Five Stars in Any Language

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Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Ankeny, Iowa couple whose impromptu piano duet in the Gonda building atrium at Mayo Clinic has been seen more than 7 million times on YouTube, are now officially international media sensations.

Their original duet, which was captured by another patient, posted to YouTube by her daughter and posted to Sharing Mayo Clinic a year ago Wednesday, led to them being flown to New York in May to appear live on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Their return concert in February, which was covered by several Minnesota TV stations, led to their appearance Sunday night on NHK, Japan’s largest television network, based in Tokyo.

Frances and Marlow Cowan via Webcam to Japan

To see the Japanese piece, click this link and skip ahead to the 1:20 mark.

The Des Moines Register also has a nice follow-up column about the Cowans and their adventures of the past year.

Some videos don’t translate well culturally; for instance, I don’t understand what is funny about the black cat story that preceded the Cowans on NHK.

But as you can see by watching their international TV debut, the Cowans are five-star performers world-wide, in any language.

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2 Responses to “Five Stars in Any Language”

  1. Harriet Coleman Patterson Says:

    Hi to the Cowans. This is a gal from the class of ’47 at ISU. I do remember both of you but never really knew Marlowe personally but I do remember you Francis and I love your piano duet!!!!!! Did you live at the Theta Chi house or we considered part of Birch Hall but housed in the frats?
    We have been back in Ames over 50 yrs. while Pat was coordinator of Special Ed. in Boone and Story counties. Now retired. I taught Homd Ec. in Sioux Center 2 yrs. Have 2 girls and 2 son-in-laws who atteneed ISU.
    Wondering where you live in Ankeny? We live in a Independent Living Community in No. Ames. Windsor Oaks. Harriet

  2. Today’s NewsStand : Iowa Hospital Association Blog Says:

    […] Five stars in any language Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Ankeny, Iowa couple whose impromptu piano duet in the Gonda building atrium at Mayo Clinic has been seen more than 7 million times on YouTube, are now officially international media sensations. (Sharing Mayo Clinic) […]

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