The College of Southern Maryland will host a free concert by pianist Thomas Pandolfi 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
Pandolfini will play classics of Frederic Chopin to medleys of Broadway and popular songs of American composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
“We are excited to present CSM’s first ever virtual music recital as part of the Benny C. Morgan Concert Series,” said Acting Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Stephen Johnson. “It is fitting that our first guest performer in an online medium is Thomas Pandolfi. Maestro Pandolfi has performed in CSM’s Ward Virts Concert Series twice before in the last eight years — second only to inaugural guest performer Brian Ganz in number of performances.
“During these pandemic times, the performing arts have had to find innovative ways to provide the entertainment that the public wants,” CSM acting associate dean of liberal arts and chair of visual and performing arts Stephen Johnson said. “Mr. Pandolfi joins both professional and amateur musicians who have tackled the platform of virtual performances with great success. He will be presenting his CSM performance in the informal setting of his own living room; we are thrilled to have him kick off our year of virtual performances in music.”
The Washington, D.C.-based pianist began his career at The Juilliard School where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree and where the young prodigy caught the influential ears of Vladimir Horowitz, who would become his mentor, along with legendary composer Morton Gould who said Pandolfi’s playing is “the finest performance of Gershwin I have heard since the composer himself.”
He has sold out such venues as the Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Kiev Opera House, Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum and London’s Cadogan Hall and many others.
In addition to being hailed as one of the greatest interpreters of Polish masters such as Chopin and Paderewski, this versatile pianist has received accolades from everything from Bach to Gershwin, with Morton Gould saying,
His original and virtuosic transcriptions of works such as West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera, are one-of-a-kind, jaw-dropping, and dramatic encores that keep audiences of all ages returning to his performances again and again. Pandolfi is a Steinway artist and when he is not on tour, resides in Washington, D.C., and is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter.
The concert is part of the Benny C. Morgan Series, which is presented by sponsors Johnny Alvey and the CSM Foundation. The series is also supported by the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.
To view the performance, go to www.youtube.com/user/CSMDTube after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.
More CSM events
• A free virtual transfer fair will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, to Thursday, Oct. 15; Tuesday, Oct. 20, to Thursday, Oct. 222; and Tuesday, Oct. 27, to Thursday, Oct. 29. Representatives from more than colleges and universities will be on hand. Registration required. Go to https://mdacc.org/college-of-southern-maryland-virtual-transfer-fair-fall-2020.
• A Pros and Cons of Starting a Business virtual webinar will be held 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Greg Page, the founder and CEO of PAGE Healthcare, will discuss what factors you should consider before becoming a business owner, and take advantage of the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of being your own boss. Registration required. The webinar is part of the Business Speaker Series.
• A free virtual Financial Literacy Seminar will be held 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Learn about smart money management, investing, credit cards, and ways to finance your education. Industry professionals will provide tips to help college students improve their financial literacy. Registration required. Go to https://csmd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvcu2orDksGN3uKC5BkdT-n3JpY0H1_Adx.
• A free discussion titled Liberty and Justice for All? The History of Voting Rights in America will be held 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. CSM professor of history and humanities and social sciences department chair Christine Arnold-Lourie will explain the evolution of American voting rights, how certain populations were denied the right to vote, the hard-fought battles to gain suffrage and the discriminatory voting practices that still exist. Registration required.
• A free Night of Engineering will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Learn about CSM’s mechanical engineering and electrical engineering partnership with the University of Maryland College Park and Patuxent River Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. Registration required.