Thomas Pandolfi will perform on March 8

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Thomas Pandolfi

CAMBRIDGE — Thomas Pandolfi will play selections by George Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch in Christ Church’s Cambridge Concert Series, on March 8 at 4 p.m.

The American pianist is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique, a statement from the church said.

His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally in the “Pops” genre, Thomas Pandolfi is critically acclaimed in performances of Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Concerto in F (Gershwin), Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell) and the James Bond Concerto.

He has collaborated with several conductors and is an outstanding cross-over artist. Thomas Pandolfi’s virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marvin Hamlisch are in much demand.

For the 2016-2017 season he wrote transcriptions in unique programs entitled “Burt, Barry and Beyond” (the music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow) and “Somewhere Tonight in America: A 20th Century Celebration”, including a magnificent transcription of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” British composer, Simon Proctor, has also written a “Sinatra Piano Concerto” for Mr. Pandolfi, which coincided with the 100th birthday celebration of Mr. Sinatra during last season, and a brand new “Andrew Lloyd Webber Concerto”, also for Mr. Pandolfi.

Following a violin concerto for Midori, and a saxophone concerto for Brandford Marsalis, film and concert composers Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Vassar Kluge composed The American Piano Concerto for Mr. Pandolfi, which was an absolutely smashing success at its world premiere in May, 2016 with Mr. Pandolfi as soloist, co-composer Kim Kluge on the podium and The Alexandria Symphony.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a scholarship student. He is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter, and resides in Washington, D.C.

Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge, is located on the corner of High and Church streets. There will be a reception after the concert. Tickets are $10 at the door with students free. Call 410-228-3161.