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‘Piano kids’ concert a key addition to noontime concerts at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 11, 2002 -- The "piano kids"— children from various schools and towns in Rhode Island—will get an opportunity to play the newly-restored Steinway baby grand piano in the University of Rhode Island’s Memorial Union. A noontime concert, jointly sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Memorial Union Board, will be held there on Wednesday, April 17 from noon to 1 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Joe Parillo, a jazz pianist who heads the jazz program at URI, dubs the young piano students "piano kids." The concert grew out of a request from a parent asking if her child could perform. Parillo began auditioning other talented students recommended by local piano teachers.

"We’ve had faculty, students, and staff members perform this semester at our noontime concerts. I thought, why not children?" said Parillo, noontime concert coordinator. "URI’s Music Department wants to encourage their work as musicians. The concert is a great venue to offer them a performance place."

The program is as follows:

Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827
Performed by Michael Simeone of North Kingstown

Song Without Words Fritz Spindler, 1817-1905
Allegretto Cornelius Gurlitt, 1820-1901
Performed by Jaclyn Chan of Warwick

A Warlike Dance Dmitri Kabaleski, 1904-1987
Ladies Gossiping Aram Khatchaturian, 1903-1978
Performed by Angela Cardarelli of Exeter

A Taste of Honey Bobby Scott
Performed by Connor Hesketh of West Kingston

Fantaisie-Impromptu Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
Performed by Brianna Paolino of Warwick

To the Spring Edvard Grieg, 1843-1907
Performed by Gina Bessacini of North Kingstown

Sonatina in C Major Daniel Kuhlau, 1786-1832
Dizzy Fingers Zez Comfrey
Performed by Anthony Cardarelli of Exeter

Michael Simeone is a student of Mr. Louis Gianquitti, Angela Cardarelli, Anthony Cardarelli, Jaclyn Chan, and Brianna Paolino are students of Ms. Susan Laurence, Connor Hesketh is a student of Mr. Michael Toro, and Gina Bessacini is a student of Dr. Donald Rankin.

For Information: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

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