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My View: Peter Cincotti – Long Way Home at The Cutting Room

My View: Peter Cincotti – Long Way Home at The Cutting Room

Put Lang Lang, Billy Joel, and Harry Connick into a piano blender and you will create something approaching the excitement of Peter Cincotti.  Add in a dose of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles and you’re getting close to the final product.  To my ears there is nothing better than the special bonding and coordination a singer pianist has.  The fingers know exactly how to wrap around the vocal chords and Peter can do that extraordinary well….but last night at The Cutting Room it was a “Long Way From Home” which is the title of his newest album.  Peter has a huge fan base and the exuberant demographically diverse audience were joining in on some of the new refreshing songs coming from this innovative composer/singer/pianist.  The exhilaration and musical arousal created by his piano playing reminded me of the description of the effect the great classical pianist Franz Liszt had on his audiences who on occasion could not control their enthusiasm.   I must say I was taken by surprise at the start of Peter’s performance.  A tall thin guy sneaked onto the stage who I thought was the best looking piano tuner I’d ever seen.  It looked like he was about to prepare the strings for the hammering they would soon endure, but it was Peter who put his hands on the keys and the brilliant overwhelming technique and creativity let loose.  This was a show in every sense of the word. 

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Peter Cincotti

Peter Cincotti

Eda Sorokoff, Peter CIncotti, Stephen Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Arlene Lazare, Allan Lazare, Peter Glebo, Tony Danza


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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