BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Thomas Pandolfi's earliest memories are filled with music.
"My parents played classical music in the house all the time," Pandolfi said. "My earliest memories when I was three or four years old was hearing classical music. Every time there was a piano piece that would come on the radio, or the LP, or the cassette, I would get very excited and try to run over to the piano and match those sounds. Apparently, even though I didn't know what I was doing at that point, I apparently would match them."
The Juilliard School graduate is now living in Washington, D.C.
"My dad was a pretty good amateur pianist," Pandolfi said. "He started me out on the rudimentary teaching, and from there I had a great teacher. I had that teacher all the way until I was accepted at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. I try to do educational outreach programs whenever I go into a particular city."
The concert virtuoso held a free workshop for students and teachers inside the Recital Hall of the Adams-Vines building on the campus of Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.
"Whether it be with a symphony orchestra or a recital series, I just try to get young people excited," Pandolfi said.
Pandolfi also hosted a concert of George Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch pieces Friday night at the Ritz Civic Center, 306 W. Main, in downtown Blytheville.
The concert is the second offering in the 2016-2017 series presented by The Arts Council of Mississippi County.
For more information about any events at The Ritz, call 870-762-1744 or go to the council's website.
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