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Pianist combines music and humor

Blame the “Emile-appeal.” Wherever comedic pianist Emile Pandolfi goes, there are bound to be groupies.
“He does have a diehard group of followers, kind of like the Grateful Dead,” said Rick Ramseur, president of the Lincoln County Concert Association, which is organizing the event.
These fans have been ordering tickets from as far away as Atlanta, Ga. for Pandolfi’s Sunday performance.
The performance will take place at 3 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center and tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for full-time students and children.
Pandolfi’s performance promises silly anecdotes, “listenable classics” and classically arranged love songs.
“It’s kind of a mix of pop and classical,” said Pandolfi. “I call it pop-sical.”
Pandolfi, who began his classical training at the age of five, has been performing professionally for 25 years. He has produced 20 albums and has developed his own style of arranging popular music.
“What I try to do is to have every tune in the show be a special musical experience – familiar tunes played in a brand new way,” said Pandolfi.
The musician loves changing people’s views of music – whether they be fans of classical or pop.
Besides playing music, Pandolfi plans to entertain the crowd with setups to songs and even offer a little light-hearted education.
“He’s supposed to be the consummate entertainer,” said Ramseur.
Pandolfi is just one of a season full of entertainers being brought to Lincoln County by the concert association.
The goal of this season is to offer a variety of performers and hopefully draw in a younger crowd, said Ramseur.
A local juggler and “the most authentic Beatles band in the world” will also be performing in Lincolnton this season.
Want to go? Emile Pandolfi will be performing at the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and full-time students.
by Sarah Grano

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