It’s that time of year again that so many piano lovers have been waiting for!
On January 27th and 28th, 2024 the 31st Annual Professional Pianist Concert will hit the stage with two exciting concerts featuring eleven different pianists at the Mendocino College Center Theatre in Ukiah. Performers letting the keys fly this year are Spencer Brewer, Elena Casanova, Wendy DeWitt, Barney McClure, Frankie J, Tom Ganoung, Elizabeth MacDougall, Ed Reinhart, Ben Rueb, Charlie Seltzer and Janice Hawthorne Timm. The musical styles will range from classical to jazz, boogie-woogie to Cuban, Broadway to ragtime…..each performance will be completely different!
This utterly fun and stimulating series features the finest regional pianists on stage in a living room environment. Throughout the performance they trade stories and melodies with two pianos on stage to accommodate impromptu collaborations. The event is an annual sellout because of the diversity and quality of music in a multitude of styles, and the humor that takes place throughout the evening.
Saturday, January 27th at 7:00pm will feature Spencer Brewer, Elena Casanova, Frankie J, Elizabeth MacDougall, Barney McClure and Ed Reinhart.
Sunday the 28th at 2:00pm will include Spencer Brewer, Wendy DeWitt, Tom Ganoung, Ben Rueb, Charlie Seltzer and Janice Hawthorne Timm.
No two concerts are the same, so if you love piano and piano music, please consider enjoying more than one performance!
The concerts benefit the Ukiah Community Concert Association, Mendocino College Recording Arts Club and the Allegro Scholarship Program. Tickets are on sale at Mendocino Book Co. in Ukiah, Mazahar in Willits and online at www.UkiahConcerts.org. Tickets are $25 general admission and $30 “I ‘Wanna’ See the Hands” limited seating. For more information call (707) 463-2738.
Sponsors are Fowler Auto Center, Sparetime Supply, Savings Bank of Mendocino, Ukiah Community Concerts, Waterman Plants, K-WINE/MAX, KOZT-The Coast and KZYX/Z. Refreshments will be provided by Ukiah Community Concert Association.
The Mendocino College Center Theatre is at 1000 Hensley Creek Rd in Ukiah. There will be autographed CD’s, music and books by the artists for sale in the lobby.
STYLES OF MUSIC
Spencer Brewer – Contemporary Classical & Original Compositions
Elena Casanova – Cuban Classical & Jazz, Classical
Tom Ganoung – Originals, Rock, Classical
Frankie J – R & B, Soul, Gospel
Elizabeth MacDougall – Classical
Barney McClure – Outrageous Jazz
Ed Reinhart – Boogie-Woogie & Blues
Ben Rueb – Classical
Charlie Seltzer – Broadway & Show Tunes
Wendy DeWitt – Boogie Woogie & Blues
Janice Hawthorne Timm – 20th Century American Classical