With a concert soprano for a mother, a conductor/composer for a grandfather, a concert violinist for a granduncle and a bunch of brothers who played the violin . . . well, it sure would have disappointed Paul Calistus Ashley’s family if he’d been born with a tin ear. Predictably enough, however, the boy turned out to be a little prodigy, making a name for himself across his native Caribbean as a piano soloist and accompanist by the age of 7. Today the Juilliard grad and multiple award winner is a seasoned performer who's been hailed for his “awesome technical brilliance” and “exceptional artistry” — no mean feat in a day and age where feats of keyboard wizardry are a dime a dozen. Calistus Ashley will perform a program that showcases a variety of styles, including a Mozart sonata; Ravel’s shimmering and seemingly technically impossible Gaspard de la Nuit; three works by Brahms that include the great G minor Rhapsody, Op. 79; a few Nocturnes and Etudes by Chopin, as well as the whirlwind Scherzo No. 1; and more. Zip on down to the Zipper. Colburn School Of Music, Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.; $20-$60. (213) 427-6001 or www.queenstickets.com.
—Mary Beth Crain
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