(L to R): Paola and Roberto Plano

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Jamestown Concert Association

The Jamestown Concert Association presents the first concert in its 2018–19 concert series, Dedicated to Great Music, on Friday, October 12, when pianists Roberto and Paola Plano perform in Jamestown at 8:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St. Italian pianist Roberto Plano first performed in Jamestown after winning the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition at age 23. In the following years, he was a Finalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Prizewinner of the Honens International Piano Competition, and the Axa Dublin International Piano Competition among many others. He also married the lovely Paola Del Negro — an accomplished pianist in her own right, who made her solo debut in Turin at age 9 and continued to win competitions and accolades throughout Europe. Together they ran a prestigious music school in Varese, Italy, while raising three young daughters and maintaining an international performance schedule — including returns to Jamestown and Chautauqua. In 2016, the family moved to the United States, where Roberto joined the piano faculty at Boston University. In January 2018, he won the American Prize in the solo professional division and has most recently become associate professor of piano at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where Paola is also adjunct lecturer as well as director of PDN Piano Studio. 

Tickets are available pre-sale from the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Chautauqua Music, and Germaine & Pappalardo, or call 484–7070 or 487–1522. Tickets are also available at the door.  Adults are $18/$20, Seniors 65+ are $15/$17, and College students are $5/$7.50.  Group rates are available. Children 18 and under are admitted free with an adult ticket–holder.  

Corporate sponsors for this concert are Lakewood Furniture Galleries and Jamestown’s Rental Properties. The Jamestown Concert Association receives funding from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, and the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.  

Season subscription memberships are also available now. For more information, visit www.jamestownconcertassociation.org and Facebook.