Benny Goodman once famously said, “How did I get to Carnegie Hall, practice practice practice.”
Now Greenwich’s own, Randall Atcheson who has been practicing practicing practicing since he was born is playing Carnegie Hall for his 15th time on November 1 in the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.
If you don’t know Randy, as his friends at CFCF call him, you have probably seen him on most mornings dressed in black with lime yellow sneakers and lime yellow arm bands running up Greenwich Ave. That is our Randy.
Officially, Randy is the epitome of a musical Renaissance man. He has a gift of communicating the beauty of music in various forms has led to a decidedly versatile career as a much-sought-after artist in the classics as well as in pop and the sacred repertoire. This versatility was evidenced early in life when he was recognized as a prodigy on both piano and organ. A native from Alabama, he entered Samford University at age 12 and later he was accepted at The Juilliard School where he became the only student in the history of Juilliard ever allowed to pursue and receive simultaneous degrees in piano and organ performance. He studied piano with Sascha Gorodnitzki and organ with Anthony Newman. Randy was the winner of the first Juilliard Organ Competition and subsequently gave the premiere performance on the new pipe organ in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.
He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1991. Following that highly successful event, he was added to the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. Randy’s recording career began following his New York debut on both piano and organ at Alice Tully Hall. He has recorded a total of 16 albums featuring classical music as well as his unique arrangements of sacred music as featured on “Amazing Grace.” Randy has been a featured guest on the nationally televised Gala of Stars from Radio City Music Hall and has performed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. In addition to performing as guest soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, Randy has also appeared as both orchestral conductor and soloist in performances of various Mozart concerti. He has performed on most five continents including performances at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Blenheim Palace, England.
Many of Randy’s Greenwich friends are planning a fun trip to NY for his show on November 1 at 8:00 pm.
Let make this icon of Greenwich’s 15th performance at Carnegie Hall very special.
Or go the Carnegie website and search by date, their system is funky and will not always show the full
roster of shows.