February 11, 2000

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ROCHESTER, NY – Known for his innovative programming and engaging style, pianist and Rochester native Tony Caramia, associate professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music, will showcase his formidable talent and artistry in a concert devoted entirely to solo piano preludes – short, melodic works, which often precede larger pieces.

The concert, at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 27, in Kilbourn Hall (26 Gibbs St.), features a variety of preludes by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Chopin, Bill Dobbins, and others – including Caramia himself. It is free and open to the public.

"This concert is a kaleidoscope of colors and styles, moods and feelings," Caramia explains. "Each prelude I’ve chosen – some 30 seconds long, others about 6 minutes long – reflects the uniquely different personalities of each composer and their artistic voice."

An accomplished classical, jazz, and ragtime pianist, Caramia has presented numerous solo and ensemble programs, performed with several noted jazz artists, and appeared as soloist in several American ragtime festivals. His four recordings showcase his virtuosity and versatility as a pianist. A respected educator as well, Caramia directs the piano pedagogy studies and coordinates the class piano program at Eastman, where he has taught since 1991. He also frequently lectures and performs at piano conferences and workshops around the world.