The Appell Center for the Performing Arts and the Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society are proud to present a series of incredible organ concerts in Spring 2019. Each concert event will feature the work of a different talented organist.
Pierre Fracalanza has been a pianist and organist since the tender age of three. First studying under his Father, Pierre was playing in churches by age eight and a Church Director of Music by age sixteen. Pierre attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he concentrated on vocal studies. After school, he pursued a career in entertainment and was featured in some of the finest venues in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. Among his notable accomplishments were opening for Carol Channing at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts. He also played for a National Governor’s Conference in Traverse City, Michigan and privately entertained for the late Senator Ted Kennedy and then First Lady, Hillary Clinton.
Pierre began playing Theatre Organ and Theatre Organ Pizza and Pipes in Pontiac, Michigan in his twenties. During that period, her performed concerts for about ten years. Then Pierre took a hiatus from Theatre Organ until he gained attention with his YouTube performances on Virtual Theatre Organ. Since then, he has concertized in several states and been asked to perform in two ATOS National Conventions. Pierre is part of the select Roster of Steinway Pianists around the world, known as Steinway Artists. He has demonstrated Steinway pianos, Yamaha pianos and organs, Roland Organs and Rodgers Church Organs.
Pierre is Organist/Music Director for a 3000-family Catholic Parish in Suburban Detroit - St. James in Novi, Michigan. With adept skills at many types of keyboards and an avid interest in computers and video, Pierre combines technology with his music to create events that are both stimulating to the eye and the ear.
Pierre Fracalanza will be presenting an extended version of his “Cole, Cole, Cole” concert in his April concert. Featuring a wide variety of music from composer Cole Porter, Buddy Cole (Hollywood Organist and Pianist who was Bing Crosby’s Personal Accompanist) and the legendary Nat King Cole, Pierre will blend multimedia with his keyboard artistry to create an unforgettable concert experience. Pierre performed “Cole, Cole, Cole” for the Annual Convention of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) in July of 2018. The program was critically acclaimed for its ingenuity and variety.