BIG ARTS Season 2013 - 2014
John Pizzarelli Quartet
Friday, January 24, 2014
Concert will be followed by a wine and dessert reception
Returning to Sanibel as the featured performer for this special BIG ARTS fundraising event, Grammy nominated jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli was hailed by the Boston Globe for "reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz."
Inspired by legendary crooner, Nat 'King' Cole, Pizzarelli notes, "I've always said in my concerts that Nat 'King' Cole is why I do what I do" but "we aren't trying to copy him. His sound was singular and inspired. I've always said we're an extension, a 21st century version of what that group was."
John Pizzarelli has been called "hip with a wink" by Town & Country and "madly creative" by the Los Angeles Times.
All BIG ARTS members will receive an invitation to this special event.
Tickets for this special event will go on sale to the public in December.
John M. & Mary Jo Boler
Chico's FAS, Inc.
FineMark National Bank and Trust
'Tween Waters Inn
The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo
7:30 pm, Thursday, February 6, 2014
Champagne & Dessert Reception Following the Performance
You won't want to miss the splendor two of Steinway's finest artists as the duo takes their places at two Steinway grand pianos on the Schein Performance Hall Stage.
Gaining international attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo won the only national competition for piano duo in the U.S. at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Praised as a "diva of the piano" by Salt Lake City Tribune, Marina Lomazov has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and China and has won prizes in the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Hilton Head international piano competitions. Lomazov was also the first pianist to be awarded the Artist Diploma at the Eastman School of Music in nearly two decades.
Praised for "unflappable virtuosity" in American Record Guide, Joseph Rackers also has a long list of worldwide performance credits to his name and is the recipient of the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Steinway artists, Lomazov and Rackers each hold a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music and both serve on the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music where they co-direct the Southeastern Piano Festival.