Upside Down Piano Player Jason Farnham Educates and Performs
The Performing Arts Center continues its tradition of connecting local students with internationally recognized artists when piano man Jason Farnham visits the area February 25 – 27.
Jason will visit five area elementary schools over the course of three days in addition to performing an evening concert at the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening. “It’s magical when we get to see the reactions from students when professional musicians visit their school,” explained David Mitchell, general manager of the Performing Arts Center. “Our goal is to get to every school in the county, with visits so far to Claymont, Dover, Indian Valley, Newcomerstown, New Philadelphia, Tusky Valley and Tuscarawas Central Catholic school districts over the past three years.”
“In addition to educational outreach, Jason will put on a fun evening show at the PAC that will appeal to all ages,” added Mitchell. “Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethoven on steroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show.”
Raised in Northeast Ohio, Jason began playing the piano at the age of four. He studied piano with numerous teachers and was classically trained. Later in high school and his college years at Ohio University, he began crafting his own style of music. He’s since relocated to California where he has been involved in numerous projects composing, producing and songwriting for feature films, commercials and television.
The variety of his evening show includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, classical with a modern twist and of course, playing the piano while lying upside down. And always included in the lineup are a handful of Jason’s signature original piano pieces that his fans adore.
Generous support for the educational outreach activities was received from the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation and the Dover Exchange Club.
Jason Farnham will perform a public show at the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26 and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office, 330.308.6400 or online at www.kent.edu/tusc/pac. The box office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Performing Arts Center’s 2018-2019 Season is sponsored by Michael Taylor Insurance and Financial Incorporated, an Allstate Agency.
Free parking is available for all shows. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE in New Philadelphia.