Carlo Curley was 8 years old when he broke into his local church in Monroe, N.C., so he could do what he'd always dreamed of doing -- play the organ. He grew up to become "the Pavarotti of the organ." He became the first classical organist to give a solo recital at the White House, and he has also played for Princess Grace of Monaco and the English and Danish royals.
Curley has written a witty memoir, "In the Pipeline." It details not only his life as a student of the colorful Virgil Fox, but also an analysis of his Zodiac sign, which is Virgo, and the romantic adventures he has enjoyed as a single guy on the road. (He has a special weakness for Scandinavian women. Recalling one, he writes: "Boy, did I feel like writing to her! It was time for me to experience the land of Hans Christian Andersen for myself.")
Next weekend, Curley is coming to Buffalo for two concerts. He will perform at 8 p.m. next Friday on the Fisk organ at Lippes Hall in the University at Buffalo's Slee Hall. On March 4 at 8 p.m., he'll play a concert in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.During both performances, Curley will be joined onstage by Michael Barone, host of the national radio show "Pipedreams," heard locally on WNED-FM.Catch one concert for $12, or both for $20. For more information, call 645-2921.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman