Sweet Sounds: Beaufort hosts many musical performances

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From gospel to classical, here are some great live musical acts you won’t want to miss this weekend.

• On Sunday, January 27 at 4 p.m. The University of South Carolina Gospel Choir will present the “Soul and Sounds of Gospel Music” at USCB Center for the Arts in downtown Beaufort. The choir is directed by Dr. Carl R. Wells, who is the USC

The Manhattan Piano Trio comprises Milana Strezeva on the piano, Wayne Lee on the Violin and Dmitry Kouzov on the cello.

Director of Access and Equity/Diversity Training and who also holds degrees in Music and Divinity. The concert will feature singing traditional gospel, contemporary gospel and urban contemporary gospel music.  In addition to the gospel choir, the Beaufort Mass Choir, under the direction of Scott Gibbs, will perform a couple of popular gospel songs and a finale with the USC gospel choir. Tickets are Adults $15, Students $10.  Call the CFA Box office to reserve yours today at 843-521-4145.

• Fripp Island Friends of Music presents an innovative performance of classical music with a Spanish flair.  Alfonso Lopez and Michelle Tabor bring their heralded artistry to Fripp on Sunday, January 27 at 5 p.m. at the Fripp Island Community Center. Tickets are $25 Adults/$10 for students.

• The Manhattan Piano Trio will present a concert at the Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort, on Monday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.  Their program will include works by Haydn, Smetana, Martinu, and Dvorak.

Hailed by critics as “a grand departure from the usual,” the Manhattan Piano Trio has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. With more than 500 performances since its inception in 2004, the Trio is one of the most active groups in the classical music scene, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences in more than 35 American states, as well as in Italy, South Africa and Australia. The Washington Post described the Trio as “impressive” and “outstanding,” while the Sarasota Herald Tribune said “one seldom is privileged to enjoy music of such a wide range of styles performed with self-effacing skill and relaxed assurance.”

The Trio comprises Milana Strezeva on the piano, Wayne Lee on the Violin and Dmitry Kouzov on the cello — all award-winning soloists in their own right. Since its inception in 2004, the Trio has captured grand prizes. Strongly committed to educating new generations of musicians and music lovers, the Trio is also adept at weaving informative talks into its performances, thereby imparting greater musical insight and emotional clarity to its audiences.

This concert is open to the public.  Donations will be appreciated. For more information, contact Charles D. Frost, Minister of Music at the Sea Island Church at 843-525-0696 or cfrost@sipcnet.org.