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Powell Piano Series to feature Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Tuesday, October 21, 2008JOHNSON CITY – Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi will perform in the East Tennessee State University Department of Music’s Powell Piano Series on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Mathes Hall.

Pompa-Baldi won the gold medal in the 1999 Cleveland (Ohio) International Piano Competition and the silver at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. He has toured extensively on four continents and performed at many of the world’s major concert venues, including Milan’s Sala Verdi, Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysees, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall.

The New York Times describes him as having “fluid technique and a fiery Romantic temperament,” and the Los Angeles Times says, “Pompa-Baldi knew how to suspend time, letting a phrase hover and expand in poised inner stillness.”

A Steinway Artist and Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pompa-Baldi will present a program of works by Schumann, Liszt, Martucci, Chopin and Granados.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The Powell Piano Series began in the fall of 2007 in honor of Jim and Sandy Powell and is dedicated to the advancement of solo piano performance by outstanding national and international artists.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the ETSU Department of Music at (423) 439-4276.


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