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Anthony Molinaro to Perform at Malone University

amRenowned pianist, Anthony Molinaro, will perform at Malone University as part of the Faculty Artist Series, Monday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public. A program follows:

Hailed as "one of the hottest young pianists in the world," Anthony Molinaro's stunning performances and unique versatility have captivated audiences and critics alike since his victory at the 1997 Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York City. Acclaimed for his "edge-of-the-seat brilliance" and "musically imaginative mind," Mr. Molinaro's performances have taken him to major music centers throughout the country including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and New York's Alice Tully Hall. He has been featured on Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, The Young Artist Series at the Kravis Center, The Santa Fe Jazz Festival, The Charles Vanda Master Series in Las Vegas, The Grand Teton Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival among many others. He has appeared as guest soloist with more than fifty symphony orchestras. Outside the U.S., Anthony has recently toured throughout France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. In addition to his traditional concert repertoire, Mr. Molinaro is also a gifted composer and jazz artist, giving him a musical dimension uncommon to artists of his generation. In November 2004 he premiered his first Piano Concerto with the Catskill Symphony and later that year debuted his band arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Molinaro records exclusively for Nineteen-Eight Records, a label he founded in 2001 to support creative music of all genres. His debut CD, The Bach Sessions features The Goldberg Variations and the F Minor and A Major Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton. His wildly popular follow-up recording, New Blue, is a Gershwin album featuring his own solo version of Rhapsody in Blue as well as arrangements and improvisations on the Gershwin classics Summertime, Someone To Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, and I Got Rhythm. His collaboration with the harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy was highlighted by a live recording from the famed Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago (The Molinaro-Levy Project – featured in the February 2004 issue of Downbeat Magazine) and his latest recording, Canto Per Mio Padre, features music of Schubert / Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Debussy. Mr. Molinaro currently lives in his native Chicago where he is an assistant professor of music at Loyola University. He studied at the University of North Texas and Northwestern University and has won several awards in addition to the Naumburg Prize, most notably the William C. Byrd International Piano Competition and the 1995 National Piano Fellowship from the American Pianist Association. When not concertizing, Anthony devotes considerable time to music education and for three summers coordinated a music program for physically challenged children in South Hampton, New York. He is also an avid runner and recently took up the sport of triathlon.

For more, visit his website at:

http://www.anthonymolinaro.com/

 

 

Program:

 

Canto Per Mio Padre (Intro)………………………………………………………..Anthony Molinaro

 

Clair De Lune…………………………………………………………………………………Debussy

 

Gretchen am Spinnrade………………………………………………………………..Schubert / Liszt

 

Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2…………………………………………………………………….Brahms

 

Andante (from Sonata for Cello and Piano).. ………………………………Rachmaninoff / Molinaro

 

Der Muller und Der Bach……………………………………………………………...Schubert / Liszt

 

Ave Maria……………………………………………………………………………..Schubert / Liszt

 

Arabesque…………………………………………………………………………………….Debussy

 

Canto Per Mio Padre……………………………………………………………….Anthony Molinaro