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Crescent Concerts presents “Mallets and Hammers - Piano and Marimba, Amazing Together!” on October 9 in Plainfield

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Acclaimed marimba soloist Greg Giannascoli
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Crescent Concerts presents its second musical offering of the 2016-17 season: “Mallets and Hammers-Piano and Marimba, Amazing Together” on Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm in the historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, New Jersey.

This unique concert features two widely acclaimed performers: Greg Giannascoli on marimba, and pianist, Ron Stabinsky.  Greg Giannascoli has performed as marimba soloist with orchestras and in recitals throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.  Featured on CBC, NPR radio, and PBS-TV, Mr. Giannascoli has received glowing reviews from audiences and critics alike.  “Here is music played so well it would capture  and hold anybody’s attention indefinitely”—Classical New Jersey.  His most recent CD, ‘Prism Rhapsody’ was also praised with such words as, “extremely gifted and skilled performer. . .virtuosic. . .stellar on all accounts.”

Pianist Ron Stabinsky joins Giannascoli for this concert of diverse music.  Mr. Stabinsky plays a wide range of music for the piano, from classical to jazz.  He especially enjoys immersing himself in solo improvisations.  He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with many varied ensembles and musicians.  His appearances in music festivals include the Newport Jazz Festival, the Moers Festival (Germany) and the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands).  He has been recorded on several albums.

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Giannascoli has planned an all-American concert for this outing in Plainfield.  The program includes music from Gershwin’s American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue as well as songs from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.  Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba, an exciting contemporary work, will also be heard along with music by John Williams.  Show tunes to jazz to classical—this is a concert the whole family will love!

The performance takes place in the neo-gothic, cathedral-like Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, located at Watchung Avenue at East Seventh Street.  There is ample free, secure parking in the church lot off First Place.

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of performance or purchased ahead of time in the church office during business hours.  General Admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5.

For more information, please visit CrescentConcerts.org or call 908-756-2468.

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