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Fairfield Concert Association presents classical pianist

Mar 15, 2017

The Fairfield Concert Association presents Julian Gargiulo’s varied program, “Piano Conversations,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Gargiulo is a dynamic classical pianist who performs the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision, and fills the concert hall with his personal brand of charm, humor and charisma.

His curly, rebellious and untamed hair plays its own part in this unusual pianist’s performances. Though he’s not likely to burn any of the Steinway pianos he performs on in a Jimi Hendrix-like fashion, you never walk into a Julian Gargiulo performance knowing exactly what to expect.

According to the Huffington Post, if you had to describe Gargiulo, it might be a tough choice between a charismatic virtuoso who can deliver a joke, and a sarcastic storyteller who works the crowd humorously.

Born and educated in Italy, Gargiulo has dual U.S. and Italian citizenship and currently resides in New York City.

He has studied at conservatories in Italy, Russia and the U.S. where he has earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland. He is the founder and artistic director of the Water Island Music Festival in the Virgin Islands, and he has performed throughout the world.

Gargiulo encompasses some familiar classical pieces like the De Falla Fire Dance, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee and Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude as well as several of his own interesting pieces. But you will walk out never looking or listening to classical music the same, and you will most likely learn things you never knew about the lives of the composers he’s featured.

Fairfield Concert Association members are admitted free to the performance with proof of membership.

General admission tickets are available to the public for $20 and are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and online www.FairfieldACC.com.

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