The Sebrich Thomas Pandolfi
Sembrich ends season with Thomas Pandolfi Piano Recital
August 31 concert features Liszt transcriptions of Verdi and Wagner
The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, concludes its TITANS of OPERA themed summer season of events with a recital by pianist Thomas Pandolfi on Saturday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $30.
“The Sembrich is a fantastic setting for a concert, as it is not only fabulously picturesque and charming, but also evokes the ambiance of the European salon concerts from a bygone era,” says Mr. Pandolfi. “I'm very much looking forward to my return visit, and in particular, this concert program which will feature some of the great Liszt transcriptions from Wagner and Verdi operas (in addition to some other favorite pianistic masterworks) in celebration of the 200th anniversary of both composers' births.”
Thomas Pandolfi's program will begin with charming music from the Baroque period, featuring two of Domenico Scarlatti's 550 sonatas for the keyboard, and then continue to the Classical Period to highlight one of Beethoven's greatest and most beloved Piano Sonatas, the "Pathetique", composed in 1798 when the composer was just 27 years old. The first half of the concert will conclude with three transcriptions: Robert Schumann's impassioned song, "Widmung", which he wrote as a wedding gift for his beloved Clara, in the gorgeous solo piano transcription by Franz Liszt; the Grande Etude No. 2 based on Paganini's 17th Violin Caprice; and the Miserere paraphrase from Verdi's Il Trovatore, in honor of that Italian opera master's anniversary year.
After intermission, Mr. Pandolfi will focus on music of Wagner, the other "anniversary composer," as transcribed for solo piano by Franz Liszt; first, one of the most ravishingly, sensually beautiful melodies ever written, "Liebstod" from Tristan and Isolde, and the stratospherically difficult Overture from Tannhauser.
Thomas Pandolfi is sought after by audiences worldwide and praised by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. He has performed with numerous orchestras both abroad and nationwide, and his current 15-state recital tour includes debuts with the Debuque Symphony on their Gala Opening Night, The National Philharmonic at The Strathmore Music Center in Maryland, and the Wilson Symphony in North Carolina.
"We're delighted to welcome phenomenal young piano virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi back to The Sembrich," says artistic director Richard Wargo. "This program, featuring dazzling arrangements by Liszt of Verdi and Wagner masterworks, seems a festive and fitting way to conclude what has been a truly memorable summer at The Sembrich!"