Cuero piano duel to become annual event

The Venue on Church Street will host a dueling pianos event to benefit the DeWitt Medical Foundation July 26.

A biennial piano duel in Cuero is now going to be a yearly event.

The dueling pianos event initially started every other year to benefit the DeWitt Medical Foundation, the nonprofit that supports Cuero Regional Hospital. Now, organizers are making it an annual concert because of requests to increase the frequency.

“We realized the uniqueness of this event, as well as the local interest, and decided to make this an annual event in our community. There is nothing like it in our area and it is always a packed house,” Martin Leske, the board president of the medical foundation, said in a statement.

The 2019 Dueling Pianos event will take the stage at The Venue on Church Street on July 26. The event features two pianos played by musicians from the group Piano Punch. The pianists will play requested songs, and tips from the audience can increased the likelihood that requests will be played. The pianists can cover almost any musical genre, including Top 40s, country, classic rock, and hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, according to a news release from the foundation.

“Dueling Pianos is one event where attendees can come casual and have a relaxed, fun evening with friends. The last event drew over 300 and we expect more this year since the event continues to grow,” said Nikki Lantz, the foundation’s coordinator. “Those wishing to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets or their table early as they are selling quickly.”

Reserved tables of 10 seats start at $500. General admission tickets are $25 each.

The evening includes a food court and a cash bar.

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