Feb 17

COVELLI & FRIENDS – TOCCATA TO TOCCANTA FEB. 24 AT 2 PM

Come in from the cold on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy Maestro John Covelli on piano joined by a very special group of local musicians. This is a rare opportunity to hear the rich musical textures created by adding flute, cello and vocals to already exciting piano repertoire.

As part of the Classical Plus Concert Series, The Goodwill Theatre will present John Covelli & Friends, Sunday February 24 at 2 p.m. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2012-2013 Classical Plus Concert Series is sponsored by NBT Bank.

John Covelli opened the first concert in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage which grew into this very popular concert series. The majority of the concerts are comprised of solo piano by John followed by an accompanist of stature. This is the largest cornucopia of artists to grace the Schorr Stage in this concert series. Previous concerts featuring Maestro Covelli at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage have sold out, reservations are strongly encouraged.

“Each year John elevates the level of programming he brings to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. We are delighted that he has chosen pieces which include these talented local performers for this winter concert.” – CEO Naima Kradjian

John Covelli and flutist Jeanne Sperber, cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek and vocalist Steven Nanni will perform American composer Henry Cowell’s ‘Toccanta’. This is an absolutely haunting and beautiful piece that was written while Cowell was imprisoned in San Quentin in the 1930s’. Jeanne Sperber has performed at the Schorr Stage on multiple occasions in a classical music format in addition to Jazz Jams with Al Hamme. This will mark the debut appearance of cellist Hakan Tayga Hromek to the Schorr Stage. Tenor Steven Nanni has enjoyed local, national and international acclaim with his voice. Pianist John Isenberg has performed with Tri Cities Opera, Binghamton Downtown Singers and the Summer Savoyards.

John Isenberg will join John Covelli for Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Capriccio Espagnol for Four Hands’. Originally written for a full orchestra, Rimsky-Korsakov created a new arrangement for ‘Capriccio Espagnol’ as a piano duo. This challenging piece surely will amaze those who see and hear it performed. The piece moves very fast at times with a driving Spanish dance tempo.

The afternoon’s program will also include: Frederick Werle’s ‘Toccata’, Robert Schumann’s ‘Fantasiestucke op. 12’ (Fantasy Pieces), Debussy’s ‘Images’, Beethoven’s ‘Sonata No. 27 in A Major op. 101’ and Ottorino Respighi’s ‘Nocturne’.

Tickets for John Covelli and Friends are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students. You can purchase tickets online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. Previous concerts featuring Maestro Covelli at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage have sold out, reservations are strongly encouraged.