Local concert pianist to appear at PFLAG-Detroit meeting

By |2018-01-16T08:34:27-05:00February 10th, 2005|Uncategorized|

TROY – Concert pianist Joseph Palazzolo will be appearing this Sunday at PFLAG-Detroit’s monthly meeting. He will present a lecture on gay composers and also perform.
“Many composers throughout history have been gay but due to societal taboos their sexuality has been kept secret,” said Palazzolo. “In this lecture-concert I will yank them out of the closet with little-known, interesting facts about their public as well as private lives.”
Palazzolo has studied piano since the age of seven. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the St. Clair Shores, Warren and Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Orchestras and continues to perform frequently in the Detroit area. Palazzolo has also worked as an organist and choir director at many different area churches over the past 30 years. Currently, he is the choir director of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church.
“I’ve always enjoyed music and I’ve always made my living making music,” Palazzolo said.
Much of Palazzolo’s time these days is spent teaching out of his home studio in Ferndale. He has a roster of 30 students that he sees weekly.
“I wanted to be in business for myself,” Palazzolo said of his decision to start teaching. “I wanted to be my own boss. I also have a passion for classical music. I just get ignited when my kids get excited about music. I love to mentor them and I love to see them improve. Some kids I’ve had for six or seven years and now they’re playing concertos and sounding so wonderful. It thrills me to see their progress and to see that I had a hand in that. I call them my kids, even the few adults that I have.”
Joining Palazzolo at the PFLAG meeting will be Stephen Eddins, a local gay composer who along with his partner, tenor Randy Gilchrist, will present his song setting of Walt Whitman poetry. Other selections on the schedule for this event include solos by Aaron Copeland, Griffes, Handel, Cole Porter and Palazzolo’s own Liszt-like arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from the Nutcracker Ballet.

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Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael joined Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. He has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author for his authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," released on his own JAM Books imprint.