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Cuban Overture by George Gershwin; Three Dance Portraits by Allen Shawn; Souvenirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber; Four for Shiva by David Garner; Gazebo Dances by John CoriglianoAs one of only a few ensembles worldwide focusing on piano duets, ZOFO is reviving hidden gems of the one-piano-four-hands repertoire along with a strong emphasis on performing 20th and 21st Century music. By also playing arrangements of famous orchestral pieces, ZOFO explores the realm that many composers first experienced their symphonic works. ZOFO believes that the piano duet is the most intimate form of chamber music, with the two performers playing synchronized interwoven lines on one instrument. The choreography of the four hands is as beautiful to watch as the rich tapestry of sounds dancing out of the piano. ZOFO is deeply committed to enrich the piano duet repertoire by commissioning new works each year. Mosh Pit is a program of piano duet pieces written by all American composers of the 20th and 21st century – a total mix of different styles ranging from George Gershwins own crystal-clear piano four-hand arrangement of his exuberant Cuban Overture to Samuel Barbers nostalgic ballet suite Souvenirs. Other pieces in the program include John Coriglianos circussy Gazebo Dances, Allen Shawns rhythmically tricky Dance Portraits influenced by rock music, and Bay-Area composer David Garners jazzy Four for Shiva.