Pianist at Bistro series

Posted: December 13, 2012

Star staff report

Winchester — Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Bistro Concert series at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury.

The event is open to the public. The admission fee is $10 at the door.

Pandolfi has played for large audiences in major concert venues across the United States and in Germany, Eastern Europe, China, Canada and England.

This will be his fourth performance in the Bistro at Westminster-Canterbury.

He is considered among the leading interpreters of the piano works of Liszt and Chopin and composers of their era, according to Robert Sherwood, coordinator of the series.

He will play works by Liszt, Scarlatti, Schubert, Schumann, Reger, Tchaikovsky and others.

Pandolfi is also highly regarded for his interpretation of the works of George Gershwin, and he will play three preludes by the popular American composer.

Critics have noted Pandolfi’s intensity, technical brilliance, strength and virtuosity, both in solo recitals and in concerts with numerous orchestras. He is highly regarded for his extensive and challenging repertoire, Sherwood said.

The Washington Post praised him as a “master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line .. exquisite ... exceptionally articulate.” He holds two degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied as a scholarship student.

Morgan’s Tavern will remain open through the intermission of the concert.

In January, the Bistro concert will feature Hot Club Millwood, a group devoted to the swing jazz of Paris in the 1930s and 1940s.

Call 540-665-0156.

svwc.org/bistroconcerts