Standing ovation

Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi who has performed internationally delighted the audience with his Gershwin & Me concert. Held in St Paul's church hall. Here he is presenting his encore, his own arrangement of the Flight of the Bumble Bee, in boogie style.

Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi who has performed internationally delighted the audience with his Gershwin & Me concert. Held in St Paul's church hall. Here he is presenting his encore, his own arrangement of the Flight of the Bumble Bee, in boogie style.

Gilbert Wallace celebrated his 86th birthday attending the concert and met folk from Berridale and beyond Jindabyne; cousins Michael and Adrian Hinchey and Di Cook.

Gilbert Wallace celebrated his 86th birthday attending the concert and met folk from Berridale and beyond Jindabyne; cousins Michael and Adrian Hinchey and Di Cook.

Musical mates and brothers, pianists Niko and Kai Bakker with brass players Pierre and Tim Wall. A Chopin lover, Kai appreciated the Aeolian Harp-like Etude, Niko enjoyed the Rono Alla Turk Blues after Mozart, Pierre fancied the Boogie Bumble Bee encore while Tim chose the ever popular Gershwin number Rhapsody in Blue as his favourite piece of the night.

Musical mates and brothers, pianists Niko and Kai Bakker with brass players Pierre and Tim Wall. A Chopin lover, Kai appreciated the Aeolian Harp-like Etude, Niko enjoyed the Rono Alla Turk Blues after Mozart, Pierre fancied the Boogie Bumble Bee encore while Tim chose the ever popular Gershwin number Rhapsody in Blue as his favourite piece of the night.

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PICTURED LEFT: Heather Little, left, commented that she was exhausted just watching Simon Tedeschi's hand move across the piano keyboard throughout his performance. Local piano teacher Marie Cox thought Simon's pedaling was exquisite and his memory phenomenal. While jazz is not her favourite genre, Marie thought his playing of it was fantastic.

PICTURED LEFT: Heather Little, left, commented that she was exhausted just watching Simon Tedeschi's hand move across the piano keyboard throughout his performance. Local piano teacher Marie Cox thought Simon's pedaling was exquisite and his memory phenomenal. While jazz is not her favourite genre, Marie thought his playing of it was fantastic.

A standing ovation following the brilliant performance by international pianist Simon Tedeschi.

A standing ovation following the brilliant performance by international pianist Simon Tedeschi.

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.

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