What Presenters have said about past Piano Works performances:
PAA supports Lou Walinsky!!! Lou Walinsky is an incredible talent. Whether he is performing a sweeping romantic ballad or a sophisticated improvised rhythmic composition, Walinsky is always a pleasure to listen to. Walinsky won over the audience with an inspired and captivating set, certainly raising the bar for the remainder of the evening’s performers. Walinsky makes music filled with passion, creativity, humor, and originality.
O.A. – Program & Facility Coordinator – Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Thank you for your performances in the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage series. It is refreshing to hear an artist who performs such a wide range of styles in one program. Your congenial interactions with the audience add a very enjoyable personal dimension to your presentation of the music.
G.R. – Festival Program Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Your program, entitled Piano Works, was very well received and helped make the evening especially lively. Your interpretations of jazz and popular standards, as well as folk and ethnic songs, were just the right blend of music for the broadly diverse audience we attract. Thank you again, Lou, for being one of the distinctive performers that participate in Art After Hours. Your talent has helped to make this program a wonderful success
R.S. – Director of External Affairs, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Thank you for an extraordinary performance this past Saturday. Your technical virtuosity combined with the emotional expressiveness of your playing made for an irresistible evening. Your melodies were beautiful, the improvisation was innovative, the harmonies were captivating, and the arrangements were highly creative. The concert held the audience spellbound from the very first notes all the way to the end.
The swing pieces like “It Don’t Mean a Thing” seriously swung! The classically oriented pieces like “Shenandoah” were intricate, compelling, and they evoked rich mental imagery. The fun pieces like “Isn’t She Lovely” were delightful. “I Got rhythm” would have made George Gershwin proud. And “Gracias a la Vida” left the audience speechless.
We anxiously await your next appearance!
J.I. – Booking Director, Café Improv at the Princeton Arts Council, Princeton, NJ
Your solo piano program Piano Works was wonderful. A large audience enjoyed your eclectic repertoire that included well-known music from jazz, popular, ethnic, and folk music genres. Your creative arrangements of familiar tunes presented them in ways that delighted and surprised listeners.
Your relaxed introductions and commentary about the music communicated your enthusiasm for your art, and established an excellent rapport with the audience.
I will be happy to recommend you to other musical program planners.
P.S. – Music Department Head – Central Free Library of Philadelphia, PA
On behalf of the Northern Delaware Valley Chapter (of Music Teachers National Association), I would like to express my deep gratitude and admiration for your outstanding presentation. You held our attention from beginning to end, with your interesting discussion on solo piano interpretations of jazz, pop, folk, and ethnic tunes. Your performances of your original arrangements, with your stunning improvisations, left us breathless.
M.G. – Program Chairperson, Northern Delaware Valley Chapter of MTNA, Willow Grove, PA
I want to write to thank you for performing in concert at the Sedgwick Cultural Center. Your program of solo piano works showed imagination in gathering jazz, gospel, folk and ethnic works, and your bravura performances of all of the pieces demonstrated your great understanding of and enthusiasm for the music. The audience seemed spellbound by the performance, and I heard many positive remarks from people as they left the Center. All in all, your program was very successful, and it helped the Sedgwick maintain its reputation as a place where the neighborhood can truly come together to support the gifts of one of our own.
G.M. – Program Director, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA