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Posted by Meagan McGinnes at 9:18PM

 Jairo Geronymo is taking part in a “musictopia” at the Concert for Microtopias, happening on Tuesday March 27th at 8:15 p.m at Hockett Recital Hall.

Geronymo is the pianist for this concert, which is embracing this year’s theme in a unique and exciting way. The repertoire greatly contrasts. The musicians are using the pieces to try to portray images of various utopias, all contrasting and connecting at the same time.

“I hope the audience will enjoy. It will be a trip through different worlds of music,” said Geronymo.

Geronymo has been playing the piano his entire life. Geronymo, originally from Brazil, said his mother’s family was very poor.

“So when people ask me how did I choose piano, I say I didn’t have a choice!”

However, after playing for nine years, he realized piano was an art he really enjoyed. He went to the United States to go to college and get his masters degree. After living in Seattle, he came to Ithaca College to teach for four years. Now Geronymo has been living in Berlin for four years. Yet, throughout his time at IC and in Berlin, he has been an engaged participant and performer in FLEFF—a festival he is intrigued with because of the mixture of having a multimedia experience on so many levels, with the music, the beautiful poems, the singers and of course with the images through film.

“It’s about the collaboration and creation of these works,” Geronymo said. “I think many times people think classical music can be elitist. I dare everybody who thinks that way to come to our concert because it will certainly be something very different, not what you expect.” 

And that’s something he believes college students should embrace to get the full college experience—the different, the unexpected.

“People can just go to Ithaca College and go to classes and do nothing. But the college has so much more to offer. It’s a question of personal; it’s a personal choice. People can come here and do nothing or they can take part in something—like FLEFF. It’s a really unique experience to really open up your minds.”

So open your mind, and your ears, at the Concert for Microtopias. Click the link for more information!


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