A CAPACITY audience had the privilege and pleasure of hearing Australian Pianist, Simon Tedeschi, present a concert entitled "Gershwin and Me" at St. Paul's Parish Hall on Friday evening. The concert was presented by Snowy Monaro Arts Council Inc. in association with Musica Viva Australia.
In his programme, Tedeschi explored Gershwin's music, his friends, his swing and his complexity. Tedeschi took his audience on a journey of discovery through the worlds of improvisation, classical bravura and blues. He began his concert with "Rialto River Rag", the first Gershwin piece published and ended with his own arrangement of the well-known "Rhapsody in Blue". In between, the audience was treated to other Gershwin classics (for example, "Lady be Good") as well as pieces by Percy Grainger, Debussy ("Clair de Lune"), Chopin, Dave Brubeck, Fats Waller and Rachmaninov. A standing ovation given by an appreciative and enthusiastic audience followed the last piece. As an Encore, Tedeschi played his own boogie arrangement of "The Flight of the Bumble Bee". It was a wonderful evening of music.
The next concert organised by the Snowy Monaro Arts Council will be "Young at Art" on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 7.30pm in St. Paul's Parish Hall. Tickets are available from the Fabric Salon. "Young at Art" each year showcases the talents of young people in this area.