Music from The Western Reserve's distinguished music series continues its 31st season on Feb. 23 with pianist, singer Mike Petrone.
A pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, arranger and band leader, Mike Petrone has a career that spans more than 25 years. Petrone appeared in Hudson at Turner's Mills and is currently appearing on Sunday evening at Downtown 140, wine bar restaurant.
Petrone holds the distinction of the longest running musical act in Cleveland, appearing at Johnny's Downtown. Petrone's jazz piano trio has receive acclaimed through-out the world and has played at New York clubs including Sardi's, Club 21 and Tavern on the Green, as well as Caesar'sPalace in Las Vegas. Petrone is also active as a producer and publisher having cofounded Goblin Bee Records and Plan "C" Publishing.
Petrone has worked in professional theatre as a musical director and has written several musicals and scores. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center where he worked with conductor Leonard Slatkin and soprano Kathleen Battle.
He has worked with Broadway legend Jim Dale on the musical "The Invisible Man" and Motown's The Funk Brothers at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Petrone's groups have opened for Ray Charles, The Temptations, Willie Nelson and Gloria Estefan. His original musical "Full Moon" opened at Cleveland State University with director Frank Dunlop of The British National Theatre.
The concert venue for Petrone's performance is Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora St., Hudson. Concert time is 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at The Learned Owl in Hudson or at the door. Adult tickets, $18; students, free. The concert is sponsored by the Buchanan Family. There is a meet-the-artist reception immediately following the concert.
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