MOUNT VERNON — Duo Baldo, a pianist and a violinist from Prato, Italy, will present their many talents on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon. They have been described as “high energy classical music with comedy and a touch of slapstick.”
Violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi combine their talents to produce virtuosic performances, theatrical humor and pop culture to be highly entertaining. Their program is described as “high energy classical music with comedy and a touch of slapstick.” (Watch Aldo for a “touch” of Victor Borge.) Brad performs on a 1736 Testore violin and Aldo performs on whatever piano he is offered.
Duo Baldo made their debut in 2004 with an Italian tenor you may have heard of — Andrea Bocelli. Two years later, they won first prize at the National Short Theater Competition in Florence. They “opened” the 2010 Salzburg Festival after winning first prize in 2009, at the Musicomicontest — their show will provide greater meaning for this term. If it has something to do with laughter being the best medicine, we’re in line for a good dose of “healthy.” Other performance venues include Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Trieste, Barcelona, Switzerland and Mexico.
Interestingly, they performed a gala concert with Aldo using Giacomo Puccini’s recently restored Steinway piano with soprano Maria Luigia Borsi in Lucca. By 2016, the duo was highly praised for a successful television appearance on Italy’s talent show, “Tu Si Que Vales.” Brad Repp has appeared as violin soloist with Jose Carreras on two Asian tours. Now they are touring all over the United States and here in Mount Vernon.
Individual tickets are sold at the box office when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased on line at www.ccaofknoxcounty.com.