So when Scarpelli suggested the two could team up during GoodNight on New Year's Eve, Tucker readily agreed. Scarpelli does double duty that night, joining Ryan Hardiman and a strings ensemble for a David Bowie tribute. For several years, he also accompanied singers Joe and Shirley Romagnoli. When the Romagnolis decided instead to spend New Year's Eve out of town, Scarpelli turned to Tucker.
Tucker and Hardiman will alternate sets Monday night, each performing twice.
Tucker, who has listened to Groban's powerful voice for years, has a strong voice, but Scarpelli said it's more complex than that.
"The unique thing about his voice is that it's one that can fill the whole room, but it also can be soft," Scarpelli said.
He and Tucker have worked out a song list that includes many tunes for which Groban is known, but it is not exclusively so. Songs include "Bells of New York" to "Ave, Maria," "Volare," "Love Only Knows" and "O, Holy Night."
As he usually does, Scarpelli has arranged the music.
"I feel more comfortable that way -- arranging is organizing," he said.Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
Trolleys: Will make continuous loops among all performance locations beginning at 6 p.m. at no charge.