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‘A Night of Gershwin’ coming to The Prizery

The young American pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform an all Gershwin program “A Night of Gershwin” on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. on The Prizery stage.

Pandolfi will perform on The Prizery 9’ Steinway Concert Grand.

One of America’s greatest composers, Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique, according to Prizery Artistic Director Chris Jones.

His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. 

Additionally in the “Pops” genre, he is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.

Pandolfi’s career has already included performances with such European orchestras as The George Enescu Philharmonic, The Cluj Philharmonic, The Oltenia Philharmonic (Craiova), The Moravian Philharmonic, The National Philharmonic of the Republic of Moldova and The Aberystwyth Symphony in Wales, as well as the American symphony orchestras of Mississippi, Cedar Rapids, Asheville, Princeton, San Angelo, York, Fairfax, Northbrook, Great Falls and Owensboro to name but a few. 

He has collaborated with such conductors as Dimitru Goia, Sabin Pautza, Emil Seigbert Maxim, Peter Schmelzer, Mihail Agafita, Grigori Moseico, David Russell Hulme, Murry Sidlin, Michael Luxner, Andreas Delfs, Christian Tiemeyer, Ron Spigelman, William Kushner, Nicholas Palmer, William Hudson, Kirk Muspratt, Kim Allen Kluge, Robert Hart Baker, Crafton Beck, Lawrence Rapchak, Gordon Johnson, Philip Bauman, Anthony Maiello and Vincent Zito.

Equally popular as a recitalist, Pandolfi has appeared in concert halls nationwide. 

The Washington Post has described him as “an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line. Pandolfi possesses first-rate technical skills, an unerring comma and of phrasing, a quicksilver touch and cunning legerdemain when it comes to pedaling...etched with calm and crystal clarity...outstanding.” New York Concert Review has characterized Pandolfi’s interpretations as containing “high level pianism and tasteful, diversified musical ideas...crystalline texture and deft coloration... charm and bracing elan.”

Audiences during 2013-14 will enjoy his artistry in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Montana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Florida, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Utah and North Carolina. 

Pandolfi also will be making his debut with the Dubuque Symphony on Gala Opening Night in Gershwin’s Concerto in F, and his debut with The National Philharmonic at The Strathmore Music Center in Richard Strauss’ Burleske for Piano and Orchestra for their closing concert of the season. 

He also will be guest soloist with Symphonicity on their Gala Opening in Rodrigo’s “Heroic” Piano Concerto, the St. Augustine Orchestra in the Grieg Piano Concerto, and the Wilson Symphony in the Grieg as well.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees as a scholarship student.

Call 434-572-8339 for tickets.  A cash bar will open one hour prior to the performance.  Patrons are invited to take their cocktails into the theatre to enjoy along with the concert. 

His concert will include “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “The Man I Love,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Oh Lady be Good,” “Embraceable You” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” (1927 solo version)