Concerts & Lectures


Thomas Pandolfi

Date: Originally performed on Sunday, June 28, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

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Thomas Pandolfi returns to the WCMFA… virtually! Join us on Sunday, June 28 at 2 PM on Facebook Live to enjoy this annual tradition. Enjoy a mix of American music with a special tribute to Black Lives Matter. This is a free online event. Donations to the Museum of Fine Arts may be made here.

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The program includes:
Prelude No. 2 (“Blue Lullaby”)… George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Song Medley….George Gershwin / Thomas Pandolfi

Clair de Lune… Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Close to You… Burt Bacharach (1928- ) / Thomas Pandolfi

Serenade…. Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

O Sole Mio… Eduardo di Capua (1865-1917) / Thomas Pandolfi

Notturno in G-Flat Major…Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)

Sinatra Medley … arr. Thomas Pandolfi

America Fantasy : America the Beautiful/ God Bless America / Battle Hymn/ Precious Lord Take My Hand/ Lift Every Voice and Sing/ He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands… arr. Thomas Pandolfi

About Thomas

Thomas Pandolfi began his music career early on at The Juilliard School (BM & MM) where the young prodigy caught the influential ears of Vladimir Horowitz, who would become his mentor, and legendary composer, Morton Gould. Since then he has been an audience favorite, selling out the world’s most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Kiev Opera House, Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum, London’s Cadogan Hall, and many others. In addition to being hailed as one of the greatest interpreters of Polish masters such as Chopin and Paderewski, this versatile pianist has received accolades from every thing from Bach to Gershwin, with Morton Gould saying, “It’s the finest performance of Gershwin I have heard since the composer himself.” His original and virtuosic transcriptions of works such as West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera, are one-of-kind, jaw-dropping, and dramatic encores that keep audiences of all ages returning to his performances again and again. Maestro Pandolfi is a Steinway Artist and when he is not on tour, resides in Washington, DC.


John Bullard: Classical Banjo

Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for general admission, FREE for WCMFA Members

john bullard

As a classically trained musician and the first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo, John Bullard has established a critically praised performing and recording career dedicated to exploring the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music. Bullard understands that accepting the banjo—a “folk” instrument with a complex pedigree—into the classical fold is a challenging proposition for
traditionalists; the guitar once had to navigate a similar journey to mainstream acceptance. But through three album-length recordings, live performance, and workshops, Bullard continues to introduce the classical banjo to a growing audience worldwide. Bullard’s concert repertoire includes solo, duet, and quartet performances of works from Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and others of the Baroque Period, along with later-period pieces by Schumann and others. More recently, Bullard has begun featuring new work by contemporary American composers, including a Caprice in D minor in the Romantic style, from composer Frank Mullen, and a set of 24 Preludes for Solo Banjo, commissioned from Adam Larrabee. In addition, Bullard is now working on a new collaboration with the genre-fusing composer Joshua Stamper. More information, including recent videos of Bullard in performance, can be found at


Hiroya Tsukamoto: Guitarist, singer/songwriter

Date: RESCHEDULED for 2021
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for general admission, FREE for WCMFA Members


Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston “INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)” which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records (“The Other Side of the World”, “Confluencia” and “Where the River Shines”). Hiroya has released three solo albums (“Solo”, “Heartland” and “Places”). Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television(NHK). In 2018, Hiroya won 2nd place in International Finger Style Guitar Championship. Learn more at