This gives new meaning to tickling the ivories.
Elton John performs with a 60-piece orchestra Friday at 10 p.m. CST for Yamaha's 125th Anniversary Dealer Concert.
For those die-hard Elton fans not able to see him in the flesh, head to Grand Piano Haus, 3640 Dempster in Skokie for the show. Elton won't be there in his Elton-ness, but a you can watch a piano synched to his performance.
Yamaha plans to showcase its groundbreaking DisklavierTV by having John perform five songs on a Yamaha Disklavier, while streaming the concert live to remote Disklavier pianos worldwide.
John's actual piano keystrokes will be faithfully played, note for note, in real time (via MIDI data) on each of the remote instruments just as if he were there, while the entire orchestra will be seen and heard on adjacent monitors in perfect sync with the remote piano performances.
Joining the "Rocket Man" onstage will be Amy Grant, Chaka Khan, Dave Grusin, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Dave Koz, James Newton Howard, LEOGUN, Landon Pigg, Lucy Schwartz, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan, Sinbad and Toto. Legendary bass player Nathan East will serve as music director.
The concert takes place at Disneyland's Hyperion Theater in Anaheim, Calif., but you can streamline at http://eltonjohn125.usa.yamaha.com and www.eltonjohn.com.
Or watch the live player piano.