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Symphony Opens Season With Black Tie Performance

Unique set makes audience feel at home with noted performer.

The champagne will be flowing November 8 as the Santa
Clarita Symphony kicks off its 2008-09 season in style with its first black-tie


“While black-tie is certainly optional, this concert marks
our fifth year of providing unique, professional, orchestral music to the Santa
Clarita Valley, and we want to celebrate with our audience,” Board President
Jim Blazer said.  “It‘s going to be a
fantastic evening.”


“An Evening with Bryan Pezzone and Friends” will feature
cross-over classical and jazz music in an improvisational style, including an
unbelievable medley of Gershwin classics as well as his ‘famous’ Mozart Club
Sandwich – Bryan’s favorite Mozart movements from his piano Sonatas,
interspersed with improvisations.


A special set is being constructed for the event that will
represent a New York City
apartment.  The audience will see Mr.
Pezzone as he arrives “home from work” and sits down at his piano to relax with
a little Gershwin.  Next, there is a
knock on the door, and some friends (music and entertainment industry
stalwarts, drummer MB Gordy and bassist Bart Samolis) stop by for a jam


Not only will the concert include amazing improvisations,
but will include direct interactions with the audience.  Mr. Pezzone will take a break from playing,
as if going to the kitchen to get a glass of water, and engage the audience in
conversation.  He will also take a
request or two.  A few lucky audience
members will be offered a seat on the sofa in Mr. Pezzone’s “apartment” to experience
the concert from.


The whole point of 
the ‘Studio Apartment’ setting is to make a real connection between the
performers and the people, in a hip, innovative way that inspires audience
members to think about, enjoy, and interact with music in different ways than
they have before,” Marketing Director, John Dow noted. “It will help them to
think outside the (music) box.”


Bryan Pezzone is the consummate cross-over pianist of his
generation. He excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres
and is well known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing
artist, improviser, and composer.


Tickets: $40, $30, $20. 
$5 off: seniors 60 & older, students with ID. Tickets may be
purchased for individual events or as a part of the Premiere Concert Series
(including tickets to the sold-out Art Garfunkel performance).  Purchase online at or by calling the Santa
Clarita Performing Arts Center Box Office at (661) 362-5304, or in person at
the PAC Theatre box office 30 minutes prior to the show. The theater is located
at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa
Clarita, CA 91355

Symphony Opens Season With Black Tie Performance

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