Bria Skonberg Quintet to perform at MWPAI


UTICA — The 2018-19 Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Concerts in the Court series continues with the Bria Skonberg Quintet 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court.

Tickets are $31.50, $26.50 for members. The Museum opens at 6:30 p.m. so patrons may view the current exhibitions, socialize, and visit the Museum Shop. 

Concerts in the Court feature a cash bar and special gallery talks at intermission. For tickets contact the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 315-797-0055 or 1-800-754-0797.

Tickets are also available online at  

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New York-based Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal.

Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat Magazine, Skonberg has been a force in the new generation with her signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals with creative concoctions of old and new.

The 2017 Juno winner for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Skonberg has performed at hundreds of festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival. In 2015, following her second album, Into Your Own, Skonberg received the distinguished Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing Award.

In the last year, she has performed the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams, played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews Band at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste, and sang The Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for a New York Rangers game.

January tours and workshops

Collection Tour: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Art and Yoga For Mind, Body, and Spirit: Saturdays, Jan. 12, 19, and Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Full session (seven classes): $75, $50 MWPAI members. Drop-in fee: $15, $10 MWPAI members. For full session, please pay in advance through the ticket office, 315-797-0055. Drop-ins can pay at the door.

Each class offers a 15-minute introduction to art in the gallery followed by one hour of yoga. All levels of ability are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat. For more information, contact the Museum Education Department at 315-797-0000, ext. 2158.

Film series

Films are shown in the Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium every Wednesday and Friday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 MWPAI members, $4 for students with ID, free for PrattMWP students.

Both Wednesday screenings will feature Open Captions (subtitles) for the benefit of our deaf or hearing-impaired guests. Please be aware that this service is not always available from the film distributor, but will be provided whenever possible.For tickets or more information, call 315-797-0055 or visit

Jan. 11: “At Eternity’s Gate,” rated PG-13. Scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Willem Dafoe) personal letters.

Jan. 16 and 18: “Shoplifters,” Japan, rated R. A ragtag intergenerational group living together in a seedy Tokyo apartment support themselves by petty theft and playful grifting.

Jan. 23 and 25: “Becoming Astrid,” Sweden, not rated. “Becoming Astrid” is the moving true story of a young woman’s struggle for independence in 1920s Sweden.


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