, expressed her enthusiasm: “It is amazing to see; children playing together 10 pianos with string ensembles accompanying.”

Participants have diligently practiced for months, ensuring impeccable coordination. The repertoire promises entertainment, featuring classics like “The Pink Panther” and interactive pieces such as ‘Round and Round’, where pianists will swap seats mid-performance.

Before the main event, students will engage in workshops exploring various musical genres and techniques, including steel drum classes and improvisation sessions.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of King Music, Bradley Illinois, and Olivet Nazarene University, admission is complimentary. For more details, reach out to Desiree Hays at 815-370-6390 or via email at


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