The student outreach program with Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist will be directed to students in grades 6-8. Pandolfi believes at this age students need to be “impressed.” He will select a composer such as Franz Liszt, who was a “rock star” in his day and talk about his highly dramatic personal life, showing students how his music reflects some of that drama, but also how it contributed to musical history. At this age students are becoming much more socially aware and want to hear about the details of artists’ lives that are socially interesting and “cool.”
He will also demonstrate how some of the “acrobatics” at the piano keyboard can hold the attention of an audience. He will perform some unusual repertoires for one hand alone that is made to sound like two hands, and he’ll demonstrate an energetic crossover style, explaining how the technique not only intrigues audiences but also relates to music history.