Orange County Business Journal

Elton John Lined Up for Yamaha Anniversary Concert at Disney California Adventure

Heidi Kulicke Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Buena Park-based musical instrument and audio-visual company Yamaha Corp. of America announced that singer and songwriter Elton John will perform at a 125th anniversary concert for its parent company, Yamaha Corp., on Jan. 25 at the Disney California Adventure in Anaheim.

The concert is set for the Hyperion Theater at the theme park. It is scheduled to coincide with the National Association of Music Merchants’ annual trade show that’s scheduled for Jan. 24 to 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

John will perform on a Yamaha Disklavier piano, with a 70-piece orchestra accompanying him. The concert will be streamed live online and shown in various venues around the world. Remote Disklavier pianos in various locations will recreate his actual piano keystrokes.

The anniversary concert will be produced by Nashville, Tenn.-based Yamaha Entertainment Group of America, a subsidiary of Yamaha Corp. of America.

“Elton John is one of the most successful and influential music makers of our time, and Yamaha is thrilled to bring him to a global audience in this history making manner,” said Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America. “This exciting event will also demonstrate how Yamaha DisklavierTV is forever changing the way in which a live piano concert can be enjoyed in real time around the world.”

Japan-based Yamaha Corp. had $4.3 billion in revenue in its March-ended fiscal year. The company doesn’t break out revenue for Yamaha Corp. of America, which has about 320 employees in Orange County.