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The Well-Tempered Ukes

Friday, April 14, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Heberton Hall

The trio of Robin Hoffman, Richard Perlmutter and Marlene Wong, based in Western MA, sings and plays ukuleles but specializes in early music and parlor and art songs.

The three members met at a community-based ukulele group in Northampton called A-E-I-O-UKES, which plays mostly folk, pop and rock music. But they soon realized they shared musical interests that were outside the scope of the group.

All three have strong connections to classical music. Before her current career as a ukulele instructor and illustrator, Hoffman had been a professional ballet dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Perlmutter, a professional musician and producer, plays classical guitar, piano and mandolin, and is a 4x Grammy Nominee for his Beethoven’s Wig series of albums. Wong, a music, theatre and dance specialist librarian, is a classically trained church organist who has danced with the Stanford Baroque Dance Ensemble.