Laura Caviani, jazz pianist extraordinaire, grew up idolizing Pipedreams host J. Michael Barone as her local church organist in the St. Cloud, Minn., area. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, as part of Classical MPR’s Pop-Up Classical series, Caviani came and played the grand piano in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Paul — really charming renditions of holiday carols.
Afterward, Laura reunited with her organ idol and, well, here’s two minutes of Christmas cheer…
The piece they’re performing is Caviani’s own “Russian Strut,” modeled after Tchaikovsky.
(Kudos to Classical MPR’s Joe Trucano for Pop Up Classical, and thanks to MPR engineer Michael “Ozzie” Osborne for the spontaneous iPhone video!)