Trio gives ben­e­fit per­for­mance

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­

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.

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