The Community Church of East Williston, at 45 East Williston Ave. in East Williston, is presenting its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Acclaimed jazz pianist Kurt Thum will join pianist-composer and music director Raphael Fusco in an exciting concert of holiday favorites arranged for two pianos.
The Thum-Fusco piano duo’s unique sound crosses genres from classical to jazz, pop to rock, and has beguiled audiences of all ages throughout the tri-state area. Following the performance will be a special reception where you can meet and greet the artists while enjoying scrumptious holiday treats.
Thum is active as a full time session pianist keyboardist. He has recorded on numerous albums with artists ranging from folk to blues
and funk as well as jazz and gospel.
Thum has toured with such acts as Woman of Ireland, April Smith and The Great Picture Show, among others and has played for several live TV and radio performances. He currently performs with numerous bands and artists throughout the tri-state area and is in high demand for session work at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn.
Thum studied classical piano with Dr. Tom Olason, and Dr. Ruth Shempf and holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz piano performance from SUNY New Paltz. Fusco is in high demand as a composer, keyboardist, and conductor in the U.S. and Europe.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he studied at the G. Verdi Conservatorio of Turin, Paris Schola Cantorum, Vienna Conservatory, and holds degrees in composition from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. In October, Fusco toured the U.S. with Grammy award-winning composer and saxophonist Branford Marsalis.
The Los Angeles Times praised Fusco as a “lively player and fine improviser.” The New York Times hailed his performance at Le Poisson Rouge as “winning and accomplished,” while El Mundo noted Fusco as “one of the most outstanding emerging composers.” For more, visit www.raphaelfusco.com.