"The sound carries up. The glass railings we installed to replace the metal railings carry the music all the way up to the food court in a less distorted way," she said.
The mall's newly redesigned fountain isn't as noisy as the former one, so it's been left on while Scarpelli plays and he said it adds to the ambiance.
He will play from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at least through April. If it's well received, he and the mall will continue the arrangement.
So far, so good.
Scarpelli said McCracken told him to be prepared to take requests.
"The first thing she asked me was, 'Can you play and talk at the same time?' "
He comes prepared with a wide-ranging repertoire.
"I thought people would want to hear some recognizable melodies. I was thinking the classical thing is nice, but I'm not really proficient on all of the classical stuff," he said. "I was thinking more of music through the ages, so what I did was referenced Grammy Award-winning songs of the years, as well as the Billboard Top 10 of the years since 1950. I'm trying to get a lot of that in my repertoire. If it won an award, it's going to be recognized in some way (by listeners)."
With his first week under his belt, Scarpelli already has seen repeat visitors to the center court. And he's gotten requests.
One man asked him for Beatles tunes - easy enough for the Beatles expert.
"And I had a little kid come and ask for 'Tomorrow' from 'Annie,' " he said. "I'm having fun - I'm just doing what I enjoy."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.