“From the first notes I was in awe as Payne's fingers flew over the keyboard, capturing notes and emotions
with each musical phrase. The colours and sounds he coaxed from the piano forced me to remind myself
the music was coming from just one man and one instrument.” – The Sarnia Observer
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I LOVE A PIANO
CLAIR DE LUNE
SEND IN THE CLOWNS
ON GOLDEN POND
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
I GOT RHYTHM
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
HEART & SOUL
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
ENCORE: PIANO MAN
2222 4231 Str/timp/perc (2 players, 2nd perc plays kit)/solo piano
All scores and parts are provided.
7’ Grand Piano, or larger. (Yamaha C7, Kawai GX-6 or similar)
Sound system for solo vocals.
2 wireless microphones: one headset, one handheld.
Side wash monitors for orchestra.
Backstage area reserved for costume changes.
Conductor, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Conductor Laureate, Windsor Symphony Orchestra
“As Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, I had the absolute pleasure of working with Mark Payne on numerous occasions. He is a brilliant pianist and a spectacular soloist. He has the rare ability to cross genres with ease and style, whether performing the virtuosic piano soloin Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso”, delighting an audience with Liberace's dazzling arrangement of “Sleigh Ride”, playing sophisticated improvised jazz piano for a pops show, or the spectacular
flourishes in Carmina Burana, his sumptuous playing and collegial demeanour are a joy!”
Artistic Director & CEO of Drayton Ent.
“Audiences were dazzled by Mark Payne's superb musicianship and showmanship. His natural charm creates an immediate rapport with an audience, as he takes them on an unforgettable journey through the power of music. From Beethoven to Billy Joel, his ability to shift seamlessly between multiple genres of music speaks to his incredible talent and versatility as a
Canadian Musical theatre icon and director
"Mark Payne is a uniquely skilled stage performer, whose superb piano artistry is matched by his stage presence and ability to truly entertain an audience. With each performance he impresses the audience with alternating feats of playing and singing, as well as a fun dose of humour. Several of his arrangements create show stopping moments. I can assure you that your audiences will be not only be thrilled with Mark’s sheer talent but will also be surprisingly entertained with his showmanship and the unique variety that this concert offers."
C.M., LL.D (Hon) Founding Artistic Director Pacific Opera Victoria
"I collaborated many times with Mark both with Orchestra London, and Pacific Opera Victoria. His playing is a joy to hear, and he a wonderful colleague. In addition, he is a masterful vocal coach and rehearsal pianist. His piano performance of Kancheli’s “Boston Waltz” with Orchestra London remains memorable for it’s beauty and poignancy…"
Canadian Operatic Baritone, and professor, University of Western Ontario
"Mark Payne is the most gifted pianist I have ever worked with. His technical skill and ability to feel where his colleagues are going is simply amazing. The level to which he can effortlessly play in any genre, (classical, opera, musical theatre, jazz etc.), is mind boggling! Mark's ability to create arrangements, compilations is a very rare gift and he can do literally on the spot as necessary. In addition, he has a powerful and dynamic tenor voice, which is equally at home in opera, jazz or pop vocals. Mark is a kind and generous colleague and there is, simply put, no other pianist I would rather perform with."
Conductor & Musical Director, Toronto, ON
"Beyond the skill, charisma, and focus that Mark brings to his music, there is a wonderful dose of kindness, patience, and real enthusiasm. A real pleasure to work with a top notch professional."