Peter Wilson Trio opens Judith Arts Society season

By: 
Vicky McCray
Special to the News-Argus

Peter Wilson, pianist and namesake for the Peter Wilson Trio, hams it up with a play piano. Wilson’s group will play Friday in Utica, the opening of the Judith Arts Society’s concert season.

Photo courtesy of Peter Wilson

The Judith Arts Society begins its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season this Friday at the Utica Community Center. Board members are proud to bring the Peter Wilson Trio to Utica for their annual Pub Night. 

 

The Trio, made up of Peter Wilson, Rob Kohler and Rod Chaon, features Molly Wilson on vocals. The festivities get started at 6:30 p.m. with the Board and friends providing complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar with wine and ale selections. Admission to the concert is by season ticket or pay at the door, and includes one drink ticket.

Trio members label their repertoire as “quite a mix.” They play a combination of traditional and Latin jazz as well as pop and country. Molly provides sounds kindred to Alison Krauss and Nora Jones.

Peter, the trio’s namesake, plays the piano and adds his voice to the vocals. He is originally from Washington, but has been in Montana for several years. He is a music teacher, and this year will be teaching at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls. Peter also writes music, his styles many and varied.

Rob Kohler, who is originally from Great Falls, plays bass guitar in the trio and makes his living with his music. In addition to his talents as a musician, he is also a composer, educator and author. He began teaching at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, California, in 1991 and served as education director there from 2006 to 2007. He has also instructed in New Orleans and British Columbia. In 2013 he wrote and published “Music Theory from A to G,” a textbook on beginner jazz theory. 

Rob Chion is the trio’s drummer. A Great Falls native, he owns Rod’s Music and Sound in downtown Great Falls. He has been playing professionally since his teens and earned a degree in music performance from the University of Great Falls.

Molly Wilson plays violin and sings. She was the music teacher in Highwood for several years but is currently teaching private lessons. Like Peter, Molly is originally from Washington; in fact, she and Peter are husband and wife. Molly has played with the Great Falls Symphony.

Plan to attend Pub Night this Friday, Aug. 25. Bring friends and family and enjoy some great entertainment with the Peter Wilson Trio.

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