College of St. Rose’s Massry Center Announces New Concert


Yes, Holly Bowling will be playing a solo piano concert at the College of St. Rose, but don’t expect to hear any Bach, Brahms or Beethoven.

When she sits down at the grand piano onstage in the Massry Center for the Arts at 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 28, you’re more likely to hear “My Friend, My Friend,” “The Squirming Coil” or “Harry Hood”…

That’s right, the classically trained pianist will be playing any evening of music by Phish.

Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano when she was five years old, but she’s also a major Phish-head, having attended more than 300 shows by the Vermont-based quartet. She became obsessed by their famous rendition of “Tweezer” from Lake Tahoe on July 31, 2013, and decided to transcribe the 37-minute improvisational masterpiece note-for-note for solo piano. Soon she was transforming other Phish songs and well-known live jams into solo piano interpretations, which led to her debut album, Distillation of a Dream: The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano, a two-CD set featuring 15 songs, three of which were transcribed from live renditions.

Tickets for Bowling’s concert at the Massry Center for the Arts are currently on sale, priced at $20; $10 students.

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