“Our following is very faithful and they are an older crowd so we decided to add a matinee to make the show accessible to everyone, including children, who didn’t want to venture out on a late winter evening,” Stephen Muise says about the addition of an afternoon performance to the Three Pianos Christmas Show.
Muise, along with fellow keyboard virtuosos Aaron Lewis and Johnny Aucoin, will perform two shows at the Savoy Theatre Sunday, December 18, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.
Along with bass player Allie Bennett and drummer Ronnie Leadbetter, the show features two special guest stars, Muise’s nine year old stepson, Jordan Crocker, and Lewis’s 14 year old daughter, Martina Lewis.
While Muise was interviewed by phone, the sound of piano and voice could be heard in the background as rehearsals proceeded with the young performers.
Muise says both of their special guest stars will have solo numbers as well as singing in a quartet with him and Lewis.
The Three Pianos were brought together, as an inspiration of the late Wendy Muise, to perform for the 75th anniversary of the town of New Waterford. All three men have a New Waterford connection: Muise grew up there, Lewis’s father was born there, and Aucoin came from nearby New Victoria.
Muise says that over the years, the sound of the trio has evolved to include more of the different voices of their instruments and they have explored more of the capabilities of the three keyboards.
For this show, Muise says, some of the highlights are, of course, the children singing, a medley of favorites from everybody’s old record collection (“And we do mean ‘records’,” Muise says, chuckling), and some Christmas classics.
And Muise promises, “The whole show is a sing-along.”