Pianist, Dr. Charisse Baldoria Performs during the next live WVIA Simply Grand Concert on March 26, 2016 - Public Invited | WVIA

Pianist, Dr. Charisse Baldoria Performs during the next live WVIA Simply Grand Concert on March 26, 2016 - Public Invited

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PITTSTON, Pa. – Pianist Dr. Charisse Baldoria performs a varied program of piano music during the next live Simply Grand Concert to be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at http://www.wvia.org/reservations.


The program includes pieces of the Romantic Era such as the Ballade No. 4 of Frederic Chopin and pieces by Leopold Godowsky. Also featured is the Fantasia Baetica by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla which evokes the region of Andalusia. Baldoria will also feature music of contemporary New Zealand composer Gareth Farr whose music is winning acclaim.


Dr. Charisse Baldoria is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Bloomsburg University. She is an international prizewinning Filipino pianist whose repertoire ranges from the traditional classics to Hispanic and Southeast Asian music.  A soloist and collaborative musician, she also incorporates dance, poetry, and the visual arts into her concerts.


Originally a Fulbright scholar from the Philippines, she has given concerts in five continents and was a prizewinner at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, among the top pianists of the Sydney International and Hilton Head Island International piano competitions, first prize winner of the Society for Musical Arts competition, two-time winner of the University of Michigan concerto competition, and first prize winner of numerous competitions in the Philippines.


In current programs, she performs music from and inspired by Southeast Asia and Spain, of which the Philippines was a colony for 333 years.  Her album, Evocación (Blue Griffin label) features music inspired by flamenco and tango, with pieces by Albéniz, Piazzolla, Falla, Scarlatti, and Buencamino, a Filipino composer. Her newest album, Gamelan on Piano features music inspired by Southeast Asia with works by Lou Harrison, Colin McPhee, Godowsky, Debussy, Gareth Farr, Ramon P. Santos, and others.


You can learn more about Baldoria on her website: http://www.charissebaldoria.com/


The WVIA “Simply Grand Concert Series” showcases the talent of regional classical musicians. Since the series began in 1990, dozens of regional musicians have been featured. The concerts are recorded for broadcast on WVIA-FM before a live audience in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA Public Media Studios.           




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