B Sharp in-person performance planned for Utica

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B Sharp Musical Club of Utica will return to in-person performances this January with a program featuring piano collaborations. 

The program, to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, is free. On the concert repertoire are several selections for piano duos, as well as pieces for piano and voice, and a winds/piano trio. 

“Two, Four, Six, Eight: Hands That Make the Music Great!” features a number of B Sharp pianists, as well as friends of the group, including Sar Shalom Strong, Kathy Austin, John Krause, Greg Unangst, Dominic Fiacco, Tina Toglia, Julia Omelko, and Fiona Peters. Vocalist Ying Wu and the winds/piano trio, Topaz, also join the program. Music includes piano duos by Benjamin, Bach, Milhaud, and Boyman; music for voice and piano by Bizet, Donizetti and Shu Yan; and a trio for clarinet, bassoon and piano by Goephart. 

“Two, Four, Six, Eight: Hands That Make the Music Great!” will be held in the Sinnott Family-Bank of Utica Auditorium at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. All COVID protocols for in-person, live performances will be followed. For the latest information about COVID protocols at the MWPAI venue, visit Home — Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (mwpai.org). 

Following the January performance, B Sharp Musical Club has four other events planned for this calendar year. On Feb. 12, “Love Songs” will be presented at Kirkland Art Center, and on April 3, B Sharp presents its Scholarship Winners Recital, showcasing talented high school students in a post-competition performance at MWPAI.

Returning to MWPAI on May 15, B Sharp presents an afternoon of music dedicated to mothers, and on July 11 at Grace Episcopal Church in Utica, the program, “College Days,” features young artists who major in music in their return to the community, sharing their talents. 

B Sharp Club’s 2022 season is made possible in part with funds from a 2020 Decentralization Grant, a regrant program of the state Council on the Arts with the support of the governor and the State Legislature, and administered by CNY Arts.

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