Trio gives benefit performance
CENTREVILLE — Tenor Paul McIlvaine of Alexandria, Va., piano accompanist Diane Kinsley of Arnold, and soprano Annie Gill of “Greektown” in Baltimore City performed at the Centre for the Arts on Saturday evening, Jan. 21, as a benefit for the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. The trio performed 20 popluar Broadway opera songs.
McIlvaine explained the difference is between straight Broadway and opera performances, “Those who perform opera, can’t dance” (to the laughter of the audience).
Among the songs: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Could’ve Danced All Night,” “Till there was You,” a magnificent “O mio babbino Caro” and “La Donna e Mobile,” as well as three classics from West Side Story — “Maria,” “Somewhere” and “Tonight.” The three are all professionals who perform regularly together.
Many in the audience commented the evening performances were extraordinary. The appearance was arranged by QA Arts Council member Audrey Scott of Queenstown, who had seen them perform recently in Easton.
Next up, on Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., will be the annual “High Tea — 352nd birthday of Queen Anne” served by local elected officials, $40 per person; Feb. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., “55 & Over (or those who like to be over 55) Valentine’s Dance” (free admission), music by D.J.s Jack and Tracy Wilson; and Feb. 25, 7 to 9 p.m., closing of the “Small Works” exhibit (currently on display), free refreshments.