Pianist Anthony Molinaro to perform at Malone University September 20
September 9, 2013 | Release # 6705
Pianist Anthony Molinaro will perform at Malone University Friday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. The program is free and open to the public.
The Chicago Tribune calls Anthony Molinaro, "Genre-defying... an original, often iconoclastic thinker equipped with a leonine technique."
Since his victory at the 1997 Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York City, Anthony Molinaro's stunning performances and unique versatility have captivated audiences and critics alike.
Acclaimed for his "edge-of-the-seat brilliance" and "musically imaginative mind," Molinaro's performances have taken him to major music centers throughout the country including Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New York's Alice Tully Hall, and Chicago's Symphony Center.
He has been featured on Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, The Young Artist Series at the Kravis Center, The Irving S. Gilmore Festival, The Charles Vanda Master Series in Las Vegas, and at The Santa Fe Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Grand Teton Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival among many others. He has appeared as guest soloist with nearly fifty symphony orchestras including the Arkansas, Boise, Lake Forest, Louisville, Napa Valley, Naples, Richmond, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras.
He has also performed with the Canton, Cape Cod, Eugene, Flint, Savannah and Catskill Symphonies, as well as with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of the U.S., Molinaro has recently concertized in France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Canada; and headlined at leading clubs for improvised music including Chicago's Green Mill, Toronto's The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar, Vienna's Porgy and Bess, Amsterdam's Bimhuis, Munich's Unterfahrt, and Zurich's Moods to name a few.
In addition to his traditional concert repertoire, Molinaro is a gifted composer, arranger and improviser, giving him a musical dimension uncommon to artists of his generation. He often plays his own cadenzas in Mozart and Beethoven concerti, and his "free-wheeling" and "unconventional" rendition of Rhapsody in Blue features improvised cadenzas. In November 2005, he premiered his Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Catskill Symphony, and later that year debuted his big 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 Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy was highlighted by a live recording from the famed Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago; and his 2010 recording, Canto Per Mio Padre, features music of Schubert / Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy. His highly anticipated solo piano album exploring music of The Beatles, Here, There and Everywhere, will release in the fall of 2013.
Molinaro has performed on PBS, WTTW's Chicago Tonight, and on the popular Italian program Il Senso della Vita. He is also a frequent guest on Chicago's WFMT, and has been featured in numerous publications including the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Downbeat magazine, and the recently released book, The New Face of Jazz (2010).
Molinaro 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 Pianists Association. When not concertizing, Molinaro devotes considerable time to music education beyond Loyola University, and for three summers coordinated a music program for physically challenged children in South Hampton, New York. Molinaro is a Yamaha Artist and an avid runner and triathlete.
The program, titled Here, There and Everywhere: Exploring Music of The Beatles, will feature Anthony's unique interpretation of classic songs including "Blackbird," "Yesterday," "Something," "The Long and Winding Road" and more. The program will also include his "Prelude and Fugue" based on themes from "Norwegian Wood" and "In My Life."
Hear Anthony Molinaro's interpretation of The Beatles' "Blackbird" here.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014 , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
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