PCC pianist promises classical to jazz

By ALYSSA RAMER

Pima Community College adjunct instructor and pianist Alex Cardieri will perform at the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall on April 10 at 3 p.m.

Cardieri will perform genres including new age, classical, Latin American and jazz.

“All the selections on the program are my own arrangements. It’s the most natural way of making music,”said Cardieri.

Cardieri was inspired to become a pianist when he saw a Broadway show by Andrew Lloyd Webber as a child.

He was surrounded by musical art in New York during his childhood and began studying piano at age 8.

“When I was a child I used to watch Liberace on television on my rocking horse,” he said.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano from the Manhattan School of Music in 1976, and a master’s in music theory in 1979.

Cardieri moved to Tucson in 1984 and played piano at a restaurant called Anthony’s in the Catalinas for 20 years.

He has taught at PCC for 20 years, in locations including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Northwest Campus, the former Nogales Campus and Community Campus. He moved to strictly online classes in 2013.

Cardieri also teaches at Rivera Elementary School, where he focuses on general music.

At the recital, Cardieri will focus on the kind of music he teaches in PCC’s Popular Music in America (MUS 160), a 16-week online class. Cardieri also teaches Exploring Music (MUS 151) online.

Tickets cost $8, with discounted rates available. For more information, call the Center for the Arts box office at 206-6986.

Pianist Alex Cardieri will preform April 10. Photo courtesy of PCC.

Pianist Alex Cardieri will preform April 10. Photo courtesy of PCC.


FYI

What: “Alex Cardieri and Friends”

Where: Recital Hall, CFA, West Campus

When: April 10 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $8, with discounts available

Box office: 206-6986

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