has been active as a pianist and accompanist in the
area for over 25 years and has composed works for solo
piano, voice, choir and chamber ensembles. As a soloist with
orchestra, he has performed in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.
23 in A, Beethoven’s Choral
Fantasy and J. S. Bach’s
Concerto No. 5.
In 1990, he appeared on the television series Music
Alive! sponsored by the Chicago Department of Film and
Entertainment. With a Master of Music degree in Piano
Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, he has been
the Director of Music at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale
since 1987 where he administers a program of classical music
and professional soloists. He also maintains a private
teaching studio. In addition, he serves as president and
member of the Board
of Directors for the Downers Grove Music Club as Education
co-chair and for scholarship fund-raising.
Chris’ recording, Silhouettes, was released
in November 2005. The CD features 12 original compositions
for solo piano and the original song cycle Within
the Circle of the Seasons with tenor Henry Pleas.
The four poems are from Edward Searl’s collection of
seasonal reflections Beggar’s
Bouquet. Previous recordings, produced by Melinda
Perrin, include: Left
Brain/Right Brain (1998), Earth
Air Fire Water (1989), Luminaria
(1990), and Soliloquy
(1991). In 1999, he accompanied tenor Henry Pleas on his
A Spiritual Journey. Chris’ Suite
for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano
and Sonata for
Flute and Piano will be featured in David Gaynes’
documentary film “Next Year in
Garofalo is a Steinway Artist.