Czech pianist Tomáš Kačo will perform his own arrangements of classical compositions as well as original scores in the program "Classical Edge, Gypsy Soul" on May 17, at 12:10 pm, at the National Gallery of Art in the West Building, East Garden Court, as part of the EU Month of Culture.
The program includes:
1. J. S. Bach – Prelude in C minor
2. F. Chopin – Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
3. F. Chopin – Revolutionary Etude, Op. 10, No. 12
4. N. Paganini – Caprice, No. 24
5. J. Lennon and P. McCartney - Yesterday
6. G. Gershwin – Summertime
7. K. Jarrett – Memories of Tomorrow
8. T. Kačo – Gipsy Soul
9. T. Kačo – My Home
Tomáš Kačo is a talented pianist, composer, and singer. He studied piano at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava and received a master’s degree in classical piano at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (2008-2015). On scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2015-2017), he earned a diploma in contemporary writing and music. As a solo pianist, his unique style is an interesting fusion of classical, jazz and gypsy music. His piano recitals are based on improvisation. The main idea of these improvisations is a “renaissance” of gypsy music, often improvising on traditional gypsy themes. He has collaborated for many years with renowned teacher and singer Ida Kelarová. They released a CD together called Roma Ballad. Additionally, he has made arrangements of songs for the Pardubice Philharmonic, the Philharmonic of Hradec Králové, and the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava. His objective in life is to compose, produce and arrange music of all styles. He says, “I hope one day my music will help make peace in the world and erase color lines.” He has performed for former Czech President Václav Havel, as well as at the renowned Vienna Opera Ball in Austria. Furthermore, he received the Piano Department Achievement Award for outstanding musicianship. As a pianist, he has performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, and Israel.
Date: May 17, 12:10 pm
Location: National Gallery of Art
West Building, East Garden Court
The event is free and open to the public.
This event is part of the European Month of Culture (EUMC). Now in its fifth year, EUMC is a month-long festival of innovative and creative events for the American public highlighting the diverse cultures of all 28 European Union Member countries. Enjoy film, dance, music, theatre, exhibits, language classes, workshops and more in great venues throughout Washington DC. Most events are free! To see all EUMC events, click here.