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My View: Mike Renzi…His music will live on forever

When Mike Renzi put his fingers on the keys it wasn’t just about his extraordinary technical precision, or his harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness, It was also about his ability to interject silence at just the right moments during his accompaniment of a vocalist.  He played for the best, Mel, Tony, Peggy, Jack, and also collaborated with new young vocalists like Nicolas King.

Once, as kind of a joke I wrote a review about a singer he was playing for and dedicated one line to the entertainer and the rest about Mike’s playing.  He called me up in that gangster type voice he sometimes used and said “now that’s a fxxxxx good review!”  Mike didn’t take care of himself enough, but he did take care of all of us who appreciate and understand musical greatness. 

Stephen Sorokoff & Mike Renzi
Dick Robinson, Mike Renzi, Eda Sorokoff
Eda Sorokoff, Mike Renzi, Stephen Sorokoff
Mike Renzi & Stephen Sorokoff

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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 Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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