The Press Newspaper
Pianist Jason Farnham – a popular favorite at the Pemberville Opera House, will return for a concert entitled “Get in the Mood for Christmas,” Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the Live! in the House concert series.
Raised in Northeast Ohio and living in California with his wife Lisa, Farnham has been hailed as the “International Entertainer of Contemporary Piano Music.”
He began playing the piano at the age of 4 and studied with numerous teachers and was classically trained. Later, in high school and his college years at Ohio University, he began crafting his own style of music.
A diverse composer, producer and songwriter, Farnham’s song “Rock Star,” from the album “Barriers,” was included in two feature films, “Bobby Khan’s Ticket to Hollywood” (2011) and “American High School” (2009), as well a number of commercials.
“Morning Coffee,” from the same album, was featured on the Filter Magazine Channel on all American Airlines flights for the month of January 2009.
Farnham also composed music for the Dr. Oz Show. He is also known for his world peace song and its YouTube video, “Love Around the World.”
His music has also been licensed and used in numerous public service announcements, promos and election campaigns. Visit www.jasonfarnham.com to keep up with the most recent news.
Fans have affectionately dubbed Farnham as“Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience.
His show repertoire includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist.
The newest addition to his piano show is Fur Elise with a techno-rock-dance beat – “Fur Crying Out Loud Elise, Let’s Dance.” Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca has now become “Rondo Alla Techno.”
Can he play the piano while lying upside down Amadeus-style? Of course. And always included in the lineup are a handful of Farnham’s signature original piano pieces, like his 2008 original instrumental hit, “Lisa’s Song” (When). During the Christmas season, audiences enjoy Farnham’s innovative arrangements like “Calyps-O Christmas Tree,” “We Wish you A Merry Christmas Charlie Brown Style,” and “I Got the Jingle Bells Blues.” And what holiday show is complete without an audience sing-a-long at the end?
Tickets are $10 and are available at Beeker’s General Store or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.