Review: ISO Pops' I Love a Pianoby Rita Kohn January 28, 2014
The most delightful reason for braving frigid temps, snow and ice last weekend was the enchanting father-son piano/trumpet duo Rich and Brandon Ridenour, along with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra players in top form - all under zestful conducting by Stuart Chafetz.
From the opening lure of Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" - delivered with the feel of a parade approaching, entering and moving along - to the expansive closing Ferde Grofé orchestration of "Rhapsody in Blue," it was two hours of non-stop WOW delivered as total fun.
Listening to multiple Rich Ridenour arrangements of standards reminded me of what Matisse achieved as a painter - making complexity attainable so you can feel and touch the story, not only see or hear.
Featuring music by Elton John, Rachmaninoff, Vince Guaraldi, Chopin, Joplin, Beethoven, Billy Joel, Gershwin, Debussy, Jerry Lee Lewis, and much more.