WOLFEBORO — On Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. pianist Thomas Pandolfi will bring his acclaimed program "One Singular Night: Music of George Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch" to Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall. This finale concert in the Wolfeboro Friends of Music's seventy-ninth year is sponsored by Benefit Strategies, LLC, and a Season Sponsor.
Juilliard trained Pandolfi has been hailed as one of America's finest virtuoso pianists, sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. The Washington Post has described him as "an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line," and the Bucharest Cultural Observer [Hungary] extolled his "virtuosity, beautiful touch, sensitivity and broad scope...logical phrasing and expressive percussiveness...a soloist whom we would like to hear again." Indeed
Pandolfi has had multiple return engagements to Eastern Europe, the most recent being December 2014 in the cities of Chisinau, Moldova, and Tiraspol, Transnistria. In the past seven seasons his solo and ensemble recitals, coupled with multiple orchestral performances have placed him in concert halls nationwide, and in Canada, Germany, and two tours in China.
Wolfeboro's "One Singular Night" will open with Gershwin's 1927 Solo Version of "Rhapsody in Blue," "a thrill ride of skyrocketing notes" and one of the ten most performed works of the 20th century. The all Gershwin first half will continue with a kaleidoscopic auditory display of the composer's musical genius at blending the elements of pop, blues and jazz. The second half of the program, "Hamlisch Fantasy," Virtuoso Fantasy on Marvin Hamlisch's most beloved melodies) will bring the Oscar, Pulitzer and Grammy award winning composer's prolific legacy to the stage with selections from his more than forty motion picture scores, including "The Way We Were", "A Chorus Line," "Ice Castles" and "Sophie's Choice."
Tickets are available for $25 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling 569-2151; or by visiting the website: www.wfriendsofmusic.org. Please note WFOM's special policy: high school students with ID will be admitted free of charge. A child accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge.
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