AB&C Trio presenting free show in Hornell

HORNELL — Francesco Attesti has traveled the globe, bringing the joy of classical music to countless ears across Europe, North and South America.

His annual visits to Hornell, though, have a special place on his calendar each year.

“I love Hornell and the area, it is kind of a quiet and relaxing place. I come from the countryside in Tuscany and I love when nature blends together with a small town,” Attesti told The Spectator. “Also, I have Hornell in my heart since Mayor Shawn Hogan awarded me with the Key to the City some years ago and I’m very proud of this honor!”

Attesti, a classical pianist, will be making another appearance in the Maple City Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Hornell High School. It is part of Attesti’s Autumn American Tour with the “AB&C Trio” — Attesti on piano, plus double bass player Maurizio "Bozorius" Bozzi and drummer Maicol Cucchi.

Hornell is sandwiched between tour stops in Washington, DC and Atlanta, underscoring the privilege of having world class music appearing in the Maple City. Attesti often performs in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, but he has a soft spot for venues like Hornell.

“I think the setting is always quite intimate and I prefer it to very large audiences,” he said.

Attesti’s appearance with the AB&C Trio is being sponsored by Maple City Sound, the City of Hornell and The Spectator. The Dec. 8 concert is available free of charge for any and all. All proceeds from a freewill donation will go to St. James Hospital.

“Maple City Sound has brought unique entertainment to the Hornell area for many years. This world-class trio is no exception,” said spokesperson Shawn Hogan. “This concert has received rave reviews worldwide. We greatly encourage all to attend this free concert on Dec. 8 here in Hornell. A freewill collection will be taken to benefit St. James Hospital. All, please turn out — you will not be disappointed.”

Attesti brings a new program with every fresh visit to Hornell, and this year is no different. Concertgoers can expect an interesting fusion of jazz and classical music.

“I think that the program this time will be quite particular because we will perform famous works by Bach in a jazz version and it is very unusual to listen to such a kind of program,” he said. “I come from the classical world and it was quite a challenge for me changing style and interpretation. I’ve played most of the works we will perform during my childhood but now it is something completely different, using a completely different language. I’m sure the audience will enjoy it tremendously, the combination of jazz and classic is simply fantastic, and with Bach the result is gorgeous.”

Attesti hinted that the program will have something for everyone, including those that aren’t well acquainted with classical music.

“In the past I’ve performed only classical music, as a soloist or as a duet with different musicians, but this time we will blend classical with jazz and I have with me two outstanding musicians,” he said. “Let’s say that we will perform a lot of very well known tunes, presented a very different and unexpected way.”

Like Attesti, Bozzi and Cucchi have extensive experience playing topflight venues around the world. Spectators at the Dec. 8 show will be treated to a trio of world class musicians.

“My colleagues are two outstanding musicians with decades of performances all around Europe and North America,” Attesti said. “The double bass player, Maurizio ‘Bozorius’ Bozzi, that is also my producer, performed with the best jazz and pop musicians from Italy and Europe for more than 30 years and it is an honor playing with him. The drummer, Maicol Cucchi, is a force of nature, and he is able to find always wonderful sounds, ideas and style to every music genre. I can say I’m very lucky, they are two dear friends and this is also another reason that we have a lot of fun playing together.”