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Le Moyne College Hosts Weekend of the American Piano

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a series of concerts devoted to the American piano Friday through Sunday, March 30 – April 1, at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts.<br /> <br /> The piano is the most studied and performed instrument in the western world. Although European in origin, the piano has been seminal in the development of music in America from the salon era of Mark Twain to the pop era of Billy Joel and Elton John. Please join us for this retrospective of yesterday and today.<br /> <br /> Andrew Russo – March 30, 7:30 p.m.<br /> In his first CNY solo recital since being nominated for a 2007 GRAMMY Award, Le Moyne’s Artist-in-residence celebrates the release of his new solo album, “A Dirty Little Secret,” a selection of short jazz-inspired American pieces. This special program will also include the world premiere of a new work by Marc Mellits, commissioned for and perfomed on the J. Howland Auchincloss Piano.<br /> <br /> Bruce Brubaker – March 31, 7:30 p.m.<br /> Brubaker is as much a philosopher and narrator as he is a great musician. A kind of Garrison Keillor figure, Brubaker can palpably evoke what it means to be American through his thoughtful commentary and programming.<br /> <br /> Anthony Molinaro – April 1, 2 p.m.<br /> Naumburg International Piano Competition winner and CNY favorite Anthony Molinaro moves between the worlds of jazz and classical music with the fluency of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. Come and hear Molinaro improvise on his own original works as well as standard tunes by icons like Gershwin and Ellington.<br /> <br /> This concert is funded in part by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Decentralization Grant program administrated by the Cultural Resources Council. <br /> <br /> Tickets are $12 general/$7 seniors. All students are free. For more information, call 445-4523.</p>
posted on: 3/14/2007