100 Years of Rhapsody in Blue

Friday, August 30, 2024 at 7:00 pm at The Stissing Center 

2950 Church Street
Pine Plains, NY 12567

Kathleen Beckmann, Conductor
Paul Bisaccia, Guest Pianist

Save the date for an evening of enchanting melodies as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin’s musical legacy. The spotlight will be on the iconic “Rhapsody in Blue,” a masterpiece that transcends time with its fusion of classical and jazz influences. Renowned pianist Paul Bisaccia, celebrated for his exceptional interpretations, will take center stage, bringing Gershwin’s genius to life through his masterful technique.

This event promises an atmosphere of elegance and musical brilliance, making it a must-attend for music enthusiasts and those eager to be swept away by the timeless beauty of Gershwin’s creations. Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration of Gershwin at 100!

About Paul Bisaccia

Paul Bisaccia made his European debut at age 17 and has performed concerts on four continents. He graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from the Hartt School. His vast repertoire includes the great piano classics and he was the first artist to record the complete solo piano music of Gershwin. His PBS television show, Gershwin by Bisaccia, has been seen by millions and was dubbed into Mandarin Chinese for broadcast in Asia. Michael Feinstein calls Paul Bisaccia and the Great American Piano, his second television show for PBS, “Imaginative, fun, well played and totally satisfying.” His third television show, Chopin by Bisaccia has been included in his newest DVD release Bisaccia on Television!

The Hartt School honored Paul with the Alumnus of the Year Award and the Governor of Connecticut proclaimed Paul Bisaccia Day in the State of Connecticut. PBS celebrated the day with a rebroadcast of his television shows. Bisaccia was also honored to perform Rhapsody in Blue in inauguration ceremonies for the new theater on the site of Aeolian Hall in New York, where Gershwin himself first performed his legendary masterpiece.

A prolific and versatile recording artist, Paul has recorded over 450 individual compositions covering a wide range of composers. Many of his television and film clips can be seen on YouTube. His new book describing his life as a concert pianist, Piano Player – Memoir and Master Class, has just been published. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University.


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