10,000 Maniacs to headline Utica for art museum’s season lineup

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80s alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs will perform in Utica on March 11, 2023, in the interior sculpture courtyard of the Munson-William-Proctor Arts Institute.

The band rose to fame for hits like “These Are Days” and “Because the Night,” and a string of albums in the late ’80s and early ’90s that all charted in the US top 50.

Four original members – Steve Gustafson, Dennis Drew, Jerome Augustnyniak and John Lombardo – perform alongside Jeff Erickson and lead vocalist Mary Ramsey. Their last studio album of 2016 is “Playing Favorites”.

Vocalist Nathalie Merchant parted ways with the band in 1993 to pursue a solo career, and guitarist Rob Buck died of liver failure in 2000.

Tickets for the concert on Saturday, March 11 are $50 for general public, $45 for members and $20 for students. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to mwpai.org.

The show is part of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s first full season of performances since 2020. All classes are general admission and there is a cash bar.

Electric violin duo Sons of Mystro will play in October, followed by TAKE3: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in December and Midwest jam band Chicken Wire in February.

The season will also include monthly screenings of independent and foreign films on Wednesdays and Fridays, live opera performances from the Met in New York, and First Friday happy hours from 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. October to May with live music and cash bar. See the full list of events below.

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is located at 310 Genesee St. in Utica. For more information, call the museum at (315) 797-0055 or visit mwpai.org.

Special events

Saturday, September 10 – Keyboard conversations with pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Siegel will perform pieces by Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Leonard Bernstein and many more. $38 for general public, $33 for members, $15 for students. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1 – Electric violin duo Sons of Mystro will perform pop, reggae and other genres with DJ Venimis and percussion. $38 for general public, $33 for members, $15 for students. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 29 – Keyboard conversations with pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Siegel will perform pieces by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. $38 for general public, $33 for members, $15 for students. 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 10 – The TAKE3 trio will present a “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” concert for the Holidays, with Lindsay Deutsch on violin, Jason Stoll on piano and Mikala Schmitz on cello. The museum will host its annual pottery sale before the concert. $38 for general public, $33 for members, $15 for students. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4 – Wisconsin bluegrass jam band Chicken Wire Empire will perform their medley of “jamgrass” music in the Sculpture Courtyard. $38 for general public, $33 for members, $15 for students. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 – Alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs will perform in the courtyard of the sculptures. $50 for general public, $45 for members, $20 for students. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25 – Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton will use baking as an analogy in a multi-layered 50-minute performance exploring American exceptionalism, class and race. The show will include vignettes, digital media, live bakers, stories and, of course, cakes. $25 for general public, $20 for members, $10 for students. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1 – Keyboard Conversations with Pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Siegel will perform piquant Norwegian dance pieces and music by Chopin and Greig. $38 for general public, $33 for members, $15 for students. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday May 13 – Keyboard conversations with pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Siegel will perform Haydn’s humorous “Gypsy Rondo” and touching “Variations in F Minor”, ​​Beethoven’s stormy “Sonata in F Minor” and Mozart’s Last Sonata. $38 for general public, $33 for members, $15 for students. 7:30 p.m.

The Met: Live in HD

The museum will broadcast live HD screenings of performances from the Metropolitan Opera. The season runs from October 22 to June 3. $26 for general public, $22 for members, $15 for students.

Saturday October 22 – “Medea” by Luigi Cherubini

Saturday November 5 – “La Triviata” by Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday December 10 – “The Hours” by Kevin Puts

Saturday January 14 – “Fedora” by Umberto Giordano

Saturday March 18 – “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner

Saturday April 1 – “Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday April 15 – “Der Rosenkavalier” by Richard Strauss

Saturday April 29 – “Champion” by Terence Blanchard

Saturday May 20 – “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Saturday June 3 – “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Jules Struck writes about life and culture in and around Syracuse. Contact her anytime at [email protected] or on Instagram at julesstruck.journo.

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