Two Nights. Nine Pianists.
Dec 24, 2019 11:36AM
During the annual Professional Pianists Concert, the stage of the Mendocino College Center Theatre in Ukiah is turned into a living room. On couches and easy chairs, local pianists engage in witty banter and then take turns tickling the ivories of two grand pianos. This year’s performers include Spencer Brewer, Elena Casanova, Wendy DeWitt, Frankie J., Tom Ganoung, Elizabeth MacDougall, Barney McClure, Ed Reinhart, and Charlie Seltzer. In both solo and collaborative performances, they will play work from a variety of genres, from classical to Broadway, Cuban to boogie-woogie, jazz to R&B and soul. Concerts will take place January 10–11 at 7 p.m. and January 12 at 2 p.m. No two will be alike. In its 28th year, the popular event sells out early, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $20, or $30 for “I Wanna See the Hands” seating, and are on sale at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, Mazahar in Willits, or online at ukiahconcerts.org. Proceeds benefit the Ukiah Community Concert Association, the Mendocino College Recording Arts and Technology Club, and the Allegro Foundation Music Scholarship.