Husband and wife team offer benefit concert at LTS

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DORSET — A talented piano husband and wife duo will perform a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at Long Trail School.

An afternoon of stride, four handed piano by Stephanie Trick and husband Paolo Alderighi will offer many different styles of piano music in this unique performance.

The couple, who have played around the globe and fill concert halls throughout Europe bring their one-of-a-kind show to the LTS theater stage.

Trick has come to practically dominate the stride piano field. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s is an orchestral style two handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch. A classically trained pianist, Trick began playing at the age of 5.

Once exposed to jazz and the blues while in college she knew immediately that she wanted to pursue stride and classic jazz styles professionally.

As the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Kobe-Breda Jazz award, Trick has performed throughout the world. Louis Mazetier, a respected interpreter of stride piano, writes in the Bulletin of the Hot Club of France that she has "Won the esteem of specialists in the genre with wonderful interpretations of stride classics, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Don Lambert."

She plays these pieces with a punch that is matched by her precise interpretation.

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For this show, Trick will be accompanied by her husband Paolo Alderighi, one of Italy's foremost jazz pianists. It is unusual to hear a piano duet that is played by four hands on one piano.

Yet Trick and Alderighi manage the nearly impossible feat without getting in each other's way.

You will hear fresh arrangements of songs from the Swing Era in a four-hands piano duo.

Songs, that will include the blues as well as boogie-woogie and rag time. Trick and Alderighi have played at the Monterey Dixiland/Blues festival, the Kobe Jazz festival in Japan, the London Jazz festival, and the Edinburg Jaz & Blues Festival, Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Silkeborg Riverboat Jazz Festival in Denmark, the Boh m Ragtime & Jazz Festival in Hungary, Teatro Dal Verme Milano, Jazzland in Vienna, Jazz Bistro in Toronto and many more. Following the LTS performance, the duo will be playing in Switzerland and Italy before returning to the United States later in the fall.

In 2014 they played for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Try to figure out which one of them can outplay the other.

This is a rare opportunity not to be missed. Tickets are $35 for the show only or $100 for a ticket and preshow meet-and-greet with the performers. All proceeds benefit the financial aid program at Long Trail School.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.longtrailschool.org/trickandalderighi.


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