Devilish Inspirations

Presented by Ross McKee Foundation

The Ross McKee Foundation presents Devilish Inspirations: Summoning Witches, Demons, and Black Magic at the Piano. Edwin Outwater, Music Director at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and legendary drag queen/horror icon Peaches Christ will host the online benefit, taking audiences on a chilling tour of the piano repertoire’s darkest and most haunting moments. The streaming event is composed of a series of unique music videos created by celebrated Bay Area pianists, including Allegra Chapman, Brent Smith, Daniel Glover, Dee Spencer, Jeffrey LaDeur with Kindra Scharich (mezzo-soprano), Keisuke Nakagoshi, Ryan Sheng, Sarah Cahill, and Solomon Ge. Proceeds from Devilish Inspirations go directly to the Ross McKee Foundation, which promotes the piano in the Bay Area through grants, scholarships, performance opportunities, and a nationally recognized piano competition for young artists.

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Program Items

I Put A Spell On You (Nina Simone)
Maurice Ravel “Le gibet” from Gaspard de la nuit
Maurice Ravel “Scarbo” from Gaspard de la nuit
Alexander Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 9, “Black Mass”
Edward MacDowell Hexantanz (Witches Dance)
Sergei Prokofiev Devilish Inspirations
Stephen Montague Mirabella: a tarantella for toy piano
Franz Schubert “Erlkönig”
Leo Ornstein Lento from Piano Sonata No. 4
Abel Decaux “Le Cimetière” from Clairs de lune


Edwin Outwater Host
Peaches Christ Host
Allegra Chapman Performer
Brent Smith Performer
Daniel Glover Performer
Dee Spencer Performer
Jeffrey LaDeur Performer
Kindra Scharich Performer
Keisuke Nakagoshi Performer
Ryan Sheng Performer
Sarah Cahill Performer
Solomon Ge Performer