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L’Affaire Musicale: Ivory & Gold

April 12, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

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Don’t miss this delightful concert series in Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room

Praised by The L.A. Jazz Scene as a musical duo that can “draw out the beauty in the rich melodies and play the music…with taste, sensitivity, and a real affection for the idiom,” Ivory & Gold celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. Jeff and Anne Barnhart join us for a program entitled “From Ragtime to Broadway and Beyond.” amongst Impressionist paintings by Monet and Degas in evening lights at L’Affaire Musicale.

5:45 pm      Wine and cheese reception
6:30 pm      Musical performance


Museum Members | $45
Non-Members | $55
LetsGOArts! Members | $45

For additional concerts, see L’Affaire Musicale in our Calendar.

Presented with generous support from The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Flutist Anne Barnhart’s musical experiences with Ivory & Gold have taken her around the world.  Her performances have been enjoyed from coast to coast in the US and abroad in places such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Russia, French Polynesia, South America, Canada, and France just to name a few. Audiences are dazzled by her technique, awed by her tone and enthralled with her timing when bantering with her husband, pianist Jeff Barnhart. Anne is a magna cum laude graduate of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and holds both bachelor and masters degrees in music. As a result of extensive master-class experience performing for such world-famous artists as Jeffrey Khaner and Goran Marcusson, Anne was invited to participate in the Acadmie International d’ete de Nice held in Nice, France. Anne is a member of the International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians in the Classical and Light-Classical Fields. Anne’s teachers include Vanita Hall-Jones, John Wion and Ransom Wilson. Anne makes her home in Mystic, CT, which she and Jeff rarely enjoy as they are on the road over 40 weeks of the year!

Pianist and vocalist Jeff Barnhart met Anne, married her in 2000 and formed Ivory&Gold with her in 2001.  While he is in constant demand by top Traditional Jazz or Swing groups and events throughout the world as a jazz and ragtime soloist and band pianist, he finds his work with Ivory&Gold to be most rewarding and exciting.  During the group’s concerts and shows, Anne challenges him to new musical and comedic heights as they explore America’s timeless hits throughout the ages. Jeff began playing piano, singing and entertaining throughout New England as a soloist and with jazz ensembles while earning a double bachelor’s degree in Music and English (Summa Cum Laude) from Connecticut College.  He earned his Master’s in Education from the same school, but found that teaching English got in the way of his real love:  performing music! Now he is on the road performing over 300 shows a year, many of them featuring Ivory & Gold.


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