B Sharp event at RACC March 14


The B Sharp Music Club in collaboration with the Rome Art and Community Center will present an evening of music of classical, jazz and musical theater selections at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in the RACC living room, 308 W. Bloomfield St.

Jon Frederic West (Heldontenor) performed his graduate work at Manhattan School of Music and at the Juilliard American Opera Center. In 2006 he earned his doctorate in musical arts. He sang at most every major opera house, with many major conductors and many major symphony orchestras in Europe and the U.S.

Sharon West (Mezzo-Soprano) graduated on full scholarship from the master’s program in opera theater at Manhattan School of Music in New York. She has performed leading roles as a lyric soprano with the Boris Goldovski Touring Company and the Amato Opera in New York which included Madama Butterfly, Madellena in “Andre Chenier,” Mimi in “La Boheme” and Leonora in “Il Travatore.”

Sar-Shalom Strong (classical pianist) has for over 30 years collaborated with many international artists as well as musicians who live and perform in upstate New York. He has been a soloist with the Utica Symphony, Hamilton College Orchestra and Symphoria. Strong is a lecturer in piano and coordinator of staff pianists for Hamilton College.

Dan Evans (jazz pianist) has been a professional jazz pianist for over 50 years. He spent 40 years in New York City playing piano bar at hotels, restaurants and clubs throughout the city. He moved back to his home town of Barneveld after retiring and has played with several groups in this area.

Pete Ruben (saxophonist) – graduated from the Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. He spent two years in Orleans, France, after then returned to the local area playing in the Rome Civic Band, Sal Alberico Big Band, Utica Civic Band and many other groups in the Utica/Rome area.

Mike Plehn (drums) has accompanied Dan Evans for the last few years. He has played with various local musicians over the past 25 years. He is self taught with no formal training.

Linda LoRusso (alto) sang with a five-piece band in the 70s, has performed with the Hamilton College Community and Masterworks Chorale and performs at the Jazz Workshops sponsored by CNY Jazz Arts in Syracuse. She is a student of Nancy Kelley.

Peter Costianes (bass/baritone) has been involved in over 60 productions in local theater with the Capitol Theater Summerstage since 1989 and the Rome Community Theater as actor and director. He sings with the Hamilton College Community Masterworks Chorale and performs at the Jazz Workshops sponsored by CNY Jazz Arts in Syracuse. He is a student of Jon Frederic West.

The members of the group will perform musical theater/jazz selections: “It Might As Well Be Spring”. “Piano Man.” “Take The A-Train,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Cry Me A River,” “God Bless the Child,” “It Had To Be You,” “What Kind of Fool Am I,” selections from “Most Happy Fella,” Chopin Polonaise opus 26, Beethoven sonata opus 13 (allegro) and “Graceful Ghost Rag.”

This is a free concert. Donations to the B Sharp student scholarship fund will be accepted.


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