Pops at the Forum will feature Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter, a cheeky work for typewriter soloist and orchestra. Philharmonic Principal Percussionist Sam Lazzara will be our typewriterist. (Is typewriterist a word?)
Last season, Sam's cymbal crashed to the floor during the most tender moment of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto! Who knows what will happen this time?!
Sam Lazzara, typewriterist
Sam’s career takes him to concert halls around the country and throughout the world. He is principal percussionist with the Binghamton Philharmonic played with opera star Jesseye Norman, pop/theater legends Carol Channing, Skitch Henderson, Rita Moreno, John Pizzarelli, Lucie Arnaz, Susan Lucci, Marnie Nixon, Suzanne Vega, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Steven Rieneke, Megan Hilti, the Singing Nun Christina Scuccia, Annie Golden and The Irish Tenors. Sam has toured the country with the New York City Opera, performed with The Mark Morris Dance Company and toured the Czech Republic and Poland performing the music of Karlhein Stockhausen. His work has been broadcast nationally on NPR and heard on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Sam can be seen on the big and small screen in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, Wall Street 2, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Good Shepherd, and recently in the indie film, 40 Winks. The New York Times wrote, “Sam Lazzara is a firm and stabilizing presence on percussion. (Anne Midgette).”