Hey Tampa Bay... Julian here with an update from our friends at the Carrollwood Cultural Center: Pianist Franz Mantini will perform a solo recital to benefit the Carrollwood Cultural Center Friday, September 24th, 2010 at 7:30 pm.  The program will feature works by Bach, Haydn, Chopin, and Liszt played on the Center’s Shigeru grand piano.
See it at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL 33618, (813) 269-1310. Admission: $20 for non-members, $15 for Carrollwood Cultural Center members, Seniors and Students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CarrollwoodCenter.org, by calling (813) 269-1310, or at the Center.
Franz Josef Mantini, pianist and graduate of the University of South Florida, studied under the tutelage of the late USF distinguished artist-in residence Jacques Abram. Mr. Mantini maintains an active schedule of both solo and chamber music. He has performed Concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and MacDowell and chamber music with the Lafayette String Quartet and principal members of The Florida Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.
Awards include winner of the USF Concerto Competition and a prize winner in the 1990 Florida West Coast Chopin Competition. He was awarded Jury Discretionary Prize and Best Performance of a Classical Era Work at the 4th and 5th International Piano Competitions for Outstanding Amateurs, respectively, presented by the Van Cliburn Foundation.
Mr. Mantini is one of sixty participants selected from around the globe to participate in the gold class of the 2010 International Piano Competition in Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Mantini earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in engineering management and has applied his training working at a variety of electronics companies in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Mantini resides in Tampa with his wife Julie, and sons Gabriel and Gianni.

So this is quite something for all lovers of good hand-made music...check it out! In the meanwhile I will keep you updated with all the exciting stuff to do and great entertainment options in Tampa Bay as well as Tampa Bay area events! Check back soon!