With the success of his PBS television show "Paul Bisaccia and The Great American Piano" Paul introduces a new CD and a new concert program - The Great American Piano Revisited. The Cheshire Public Library will present this concert as part of their Sunday Showcase series.
Paul’s new concert offering for 2013 based on his CD contains world premieres by Gershwin and others. It is a sweeping panorama of American music- some pieces never before heard. The concert includes performances of unpublished Gershwin including his now earliest known work – an exhuberant rag, and his last known work, a nocturne for Lily Pons. Also rarely played rags by Eubie Blake and Scott Joplin, Billy Joel’s eloquent “New York State of Mind”, Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, a new arrangement of Amazing Grace written for Paul by the great American composer John Thomas, a rousing “Variations on Battle Hymn of the Republic”, Bisaccia’s own arrangement of the march “Semper Fidelis” by John Phillip Sousa, Gottschalk’s “Tournament Galop” and (it doesn’t get more “up to the minute” American than this) a side-splitting arrangement of the theme from “The Simpsons”. Paul’s talent for making the music come alive with stories and anecdotes will make you want to wave the flag.
This concert is free and open to the public and was funded by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library.