Lively piano, vocalist duo bring their show to OBX Saturday

By on February 12, 2018

Pianist Emile Pandolphi and vocalist Dana Russell. (

Pianist Emile Pandolphi and vocalist Dana Russell will perform for the fifth concert of the 35th extraordinary Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

“You will not want to miss their bewitching arrangements of beautiful ballads, rich and sumptuous medleys, musical memories, comedic monologue and more, which they will bring to our Outer Banks’ ‘living room,’” said Eddie Cooke, the Forum’s president.

A performing arts mainstay, Pandolphi first began to study piano at The Third Street Music Settlement in Manhattan. He made his orchestral debut in his hometown, performing with the Greenville, S.C. Symphony Orchestra at age 14.

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After earning a piano performance degree from Baylor University, Pandolphi mixed his classical technique with pop standards, Broadway classics and light jazz.

Over the years, he played in the Virgin Islands, England, Denver and Los Angeles, including a six-year stint at the Comedy Store. He toured the United States and Australia before settling in Greenville to raise his family.

Since then, he has performed around the country, drawing from his own Americana songbook, pop, and Broadway hits.

Dana Russell is also from Greenville, S.C., and began her first serious vocal training at Greenville’s Fine Arts Center, then at Columbia College.

Following graduation, she moved to New York, where she won leading roles in shows such as Showboat (Julie), The Fantastiks (Louisa), Sweeney Todd (Joanna and the Beggar Woman), West Side Story (Maria) and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well in Paris.

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After touring as a singer/dancer with Broadway Reviews, Russell headed for television and radio, serving as co-host and co-anchor on nationally broadcast shows with Steve Gatlin and Bill Gaither.

The performance is sponsored by The Outer Banks Hospital and Outer Beaches Realty.

To purchase individual tickets, visit Outer Banks Forum tickets.  Individual tickets are $28 (for adults) and $15 (for students under age 17), including sales tax. On the evening of the performance, single tickets will be available at the box office window beginning at 6:30 p.m. At the box office, all forms of payment will be accepted.

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Have questions? Send an email Outer Banks Forum info or call Kim Prince, membership director, (252) 256-9361. For more general information, visit the Outer Banks Forum on Facebook or visit Outer Banks Forum.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.

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