Journey back a hundred years to the 1920s for a concert of popular music and concert selections of that decade. The City of Fairfax Band will feature solo pianist Raffi Rasparian playing the George Gershwin favorite in a re-scheduled concert April 9, 7:30 pm, Fairfax High School auditorium.
The program also includes other familiar 1920s’ numbers: Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb,” Donald Hunsberger’s “Dancing into the 20s,” Warren Barker’s arrangement of “Themes Like Old Times,” and John Philip Sousa’s “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.”
The featured solo pianist, Dr. Raffi Kasparian, has performed solo and collaboratively throughout the United States, Canada and the Philippines. His solo piano repertoire includes standard classical piano compositions as well as his own original compositions and arrangements of well-loved popular and sacred music. Recent concert appearances include performances in 2019 of Rachmaninoff’s “Second Piano Concerto” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, Philippines. Kasparian retired in 2015 from the United States Army after serving 24 years as pianist for The United States Army Chorus. In addition to his performing schedule, he coaches advanced piano students. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in music from California State University at Northridge, his Master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He later continued with post-doctoral studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Tickets: Adults, $15; Seniors, $10; Under 25, free. Order online using “Tickets” tab above.