An Evening with Pianist Joshua Sawicki at Schmitt Music Denver

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May 192015
 

An Evening with Pianist Joshua Sawicki at Schmitt Music Denver

Join us for “An Evening with Pianist Joshua Sawicki” at Schmitt Music Denver on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:30PM!

Pianist, educator, soloist & accompanist, and former “Young Artist” winner, Joshua Sawicki will perform a free concert including works by Brahms, Chopin and more. Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!

Please call 303-777-1900, email dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .

Watch Joshua Sawicki perfrom Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major, op.26″ with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra on May 14, 2013:

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The Program:

Johannes Brahms “Piano Sonata no. 1 in C major, op. 1″

Lubos Fiser “Sonata no. 6 ‘Fras'”

Intermission

Frederic Chopin “Etudes, opus 10″ Movement Nos. 1 -12


Joshua SawickiJoshua Sawicki, originally from Hartford, Connecticut, now lives in Denver, Colorado. After studying at the Hartt School of Music’s pre-college division during high school, he went on to study piano at Boston University, the University of South Florida (Tampa), the Royal College of Music (London), the Aspen Music Festival, and most recently, at the Lamont School of Music, where he completed an Artist Diploma with New-York based pianist Steven Mayer. His other major teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Svetozar Ivanov, and John O’Conor.

Recent concerts include solo appearances in Denver, Boulder, Aspen, Tampa, Farmington (Connecticut), Paris (France), Utrecht (Netherlands); competitions in Novi Sad (Serbia), Granada (Spain), and Manhattan; concertos in Tampa and Denver; chamber appearances with Brook Ferguson (Colorado Symphony principal flutist) and Silver Ainomäe (CSO Principal cellist), on Colorado Public Radio, and as orchestral pianist for the Colorado Symphony. He is also a member of the Playground Ensemble – Colorado’s premiere modern music ensemble – which performs extensively around Colorado and other Western states. Recent awards include 1st prizes in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Artist Series of Sarasota piano competition, the Jacques Abrahms Piano Scholarship, the USF Tampa Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and the Stephen P. Brown concerto competition.

Besides performing, Joshua is an avid teacher. While in Tampa, he taught piano classes at the University of South Florida and at the Patel Conservatory. Now in Denver, he is an adjunct professor of piano at the Community College of Denver, and is the owner and director of Colorado Music Quest, a private music school with over 100 students. Learn more on his website: joshuasawicki.com.

DuoClassica in Concert at Schmitt Music Denver

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May 142015
 

Duo Classica

Join us for “An Evening with DuoClassica” – FREE CONCERT – at Schmitt Music Denver on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30PM.

DuoClassica has been praised for exquisitely poetic sonority, powerful and expressive execution, extraordinary precision, and dazzling virtuosity. Formed in 2008 by violinist Lydia Sviatlovskaya and pianist Olga Dashevskaya, the Duo plays a diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music, providing the kind of concerts that only masters of their craft can deliver. Learn more on their website: www.duoclassica.com.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot! Please call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com, or use our online RSVP form – .

The evening’s program includes works by L. van Beethoven, N.A Rimsky-Korsakov, S. Prokofiev, and Nino Rota. Contact us for more information.


Lydia Sviatlovskaya, violin

Lydia Sviatlovskaya, violin

Lydia, a native of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), graduated from the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Leningrad and entered the Moscow Conservatory. Among her teachers was world-renowned violinist Leonid Kogan. In 1976, Lydia won Second Prize at the “Concertino Prague” Competition in Czechoslovakia.

Her solo appearances with orchestra include the Moscow Orchestra of Chamber Music, USSR State Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony, Winnipeg Royal Ballet, Central City Opera Festival Orchestra, Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, Vail International Dance Festival, and Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lydia has given numerous Solo and Chamber Music Recitals in Europe and the United States. She is currently Concertmaster of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. Lydia has a private music studio in Denver.

Olga Dashevskaya, piano

Olga Dashevskaya, piano

Olga, a native of Ukraine in the former Soviet Union, gave her first public concert at age of eight. She studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children and the Kharkov State Conservatory, from which she graduated with Honors and received Master’s degrees in piano and music theory. Olga began her professional career in Moscow as an editor of music programs at the Moscow State Philharmonic, and later was an editor at the State Publishers “Muzica.” She published numerous articles on music history, produced music radio programs, and performed concerts. Since moving to the United States in 1990, Olga has given numerous solo performances and lectures, performed with various symphony orchestras, and successfully collaborated with noted vocalists and instrumentalists

Olga runs her own music school and is a professor of piano performance, theory and music history at Red Rocks Community College.


Listen to DuoClassica perform Tartini’s “Sonata in G Minor” here:

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Grand Re-Opening & Conn-Selmer “Step Up Band Event” at Schmitt Music Omaha!

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May 062015
 

Conn-Selmer Step-Up Band Event, Grand Re-Opening of Schmitt Music Omaha!

GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION IN OMAHA!

Join us at Schmitt Music Omaha for a “Grand Re-Opening and Step-Up Band Event” featuring Conn-Selmer Performance & Professional Band Instruments on Saturday, June 20th from 10AM to 2PM!

IT’S TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR BEGINNER INSTRUMENT!  Now is the time… A superior quality instrument can help your student learn faster, play longer, and inspire them to stretch to the limit of their talent. Schmitt Music’s “Bravo! Step Up” instruments are selected for the student who is ready to take that next step musically.

SAVE UP TO $100 on qualifying “Bravo! Step Up” Instruments with our exclusive “Grand Re-Opening” certificate – CLICK HERE to download (1.3MB PDF).

During our “Grand Re-Opening & Step-Up Band Event” you’ll find an expanded selection of performance and professional band instruments from Conn-Selmer, including Armstrong, Bach, C.G. Conn, Holton, King, Leblanc, Selmer Paris, Yanagisawa and more!

Shop a great selection of Conn-Selmer instruments, plus get manufacturer rebates & special pricingSaturday, June 20th only!  Stop in to play and compare, and let us help you find the perfect instrument.
Contact an Instrument Specialist at Schmitt Music Omaha today, and set up a selection appointment. Please call 402-391-5588, email omaha@schmittmusic.com, or use our online event form to RSVP –

Schmitt Music’s “Bravo! Step Up” Instrument Program was developed especially for customers currently participating in our “Better Than Rent” Instrument Trial Purchase program, and introduces a new line of performance instruments designed just for advancing players.

If you currently have a contract with us for a beginner band or orchestra instrument, now is a great time for you to take advantage of the equity credit you have accrued – UP TO $450 toward the purchase of a new instrument!

With our special BRAVO! package offer, it’s a great time to upgrade from a beginner instrument to a BRAVO! “Performance Level” or “Professional” instrument. Call 402-391-5588 to learn more.

Steinway & Sons Pianos at Schmitt Music Kansas City

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Apr 302015
 

Steinway and Sons pianos, sold exclusively at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Schmitt Music Kansas City is your exclusive home for Steinway & Sons pianos – proudly representing Steinway for over 50 years!
Here’s an Insider’s View of Recent Historical Events at Steinway. First, a brief history:
  • 1850 – At age 50, Henry E. Steinway and his family emigrate from Seesen, Germany to New York, U.S.A.
  • 1853 – Steinway & Sons is founded by Henry and his sons.
  • 1866 – The first Steinway Hall is completed on 14th Street
  • 1880 – A second Steinway factory is built in Hamburg Germany
  • 1925 – The second Steinway Hall is constructed on East 57th Street in Manhattan
  • 1972 – Steinway & Sons is purchased by CBS for $19.3 million. (At that time CBS owned many enterprises in the entertainment industry, including guitar maker Fender, electro-mechanical piano maker Rhodes, and the New York Yankees baseball team).
  • 1985 – Steinway & Sons is purchased by the Birmingham Family for $55 million.
  • 1995 – Steinway & Sons is purchased by Selmer / Steinway Musical Properties for $100 million.
  • 1996 – Steinway Musical Properties becomes a publicly held company listed on the NYSE as LVB (for Ludwig Van Beethoven)
  • 2013 – This is where today’s story begins. A perfect storm.

The Building

This beautiful 16 story building was completed in 1925 and contains 16 floors. The first four were used for pianos and the rest of them were rented out. But by the early 21st century the high cost of maintenance and repair made it prohibitive to continue to rent those upper floors so they were closed off.

The perfect storm for New York real estate came in 2013 when:
1) the cost of land in Manhattan was going through the roof,
2) the cost of maintenance was skyrocketing, and
3) the value of an 85 year old building was declining rapidly.

So on April 8th, 2013, Steinway announced plans to sell the building that housed Steinway Hall on East 57th Street. Little did they know that this would be the beginning of great changes.

Friday, June 28th 2013 – The sale of the building closes on a Friday afternoon. The stock price continues to trade in its traditional range of $18 to $22. All is quiet before the storm.


The Players

Monday, July 1st 2013 – The very first business day after Steinway sold the old building, Kohlberg and Company announces their intention to acquire Steinway for $438 million and make it a privately held company once again.

Kohlberg offers shareholders $35 per share, a 33% premium over the New York Stock Exchange stock trading price! Some voice concern that Kohlberg will cut Steinway up and sell off various parts at a profit.

To be responsible to their shareholders, the Steinway trustees include a 45 day “Shop Around” clause to see if anyone else would be willing to offer better price or terms.

During this “shop around” period, J.S. Kim, owner of a Korean piano maker, makes an offer of $37 per share to acquire Steinway & Sons. Many are concerned that this would result in mass-production and manufacturing moving offshore.

So the bidding war picks up. First $438 million, then $477 million, then $499 million.

In rides the knight in shining armor – New York resident, Mr. John Paulson. Mr. Paulson has children who take piano lessons at Steinway Hall in Manhattan. Mr. Paulson already owns two Steinway pianos and appreciates the hand crafted quality.

His background is one making the right decisions. Several years earlier, Mr. Paulson had recognized that the mortgage bubble could not sustain itself and he invested heavily in that belief. He was correct and his investments earned substantial returns. With his intelligence, values and consistency, he became a multi-billionaire.

But back to Steinway – John Paulson’s advisers tried to dissuade him. You can make better money on several other areas where the return on investment is much greater. But John said, No, this is personal. I want to be a part of the great Steinway Legacy. I want be a good steward for this great company for many years to come. Make no mistake, I don’t plan to lose money, we will be profitable and we will continue to make the very best pianos in the world. Without knowing it, Mr. Paulson was echoing the famous words of Henry E. Steinway from 1853 when he wrote the company mission statement – “Build the best piano possible and sell it at a price consistent with that quality.”


The Final Play

Remember, the mid-October bidding is now up to 499 million dollars. John Paulson makes a bold move and offers $40 per share or $512 million.

Several days go by with no response from the other players, and so the American entrepreneur from New York becomes the new owner of Steinway & Sons. Elation is everywhere – from the factory workers to the office people to the dealer network and especially the lovers of Steinway pianos. Meet Mr. John Paulson here:

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The Present and Future

This would be a wonderful story even if it ended right there. But it doesn’t – it gets even better. With Mr. Paulson’s involvement, Steinway pianos are getting even better than they were. With investment of many millions of dollars in equipment and the judicious use of technology alongside hand-craftsmanship, everyone agrees that the Steinway pianos are entering a new “Golden Age”.

Piano Teachers, Customers, Piano Tuners, Churches, Colleges and Universities; all are declaring the new Steinway as the best piano that they have EVER made.

That may sound like a tall order, and it is; but come by and audition one for yourself. You will understand why everyone is so enthusiastic about today’s Steinway piano.

Call 913-663-4756 or email us at kckb@schmittmusic.com. Please contact one of our Piano Specialists to schedule your showing, or visit us at Schmitt Music Kansas City today!


“Meet & Greet” with Guitarist Matthew Curry – presented by Fender – at Schmitt Music Fargo!

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Apr 292015
 

Matthew Curry, Fender Accelerator Tour, Meet & Greet at Schmitt Music Fargo

The Fender Accelerator Tour presents a free “Meet & Greet” with blues/rock guitarist Matthew Curry at Schmitt Music Fargo on Wednesday, May 20 from 1PM to 3PM!

Kid can shout like Joe Cocker, play guitar like a young Jeff Beck and rock like he’s still inside his first pair of shoes.” – Edmonton Sun

Blues/rock guitarist Matthew Curry is currently on tour opening for The Steve Miller Band and has shared the stage with the likes of Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers. A Fender Artist taking part in their Accelerator Tour, Curry will be visiting Schmitt Music for a meet & greet from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Stop in for a chance to meet a guitar legend in the making!

RSVP by phone: 701-281-1828, email: fargo@schmittmusic.com, or use our online form –

Check out the Matthew Curry Band performing “Down the Line” in Peoria, IL:

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Seemingly out of nowhere (but actually out of America’s heartland), Matthew Curry is already creating a serious buzz in 2014. Fresh off a six-city tour with the Steve Miller Band this spring, this rising star from Normal, IL has already seen rock star-like standing ovations this year at key festivals both here and abroad, and the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners. Even Steve Miller took to Matthew right away, inviting him to sit in every night on their tour, and calling Matthew a “…wonderful guitar player, great songwriter; in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality. He’s really great.” – Huffington Post

Matthew and his rare combination of youth and maturity have been taking audiences, and the music industry, by surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals, and incendiary guitar work. Having just turned 19 years old, Matthew has already been adopted by Fender Guitars and Guitar Center into their exclusive “Brotherhood of The Guitar” (http://brotherhoodoftheguitar.com/?team=matthew-curry). Making the crowd reactions even more notable is the fact that Matthew’s set is comprised of all original material. His songs have a classic feel and people are responding immediately to the emotional power of the songs and the excitement of Matthew and his band’s strong delivery.

Watch for Matthew this summer as he tours arenas around the country opening for The Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton, and on other major festivals and headline shows. The time is now to see this young talent as he starts his march across the national, and international, stage.

“…an authentic blend of original Southern rock, British blues and Jimi Hendrix…” – Rockwrite

Visit his website for more information: www.matthewcurry.com.

“Meet & Greet” with Steinway Artists The 5 Browns at Schmitt Music Edina

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Apr 282015
 

Steinway Artists The 5 Browns Meet and Greet in Edina

Please join us for a special “Meet & Greet” with Steinway Artists The 5 Browns at Schmitt Music Edina on Thursday, May 14 from 4:30PM to 5:30PM – FREE!

Attend this fun “meet & greet” event and you’ll hear Steinway Artists The 5 Browns talk about their music, do a Q&A, sell CDs and sign autographs, and play a few pieces.

RSVP to let us know you’re attending! Please call 612-238-9941 or to RSVP online.

See The 5 Browns live at Orchestra Hall on Friday, May 15th at 8PM in Minneapolis – CLICK HERE for details and to order tickets.

Check out “Jupiter from The Planets for 5 Pianos,” the newest video from The 5 Browns:

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The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” and at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.” Read more here: www.the5browns.com.

Piano Master Class with UNC Professor Justin Krawitz at Schmitt Music Denver!

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Apr 282015
 

Master Class with UNC's Justin Krawitz

Schmitt Music presents a free Piano Master Class conducted by Justin Krawitz, UNC Music Faculty, at Schmitt Music Denver on Tuesday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Justin Krawitz – Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Music – will listen to the performances of three local piano students and offer constructive comments to improve their performance. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to this fascinating process!

Call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .

Please note: Due to illness, Justin Krawitz is filling in for Steinway Artist Lara Downes. We hope to reschedule an event with Lara in the fall. Stay tuned!


South African pianist Justin Krawitz joins the University of Northern Colorado in the Fall of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy.

Previously, Dr. Krawitz has served on the faculties of the University of Cape Town, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Luther College (Iowa), and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan).

Following his performance of Karel Husa’s First Piano Sonata, the Pulitzer prize-winning composer wrote, “the level of his artistry and commitment is extraordinary.” Krawitz has performed with orchestras in his native South Africa and in the US, and has recorded for Czech Radio.

Dr. Krawitz is an active clinician, with regular invitations to give masterclasses at music schools from North Carolina to Serbia. He has presented lectures and workshops in the US and abroad, such as at the 32nd International EPTA Conference (Ljubljana), the 2010 ISMTA Conference (DeKalb, IL) and the 2nd World Piano Conference (Novi Sad). His research interests include finger substitution on the piano and Czech piano music of the 20th century. He has been published in the EPTA Piano Journal and the ISSTIP Journal Tension in Performance, and he is an editor of the periodical Martinů Revue. Krawitz is an external collaborator of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague and a board member of the International Martinů Circle.

Dr. Krawitz was a Paul Collins Fellow at UW-Madison from 2006-2009, a Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow at the University of Cape Town in 2011, and a URC Postdoctoral Fellow at UCT’s South African College of Music from 2012-2014

Performance by Pianist Chaeyoung Park at Schmitt Music Kansas City

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Apr 232015
 

Pianist Chaeyoung Park, concert in Kansas City

Please join us for a performance by pianist Chaeyoung Park at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. – this event is FREE and open to the public!

Chaeyoung is scheduled to compete in the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition in May. You can hear her program for free and wish her well on her quest! Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot.

Please call 913-663-4756, email us at kckb@schmittmusic.com or to use our online RSVP form.

Watch Miss Park performing Chopin’s “Ballade No. 2″ on a Steinway & Sons Concert Grand:

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Seventeen-year old Chaeyoung Park, from South Korea and Lawrence, KS, has been studying with Dr. Jack Winerock of University of Kansas piano faculty for seven years. She also studies with Dr. Scott McBride Smith.

Chaeyoung was awarded Gold Medal in Music by the National YoungArts Foundation in 2014. She received First Place at 2014 Emilio Del Rosario International Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition and received Young Jury Award and Discretionary Award at the 2014 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. She received Third Prize at the 7th USASU International Piano Competition in 2015. She won First Place in the 2012 International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition, as well as the Audience Prize. She was the youngest semifinalist and finalist at the 2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. She was awarded First Place in the Junior Level of the Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2011.

She received First Place from the American Protégé International Competition and the Fite Family Young Artists Competition. She won First Place in Junior Division in Missouri Western Young Artist Piano Competition. She has won First Place and also Audience Prize at the Kansas City Symphony Concerto Competition. She was the Overall Winner at the MYA Walgreens Concerto Competition Open Senior Division and at Topeka Symphony Youth Concerto Audition. She was the Kansas State and West Central Division MTNA Junior Piano winner in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Her chamber group was the Grand Winner of the National Young Artists Chamber Music and Ensemble Competition. She has performed in such halls as Orchestra Hall at Chicago Symphony Center, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New World Center in Miami, Helzberg Hall at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Kodak Hall at Eastman School of Music and Lied Center of Kansas. She has performed with the Kansas City Symphony with Maestro Michael Stern, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Neil Varon, New Millennium Symphony with Frencesco Milioto and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra with Robert Olson among others. She has participated in masterclasses with renowned teachers and musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Jorge Osorio, Michael Stern and John Perry.

Aside from playing piano, she likes playing with her cats, baking and cooking, and reading books.

 

Graduate to Yamaha

OFFER VALID NOW through JUNE 30, 2015

Now is the time to GRADUATE TO YAMAHA and upgrade from an intermediate or beginner instrument to a Professional or Custom Yamaha instrument: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, French Horn, Alto Horn, Baritone Horn, Euphonium or Tuba.

When you purchase a qualified model, you can get a mail-in REBATE of $100, plus a great pair of earphones – just purchase before June 30, 2015. Contact your Schmitt Music store today and make an appointment with a Band Instrument Specialist!

CLICK HERE for additional details on Yamaha.com.

 

Fiscal Year-End Clearance Sale

SUPER SAVINGS NOW AT YOUR SCHMITT MUSIC STORE!

Schmitt Music’s goal is to significantly lower our inventory by the end of our fiscal year on May 31, 2015, and that means “Super Savings” for you! We have scoured our inventory and generated some great savings – many of these deals are one-of-a-kind offers – HURRY IN TODAY!
Visit your Schmitt Music store and save up to $1500 on Kawai acoustic pianos, up to 45% OFF MSRP on closeout digital pianos, and save thousands on Steinway pianos! Plus, save up to 40% OFF our regular price on clearance guitars & amplifiers, 75% OFF on select clearance print music & accessories and much more – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

Schmitt Music’s “Fiscal Year-End Clearance Sale” offers are good only while supplies last, now through May 31, 2015. Selection and product availability vary by location. Visit us today or contact your Schmitt Music store for details.

Learn more about our “Super Savings” clearance sales in Colorado and Kansas: Schmitt Music Denver and Schmitt Music Kansas City.
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