Concert Pianist Bryan Tari in One-Night Only
Back in 1601, William Shakespeare’s character Orsino in “Twelfth Night” declared, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Maestro and virtuoso pianist Bryan Tari will be doing just that at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday, November 4th. Pairing up with recording artist Lina Loi to create an unforgettable evening that covers decades of standards, jazz standards, as well as a classical repertoire and original work. More than 400 years have passed since Shakespeare wrote those words above, and Tari’s concert promises to be not just food, but a feast for the body and soul.
Born in Hollywood with Hungarian roots, Bryan is the consummate performer. Playing the piano as well as he plays with the audience in an evening you’ll be sure to remember. A throwback to another era of showmen who played the piano — think Liberace (without the rhinestones and candelabra), Oscar Levant or Victor Borge. Bryan delivers some snappy patter throughout the show, whether he’s talking about the background of a particular piece or his own compositions and arrangements, interspersed with playful observations on the music or his own career.
As a young, classically trained pianist, Bryan was part of the Opening Ceremonies for the 1984 Olympics playing George Gershwin’s quintessential American composition, “Rhapsody in Blue,” along with 83 other pianists who dazzled at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Composer John Williams conducted the special orchestra at the 1984 Olympic Games. Tari went on to a career as a performer and recording artist on those ebony and ivory keyboards.
Having moved here only a few years ago, his new found love for Santa Barbara inspired him to write about this city’s longest running festival - the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. He will play a selection from his latest album of “Fiesta Suites.” This concert will be the premiere of his “Star Wars Piano Medley,” a stunning piano arrangement of music from Star Wars episode four and episode one. Maestro Tari captures the full essence of a symphony orchestra on the piano, playing the best loved themes from the movie we all know so well.
Atlantic Recording artist Loi, who was discovered by Stevie Wonder, will deliver vocal selections from her classical repertoire of Puccini, and jazz as only Gershwin could write in the Billie Holiday style, with Tari accompanying. It’s a program with something for everyone.
Tickets may be purchased through the Lobero Theater website www.lobero.org. This program is sponsored by Hotel Santa Barbara.
An Evening with Bryan Tari and Lina Loi
Classical Meets Jazz and more...
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Lobero Theater, 33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Ticket Prices: $38 to $68
Box Office: 805-963-0761 or online https://www.lobero.org/events/