A talented pianist with a taste for comedy will be performing in Mount Isa tomorrow night.
Mad Maestros comes to the Civic Centre Saturday night (August 24) and in it David Scheel pays tribute to the greatest eccentrics in musical history, in a hilarious mix of true stories and beautiful music.
From the love lives of Liszt and Al Jolson to the world's worst singers, the most accident-prone opera, and the testy prima donnas from classics to pop, the secrets of music's nuttiest composers and performers are revealed in Mad Maestros, and illustrated with their music on the piano.
Among the things you'll discover on the night is what Percy Grainger told his fiancée on the eve of their wedding; how Toscanini managed to lose an entire orchestra in the desert, and what Sir Thomas Beecham had to say about singers (and everything else).
The Australian-born Scheel enjoyed dual but separate careers as a concert pianist and actor, on stage, in films and on television.
He moved to Britain in the 1980s and soon found himself starring in the famous New Revues in London's West End.
His first one-man shows soon blossomed into a smash hit, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, which has now been touring the world for 15 years.
Organisers say Mad Maestro's' delicious mix of comedy and piano music is an illustration of why David Scheel is regarded worldwide as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge.
Mad Maestros is on at 7.30pm Saturday at the Civic Centre. Tickets available here.
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