Wellsboro Community Concert Association presents American Pianist Thomas Pandolfi on November 16

Wellsboro Community Concert Association presents American Pianist Thomas Pandolfi on November 16Thomas Pandolfi. Provided photo.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, Thomas Pandolfi, an exceptionally accomplished American pianist, will perform “One Singular Night: The Music of George Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch” in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro. This is the second concert in the Wellsboro Community Concert Association’s 72nd season. 

Pandolfi is showered with superlatives by critics “for his passionate artistry and amazing technique” at the piano. According to reviewers, “His remarkably warm and communicative tone projects the poetry and emotion of whatever he plays. He truly touches the hearts of all who hear him. “His virtuosity is breathtaking, and his sense of phrasing and command of style are marvelous.” 

“Not only is he a convincing artist at the piano, but he is also skillful in engaging the audience before each piece with helpful comments on what to expect to hear,” wrote a critic. “His artistry and technique were simply astonishing,” wrote another.

During the performance at Wellsboro, Pandolfi will play Gershwin’s solo version of “Rhapsody in Blue”; “Prelude No. 2 in C Sharp Minor (Blue Lullaby)” and a medley of Gershwin tunes, such as “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “The Man I Love,” and “I Got Rhythm.” Pandolfi will conclude the concert with “Hamlisch Fantasy,” his own virtuoso interpretation of melodies Hamlisch wrote including “I Hope I Get It,” “What I Did for Love,” and “One”, all from A Chorus Line” and “The Way We Were”. Following the concert, Pandolfi will be available to sign CDs for audience members.

Gershwin (1898-1937) was an American composer and pianist known for his Broadway musicals and world famous orchestral compositions, including “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris” and the opera “Porgy and Bess”. 

Hamlisch (1944-2012) was an American composer, pianist and conductor who wrote the music for the iconic Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” and for films, such as “Roses and Rainbows” for “The Devil and Max Devlin” and “Nobody Does It Better,” the theme from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

Pandolfi’s international concerts have taken him across the globe to China and Europe as well as a Canadian debut in British Columbia. His orchestral appearances often feature masterpiece concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt. An outstanding cross-over artist, Pandolfi is also in demand for his critically acclaimed “Pops” genre performances of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and his virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Hamlisch, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow.

In 2006, Pandolfi released his first CD, and since then has recorded ten additional ones, including “Language of Infinity” (Chopin), “Gypsy Passages” (Liszt), “Into the Night with Gershwin”, and the “Paderewski Piano Concerto” recorded in the Czech Republic with the Moravian Philharmonic. 

He has collaborated with numerous noted conductors and also enjoys working with new composers. In particular, Pandolfi has championed the “Pops” concertos of British composer, Simon Proctor, including the world premier performance in London of Proctor’s “James Bond Concerto” in the 2010-11 season. During the 2019-2020 season Pandolfi is scheduled to perform the world premier of the “Bohemian Concerto” by British-Argentine composer, Polo Piatti. 

Born in Washington, D.C., Pandolfi grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland. Following graduation from Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md., he spent six years at the Juilliard School in New York City where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. He then began his performing career as a pianist.

There is still time for adults to buy a Wellsboro Community Concert Association season ticket for $70, which will lower the cost by $30 to attend all five remaining concerts. The price at the door is $20 per concert for adults and $5 for students and children.

Information and season ticket subscription forms are available by visiting www.wellsborocca.org, stopping in at the Deane Center at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro, or by calling (570) 724-6220. 

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