Posts Tagged ‘Marlow Cowan’

Five Stars in Any Language

April 5, 2010

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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KARE on the Cowans

March 3, 2010

When Marlow and Fran Cowan returned to Mayo Clinic last week for an encore performance of their viral piano playing duet, reporter Julie Nelson from KARE TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul) was on hand for it, and also sat down with the Cowans for an interview. Her story ran last night, and you can view it here.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune also has a nice article about the Cowans in this morning’s edition. And last week KAAL, KTTC and the Rochester Post-Bulletin all had coverage of the encore performance.

To see more video from their performance, go this playlist on the Mayo Clinic channel on YouTube.

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Mayo Clinic “Octogenarian Idols” Appear on Good Morning America

May 25, 2009

Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Iowa couple whose piano duet in the atrium of Mayo Clinic’s Gonda building has been viewed more than 2 million times since April 7, were featured this morning, May 26, on Good Morning America, live from ABC’s Times Square studio in New York.

I had an opportunity to interview Mr. and Mrs. Cowan last week in their Ankeny, IA home. They shared the story of their trip to Mayo Clinic and how their impromptu concert made its way to worldwide fame, as well as the philosophy of life that shows in their YouTube performance:

Mr. Cowan was 89 last September when the original video was shot; he turned 90 in February, which officially makes him a “nonagenarian idol.”

See the original post that includes their piano duet here, and click here to see the story of Sharon Turner, the Mayo Clinic patient who shot that video, as told by her daughter Jodi Hume, who uploaded the video to YouTube.

See also Mayo Clinic’s YouTube channel, Facebook “fan” page and Twitter account.

Update: See the Cowans’ Good Morning America appearance on the ABC Web site.

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