Don't miss the Thursday, March 30, performance, Piano Conversations with Julian Gargiulo, pianist and composer, presented by the Arkansas Valley Community Concerts at 7 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre on the Otero Junior College campus.

Don't miss the Thursday, March 30, performance, Piano Conversations with Julian Gargiulo, pianist and composer, presented by the Arkansas Valley Community Concerts at 7 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre on the Otero Junior College campus. Julian Gargiulo is a dynamic classical pianist who renders the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision, and fills concert halls with his personal brand of charm, humor and charisma. Born and educated in Italy, with dual U.S. and Italian citizenship, Julian has studied at the Moscow State Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory, earning degrees from both.

Gargiulo exhibits all the elements for an international career: talent, musicality, technique and charisma. He has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, China and Australia, meeting always with both public and critical acclaim. Recent highlights include the release of his seventh CD "No Smoking" with his own original compositions, along with works by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and more.

Highlights of his program include "Fire Dance" (De Falla), "Oblivion" (Piazzolla), "Por una Cabeza" (Gardel), "Nocturne in C sharp minor" (Chopin), "Toccatina or Security Waltz" (Gargiulo), "Flight of the Bumblebee" (Rimsky-Korsakov), "Capriccio" (Mendelssohn), "Fantasy Impromptu" (Chopin), "Prelude No.4/No smoking" (Chopin/Gargiulo), Gymnopedie No. 1/Intermezzo/Puerto Rican Day (Satie/Gargiulo), "Italian in Athens or Dismembering You" (Gargiulo), Seven Preludes (Chopin).

The performance is free to holders of AVCC season tickets, and also to the reciprocal concert groups from Raton, Fremont County (Canon City) and Lamar. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students for non-ticket holders.