Antonio Pompa-Baldi - Cleveland Museum of Art / Provenance Café

  • November 24, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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TRI-C Presents - Italian Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi

When: Sunday, November 24th at 2 p.m.
Where: Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium
11150 East Boulevard in University Circle

Cost: Nada - FREE!

Antonio will Play a great program:

Lyapunov:  Trascendental Etude op.11 #12 “Elegy in memory of Franz Liszt”

Chopin: Twelve Etudes op 10

Liszt:  Ballade #2 in B min

Sposalizio: ( from Annee de pelerinage second volume)

Liszt-Verdi:  Paraphrase on “Ernani”

Piana:  Apres une Lecutre de Liszt

We will also have after intermission musical conversation between Antonio and Charles Michener, author and journalist. He is the former senior editor for cultural affairs at "Newsweek" and former senior editor at "The New Yorker." He has written widely on music for many publications. He collaborated with Robert Evans on "The Kid Stays in the Picture", was co-author with Peter Duchin of "Ghost of a Chance", and also co-wrote "The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera".  Michener is a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, and director of the Norman Wain Journalism Seminar. Michener is currently writing a book about the reinvention of northeast Ohio.)

Meet us outside the entrance to the Gartner Auditorium no later than 1:40 p.m.  Come as early as you can and save some seats for the group.  This will be very well-attended so late comers may not get in.

The performance is free.

Art Museum Parking: Best option is the museum garage.  Limited street parking is available.  (unofficially - you may be able to snag a spot in the Institute of Art's -Cinematheque - free parking lot and take the 2-minute walk over to the museum).

WHO:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi

WHAT: Classical Piano Recital

WHEN:  Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Cleveland Museum of Art in the Gartner Auditorium 

LUNCH:  Before the concert you may want to consider having an informal lunch at the Provenance Café.  No reservations necessary.

DINNER:   CANCELLED due to lack of interest at Gusto Ristorante Italiano

Provenance Café [masked]) offers lunch, dinner, and snack options with an open kitchen concept where patrons can watch as chefs create their dishes. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The name “Provenance” was inspired by the same term, which is derived from the French “provenir,” meaning “to come from.” The word provenance often refers to the chronology of ownership of a historical object or work of art. It also can be used when describing the origin of food, particularly food from local sources. Provenance, Provenance Café, and Catering by Provenance marry the concept of locally sourced foods with the lineages of nearly 45,000 objects in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection.

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Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi first came to the U.S. in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He won the First Prize, and embarked on a career that continues to extend across five continents. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as the Award for the Best Performance of a New Work.

Pompa-Baldi appears regularly at the world's major concert venues including Cleveland's Severance Hall, Milan's Sala Verdi, New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (both Isaac Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), Boston's Symphony Hall, and Paris' Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Theatre des Champs-Elysees and Théâtre du Châtelet.

He has collaborated with leading conductors including Hans Graf, James Conlon, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Keith Lockhart, Christopher Seaman, Louis Lane, Pascal Rophé, Grant Llewellyn, and Stefan Sanderling, performing with the Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), Boston Pops,  Orchestre National de Paris-Radio France, National Orchestra of Ukraine, National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Orchestra of Tuscany (Italy), Fort Worth Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony, among many others.

After a triumphant recital debut in Beijing, China, where Pompa-Baldi played in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, and Master Classes at the China National Conservatory, he was named Honorary Guest Professor of that Institution. Other notable recital engagements include Seoul, Paris (Chopin Festival), Chicago, Ravinia, Houston (Texas Music Festival), Portland, Sacramento, Fort Worth (Cliburn Series), Salt Lake City (Assembly Hall), Duszniki Zdroj, Poland (Chopin Festival), Bologna, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Hartford , Miami, San Juan, London, Toledo, Macao, and Palma de Mallorca.

A passionate chamber musician, Antonio Pompa-Baldi is a frequent guest at events like the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Music in the Mountains Festival (Durango), Strings in the mountains (Steambot Springs), and the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society Series among others, collaborating with such ensembles as the Takacs and Cavani String Quartets, as well as principals of leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies.

Among the 2013/14 orchestral engagements, Pompa-Baldi will perform with the Newark/Granville Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, in Quito, the Johannesburg Philharmonic, and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. In Cape Town, Pompa-Baldi is completing the cycle of all Rachmaninoff Concertos and Rhapsody.

Recital engagements for the season include Cleveland, Birmingham, Paris, and Jerusalem, as well as a tour of South Africa.

Pompa-Baldi's recordings include an all-Brahms disc (Azica), and a live and unedited recital from his award-winning Cliburn Competition performances (Harmonia Mundi).

Since 2002, he has recorded 16 CDs for Centaur Records: the Josef Rheinberger Piano Sonatas; the entire piano catalogue of Edward Grieg, in 12 volumes; an all-Rachmaninoff CD; an all-Schumann album; and the first volume of the Hummel Piano Sonatas. Soon-to-be-released is the second volume of the Hummel Sonatas.

For the Steinway label, Pompa-Baldi recorded a disc titled "The Rascal and the Sparrow-Poulenc meets Piaf". The CD features songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf, arranged for solo piano, to commemorate the 50th year of the passing of both French musical icons.

Pompa-Baldi has been seen and heard many times on French National Television, Radio-France, Ukrainian National Television, Cleveland's WCLV, Boston's WGBH, and National Public Radio's "Performance Today". He was featured in the PBS documentary on the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition "Playing on the Edge", which premiered in October 2001 in USA and Canada.

Pompa-Baldi appeared again on PBS in the documentary "Concerto: A sense of Self", featuring his performance of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and James Conlon. This performance was also seen on French National Television in May 2003, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Prokofiev's death, as well as throughout Europe.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi is a Steinway Artist. He serves as Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and gives master-classes around the world, both in conjunction with his performing engagements, and at summer festivals including Piano Fest in the Hamptons, TCU-Cliburn Institute, Southeastern Piano Festival (University of South Carolina School of Music), Paisiello Academy (Lucera, Italy), Amalfi Coast Festival, and Napolinova Academy (Naples). He helped found the Academia Manuel Rueda in Santo Domingo, where he also gives regular masterclasses.

Pompa-Baldi is often invited to judge international piano competitions, and has served as president of the jury for the International Russian Piano Music Competition in San Jose, CA since 2006. His students have been prizewinners in important competitions such as Marguerite Long, Hilton Head, Isang Yun, and Gina Bachauer.

Pompa-Baldi maintains an active social media profile, and invites his audience to interact with him and like his page:



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  • A former member
    A former member

    A superb performer. Interesting program, although I sometimes get lost in the complexity of Liszt's music. Bill, I hope you're okay, we missed you.

    November 24, 2013

    • Bill J.

      Glad you enjoyed it Jim. Hope to see you soon.

      November 25, 2013

  • A former member
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    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Due to the weather (still snowing in Munroe Falls) I have to cancel.

    November 23, 2013

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    Plus 1

    November 22, 2013

    • Bill J.

      pls use the change rsvp to add your guest

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    November 21, 2013

  • Bill J.

    we'll be joined by 11 members of the Italian Language group!

    November 18, 2013

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