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World Renowned Pianist Returns to AU

By Ryan Hiller

Aurora, Ill. – The sounds of Liszt and Chopin filled Aurora University’s Crimi Auditorium Saturday night during famed pianist Thomas Pandolfi’s orchestral concert.

Pandolfi opened his show with Apres Une Lecture du Dante by Franz Liszt. “The piece was inspired by Dante and the Divine Comedy,” said Pandolfi, “the pieces are almost impressionistic.” The first act consisted of various pieces by Liszt including Widmung and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-Sharp Minor.

Pandolfi spent the second act playing pieces by Rachmaninov and Chopin including one piece played with only his left hand. Pandolfi received a standing ovation from the audience for both his finale and encore performance.

This performance marked Pandolfi’s second visit to Aurora University. His first show focused on the works of George Gershwin.

Thomas Pandolfi is a graduate of The Julliard School where he was a scholarship student. There he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Pandolfi’s performance concludes the 2011- 2012 AU Arts and Ideas lecture series.