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Second career runs on passion

After renovating eyesore to arts center, business up and down for Patrizio Center

Michael Patrizio stands in the recording studio at The Patrizio Center for the Arts.

Michael Patrizio stands in the recording studio at The Patrizio Center for the Arts. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— “I don’t know what it’s all about. I guess he thought it was something to donate,” Patrizio said. “It’s like he stopped playing it and wanted to give it to me. I don’t know what his crime was, but he thought of donating (the mandolin) to some kid.”

Patrizio said he isn’t sure if the prisoner was an old student of his or someone he used to know, but he couldn’t believe the strange, but thoughtful support.

As the arts center continues to take it one day at a time, Patrizio still smiles, sighs and looks around at the place he created for his ever-growing passion.

“I never feel like I’m working. I spent all those years at North Colonie and I used to joke, ‘I feel guilty getting a paycheck ‘cause I just go and have fun with the kids.’ They must have learned something though … a lot of (those) kids are now music teachers,” Patrizio said. “I look forward to coming here and working. To me, it’s not work. I love it.”

For more information on classes and schedules, visit www.patrizioarts.com.

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