Join us in our intimate Farmhouse concert venue as we present the multi-faceted percussionist James Musto, whose career spans musical theater to the NY Philharmonic, in his one-man show entitled Percussion Around the World. This presentation-lecture utilizes over fifty unique percussion instruments from his private collection, sharing their history, geographical significance and usage.
Mr. Musto has performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and on tour in the USA and Europe. He has performed under the batons of such conducting greats as Mstislav Rostropovich, David Robertson, Sir Colin Davis, James Conlon, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Sakari Oramo, Kent Nagano, Matthias Pintscher, and Alan Gilbert. He has played percussion with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel on their annual tour stop at Carnegie Hall. C
With his extensive collection of timpani and percussion, he has performed and recorded with the period instrument groups, The American Classical Orchestra and The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Other area orchestras include: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Chamber Symphony, New York City Opera, L’Opera Francais de New York, New York Pops, and The American Symphony Orchestra, Darlene Love’s Christmas Show, Aretha Franklin in Concert and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show. He has toured with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, as a member of the ensemble, a xylophone soloist and creating accompanying sound effects for silent films. Mr. Musto was the percussionist in the Broadway production of A Tale of Two Cities. He was the Latin percussionist in the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever, and has played over 20 musicals on Broadway as a drummer and acoustic/electronic percussionist. He has recorded for RCA Victor, Polygram, Varese-Sarabande, Disney, and Newport Classics; and can be heard on recordings of numerous cast albums under the direction of such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb and Alan Menken.
Mr. Musto received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elden Bailey and Roland Kohloff. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College where his first teacher of orchestral percussion and conducting was George Goneconto. He is currently on the faculty of Kean University.
$15 general admission in advance
$10 seniors, students and FAC members
$20 at the door