Pedal Power – Jan 13

Friday, January 13, 2017 • 7pm (doors open at 6:30)

Learn about the Mysteries of the Piano Pedals

Ever wonder what those three pedals really do?  

Pianist Frederick Hodges will de-mystify the function and use of the three pedals on a modern piano – the sustaining (damper) pedal, the una corda (soft) pedal, and the least understood sostenuto pedal (plus you’ll get to hear him play!)







$35 general; $30 members; $20 youth (under 17)

as always, refreshments available

private home in Penn Valley, directions sent upon ticket purchase




The hour-long program will demonstrate how proper and creative use of the pedals can change and enhance a pianist’s interpretation of any style of music. We will be treated to Frederick’s engaging personal presentation, and his unique and powerful pianism. This will certainly enhance the entire event, and will provide a wonderful musical experience for the listeners.
Conversation and refreshments follow the seminar.


Frederick Hodges is a noted pianist who was featured in the documentary “Miracle in a Box.” The movie also featured Garrick Ohlsson, concert pianist; Jake Heggie, opera composer; Tammy Hall, jazz artist; Jerry Kuderna, Bay Area modernist; and Steve Willis, blues and boogie songwriter and performer. The narration is spoken by the distinguished actor, John Lithgow, and the film-maker is Oscar-winning documentarian, John Korty.

Hodges is recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin. He has established a reputation as a truly versatile artist equally sought after as soloist, singer, guest soloist with the California Pops Orchestra, and dance band pianist.  He has appeared on national television,  radio, and in several Hollywood films. He is also a sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. He performs regularly at theNiles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

His extensive repertoire includes the great European classical masters as well as the best American composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter. His distinguished discography, primarily on Rivermont Records, Stomp Off, and Aristophone Records, includes piano works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Scott Joplin.

Frederick Hodges is a native of California, where he began his piano studies at age eight. At thirteen, he began intense classical piano study with two famed San Francisco Bay Area piano teachers who were both graduates of the Juilliard School of Music: Virginia Moore and Trula Whelan. At age seventeen, he won the prestigious Music Teachers of California Young Artist Award. At twenty, while still an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra as pianist. Since then, he has toured extensively. Frederick has enjoyed a career playing solo piano for society parties and holding down steady engagements at legendary San Francisco establishments such as L’Etoile in the Huntington Hotel, Masons in the Fairmont Hotel, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

In 2001, Frederick earned a doctorate in history from Oxford University in England, where he lived for five years as a member of Magdalen College. From 2001 to 2002, he served as a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University. Frederick has participated in many prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Sacramento Music Festival, the WestCoast Ragtime Festival, The Blind Boone Festival in Columbia Missouri, the Templeton Ragtime Festival at Mississippi StateUniversity, the El Segundo Ragtime Festival, and the Sedalia Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Cinecon Film Festival in Hollywood, among others. His website is:



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