Friday Noonday Recital – John Bayless

The fifth recital in the Noonday Recitals in Lent series will take place on Friday, March 16, at St. Margaret’s and will feature a performance by recording artist, concert pianist and composer John Bayless.

John Bayless is Artistic Director for the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.  An American icon among performers, he is known for an extraordinary imagination, sly wit, tremendous musicality and imposing technique, according to High Fidelity Magazine, and has been proclaimed by the New York Times as an evocative pianist with lovely piano sound and considerable personal pizzazz.

Mr. Bayless has played more than 175 concerts, performing in such cities as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Rome, Florence, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Tokyo, Minneapolis and Washington DC.  He has appeared at Carnegie Hall in a performance of his own West Side Story Concert Variations for solo piano and orchestra, made his Tanglewood debut playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Boston Pops, opened the San Francisco Summer Pops season with the same work and appeared in three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl orchestra.  That same summer he returned to Italy for solo concerts in Florence, Sorrento and Milan.

The program will consist of Improvisations and Transcriptions on Moricone…Bernstein…and Puccini. 

This thirty-minute recital will begin at noon, and admission is free.

Following the recital, Mr. Bayless will greet members of the audience on the patio in front of Karns Hall. A soup/sandwich reception will be provided by members of the St. Margaret’s Choir in Karns Hall. There is no charge for this, but voluntary contributions are welcome. 

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