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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to be joining the WEEK OF GIVING fundraising initiative of the Bridge Builders Community Foundations from March 20 to 24, 2017 – not only to attract new donors, but also to to tell its story more widely, about all the work ARCA does in presenting enriching arts and cultural events in the region – AND in bringing arts education services to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.

Please consider making a first time gift to ARCA or adding to your donation during this WEEK OF GIVING to help ARCA continue this important work in the community.  To make a contribution, you can visit www.bbcfgives.org this week – from March 20 – 24 – and choose ARCA as your non-profit of choice!  This is the first time Bridge Builders Community Foundations is launching a Week of Giving event to spur collective charitable giving, allowing donors to give to nonprofits throughout Clarion, Forest and Venango counties as well as the community of Punxsutawney.

Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts’ participation in this multi-county initiative is a natural; even though ARCA’s prime venue, Lincoln Hall, is situated on the banks of the Allegheny River in Clarion County, ARCA presents concerts in several venues in Emlenton, in Venango County; operates the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop in Foxburg, showing work of Cooperative Artists hailing from six counties in the region; provides significant arts education services in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools with students from four counties in the region; and attracts concert and event attendees from a broad community of residents in the greater six county Region and particularly in Venango and Clarion Counties, part of this initiative.

River City Brass in The Crawford Center, Emlenton, PA

ARCA is joining the Foundations’ multi-county endeavor not only to attract new donors and engage with current ARCA Members, but also to be able to tell its story more widely, increasing visibility and awareness of all the work that ARCA does in the community – particularly in the area of arts education.  Your gift to during this WEEK OF GIVING, will help ARCA continue its important work.  To make a contribution, you can click here – and choose ARCA as your non-profit of choice!

“The Music That Make Us Dance” – ARCA 2014 Educational ArtReach Residency in A-C Valley Schools


Why Give to ARCA in the WEEK OF GIVING?

WHY GIVE NOW – or MAKE ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION?  Because when you make a contribution during the WEEK OF GIVING, it opens up MATCHING FUNDS from the Bridge Builders Community Foundations as a multiplier effect for YOUR contribution.  You can MULTIPLY the power of your generosity!  AND help ARCA win additional monies awarded to non-profits with the greatest participation and results!

The WEEK OF GIVING event kicks off on Monday, March 20 at 8 AM and will run until 11:59 PM on Friday, March 24.

Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations, says, “Other communities in Western Pennsylvania such as Erie and Pittsburgh have successfully launched giving campaigns and we believe now is the perfect time to develop a similar campaign that will address the needs of our rural communities and the charities that support them.”

Professional C Street Brass Teaching Artists coach A-C Valley band students in after school workshops

The WEEK OF GIVING campaign was the next natural step in supporting area nonprofits after Bridge Builders Community Foundations launched their “Community Wish List” initiative a few years ago.  Moulin said, “We had dozens of nonprofits who weren’t eligible for grants through the foundation’s funds or who needed additional funding to complete a project, so we began posting an up-to-date list of those nonprofits on our web site and tracking their needs. We also offered to accept donations on their behalf and manage those donations at no cost to them.  We just wanted to spur more philanthropy and more positive outcomes for the communities we serve.  The Week of Giving takes that idea to the next level.”

Attack Theatre in A-C Valley H.S. Auditorium

A-C Valley H.S. Students in Attack Theatre workshop

While ARCA is grateful for generous grant its received from Bridge Builders Community Foundations in 2015 in support of an Arts Education residency by the internationally celebrated Teaching Artists and dance company Attack Theatre in the A-C Valley Jr-Sr High School, as Trenton Moulin noted, subsequent grants from Bridge Builders have not been possible both within the Foundations’ guidelines and because of the limited funding pool for Clarion County, in which ARCA physically resides.  

The WEEK OF GIVING helps ARCA tell its story to all those who have attended concerts and events in its first ten years 0f performances, who value what it brings to the region and who want to help ARCA continue its important work bringing world class entertainment and arts education resources to residents in the greater Allegheny River Valley Region.

Through its extensive work with nonprofits, Bridge Builders has fostered this initiative to help nonprofits with the challenges they all face in raising money, establishing change and making a contribution in their communities.

What ARCA Does in the Community

ARCA presents up to 24 concerts a year in a wide variety of musical styles in venues in Foxburg and Emlenton (Clarion and Venango Counties) from February to December, owns and operates the Red Brick Gallery in Foxburg, and brings arts education to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.  

For  ARCA, your gift will sustain our important mission to bring  and open the potential of growth and capacity for tomorrow.  AND – every donation to ARCA during this WEEK OF GIVING means that ARCA can continue its powerfully effective arts education program in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools – which is ONLY supported by donations, because there is not ticket revenue for these events in the A-C Valley Schools.

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in A-C Valley High School Auditorium

Your gift also will help ARCA celebrate and present the work of regional artists in exhibits in its Red Brick Gallery from April to December each year at 17 Main Street, Foxburg.  ARCA’s Artists Cooperative also runs a gift shop, that brings revenue and livelihood to fourteen artists:  Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, Mark DeWalt, Donna Edmonds, Cindy Ford, Blanche Hall, Angela Taylor Hardwick, Nick J. Karellas, Dennis Keyes, Jason Floyd Lewis, Paul O’Neil, Ray Rossi, Glenn and Linda Thompson, and Cathy and Jack Trzeciak.


HOW “YOU” CAN HELP ARCA THROUGH THIS WEEK OF GIVING

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Holiday Concert in Foxburg’s Church of our Father

Here’s what you can do to Help ARCA:

1. You can follow our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. When you LIKE our Posts, comment and share our posts with your friends, you are helping us tell our story and make lots of new Friends for ARCA who will be uplifted and inspired by the concerts, events and educational resources we bring to the community.

2. Use your influence in person, via email or social media to encourage your network of friends and associates to consider a donation to ARCA becoming an ARCA Members during this week. Let them know that you support us and why.

3.  Invite a friend to join you in attending one of ARCA’s next concerts:

  •  On Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 PM celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Carnival of Souls;
  • On Sunday, April 2, the Grove City Touring Choir, featuring local Emlenton singer Zak Klassen, in Lincoln Hall at 2:00 PM.
  • On Saturday, April 22, a joyous New Orleans evening of blues and jazz with “Saturday Fish Fry” with Red Beans and Rice – dressing in your 50’s vintage finery.

4. Make a donation to ARCA during the Week of Giving on March 20-24 at www.bbcfgives.org – selecting your gift for ARCA. Your donation will be prorated through Bridge Builders Community Foundations match fund. If we are successful in meeting our goal we might also win additional cash and prize packages beneficial to our mission for the most individual donations and the largest grand total raised.

Scottish International Rock Band – Big Country – outside at RiverStone Farm

Tom RobertsPiano, whistling and vocals
Dave KlugDrums & Percussion
WaynoVocals, harmonica & ukulele

Put on your dancing shoes and dress in your vintage swing garb as Pittsburgh’s rockin’ rhythm & jazz trio, THE RED BEANS & RICE COMBO, serve up a delightful musical gumbo in their premiere appearance at historic Lincoln Hall in “A Saturday Nite Fish Fry” on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 PM in Foxburg.

DISCLAIMER:  No actual fish will be fried at this event!  But there will be dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall for those who want to shake a leg.

The Combo features the world celebrated early jazz stride pianist, Tom Roberts (a Foxburg favorite) on piano, whistling, & vocals, along with Dave Klug on drums and his custom-built “Kluger Soundboard,” and Wayno on vocals, harmonica, & ukulele.

Why are they called The Red Beans and Rice Combo, you might ask
… because you can get fries or a biscuit with the combo but you’ll always choose the biscuit because that’s the way they ROLL – as they serve up a very cool mix of classic New Orleans R&B,  50’s rock ala Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, Mose Allison, Tom Waits, Slim Galliard and Louis Jordan –  – all with a side of wit and humor.

IT WILL BE A SUPER FUN TIME!

The fun-loving , sharp-dressed band has been gigging around Pittsburgh for a little over a year, and quickly developed a reputation for delivering a danceable mix of New Orleans R&B, early rock & roll nuggets, and barroom ballads, with a jazzy dash of Tin Pan Alley, and ALL with wit & humor.

And you can dress in vintage garb… putting on those blue suede shoes!  Ladies and gentlemen attending the show are welcome to dress up as formally or casually as you’d like, with speakeasy attire or vintage 50’s swing finery particularly encouraged.

Join us for an elegant, fun, and funky evening, and don’t leave your dancing shoes at home!

Tickets are Adults $15, Students $5 !  Beverages available by donation.  Buy online or reserve by calling 724-659-3153. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Wayne, Tom Roberts, and Tom Klug

Tom RobertsTOM ROBERTS is a world renowned piano player most noted for his love of early jazz and considered one of the finest pianists today in the exciting Harlem stride piano style.  Announcing the release of Roberts’ first solo CD Solo Art Records stated: His new CD is one of the finest solo piano recordings in the entire Solo Art catalogue… truly a four-star session with some of the finest jazz piano you’ve heard in a long time.”

Tom has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He was the featured pianist at the International Stride Piano Summit in Zurich, Switzerland, 2001 and 2009. Tom was the pianist for Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in New York City (recent Grammy winners for the soundtrack to Boardwalk Empire) and the pianist and musical director for Leon Redbone for six years.

Tom has performed twice at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2003, once with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. He was featured in 2003 in solo with Dick Hyman at the prestigious Jazz In July series at New York’s 92nd St. Y. Tom has performed multiple times at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival including a solo performance at The Professor Longhair Society’s Piano Night At Tipitina’s. He has performed throughout Europe as a member of multiple ensembles from New Orleans and as a member of The Ortner Roberts Duo.

Roberts has arranged and performed music for the soundtrack of the Martin Scorcese film The Aviator; for the syndicated PRI show Riverwalk Jazz, Live from the Landing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band; and a number of pieces for Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Recently he has composed new musical scores for the Charlie Chaplin films One A.M. and The Rink through a commission from The Pittsburgh Symphony.  He is excited to share his latest project, The Red Beans & Rice Combo, with friends in Foxburg.

DAVE KLUG has translated his quirky brand of humor into a successful illustration career for the past 350 dog years. His drawings have captured the eye and imagination of clients such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Scholastic. He is a regular contributor to Highlights Magazine and has been commissioned for larger than life murals for The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh PA, and the world famous Primanti Brothers Restaurants.

Dave is also a household name when it comes to music, drumming for some of the Pittsburgh area’s best bands since the 1980s. It’s always a treat to see and hear Dave performing with one of the vintage drum kits he has rescued and restored.

Dave never strays very far from his passion for animals, and is committed to many Animal Charities including Animal Friends in Western Pennsylvania. His Veterinary Supply Store, Klugworld, creates a full line of client communications materials for animal care professionals across the country.

Wayno® is a Pittsburgh-based cartoonist, illustrator, pop artist, writer, and musician, whose name is in fact a registered trademark (hence the “circle R” symbol). He shares a special musical chemistry with Tom and Dave, and has a taste for obscure old tunes about food and drink.

He was gag writer and colorist for Dan Piraro’s Bizarro daily comic panel for more than five years, and is also a frequent writer for Hilary Price’s Rhymes With Orange comic strip. His own cartoon panel, WaynoVision, launched in 2014.

Wayno’s humorous illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Nickelodeon Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, he has designed many beer labels for East End Brewing Company. He’s mounted several one-man art exhibits, and was a Visiting Artist at the Manchester Craftsmens Guild in 2013. In 2010, Animal Friends selected him as the Honorary Artist for their Black Tie & Tails gala, which raised over $400,000 for the pet adoption & resource center.

Wayno is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, and serves as the chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of National Cartoonists Society.

For more information, please visit:

TomRobertsPiano.com

Klugworld.com

GoComics.com/WaynoVision

facebook.com/RedBeansCombo/

Judi FigelCabaret Singer
David CrisciPiano
Robbie KleinSaxophone & Flute
Tod TreganowanDrums
Judi FigelAllegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is pleased to bring back to Foxburg one of the preeminent and most on-demand singers in the Pittsburgh jazz and cabaret scene, Judi Figel, on Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 PM in Lincoln Hall.

Known for her extraordinary voice and musicianship which take audiences on a ride from the blues and jazz standards to musical theater and rock, Judi’s singing will charm, soothe and rock your soul.  As has been said of Judi’s artistry, “This singer really has the pipes!”  Judy and the superb instrumentalists in her Jazz Trio, will create an unforgettable evening of cabaret singing and dance music.


At home in front of an eighteen piece band or at the piano herself, Judi’s singing is tasty, artistic, powerful and soulful.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Judi right here in the Allegheny River valley in a romantic, candle lit night of cabaret and dancing in Lincoln Hall.

Tickets are Adults $30, Members $25, Students $5.  Cheese and snacks will be served.  Beverages are available by donation.   Because of cabaret table seating, seating is limited so be sure to reserve early.  To reserve a table or tickets, call 724 659-3153 or by online here.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 Judi Figel is a celebrated singer in the jazz scene and musical nightlife in the Pittsburgh area. A dynamite singer and great pianist Judi performs a wide variety of music styles. Her repertoire includes pop, jazz, country, light rock, Broadway and standards. Her fun-loving personality along with strong vocals will surely captivate and delight!

Moving gracefully from performing as a solo singer/pianist to fronting an eighteen piece big band, Judi has performed with her “Judi Figel Duo/Trio” in countless public venues in the Pittsburgh area and performed for many years at private venues with the dance band “Starfire”.   Judi has done pre-shows at the Post-Gazette Pavilion and the Chevrolet Amphitheater for Bobby Vinton, John Fogerty, John Cougar Mellencamp, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago and Steely Dan.

A featured vocalist with the Trinity Jazz Orchestra big band, Judi has performed at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and the Byham Theater. Judi also has been a much sought after soloist for wedding ceremonies and receptions in and around the Pittsburgh area since 1980. Judi has recorded as a vocalist on several local artists’ albums and has done several commercial spots.  Judi is currently in production on a solo CD project.

Originally from the West Mifflin area, Judi now resides in Monroeville. She earned a Bachelor of Music at Oberlin College as a piano major/voice minor specializing in Music Education and a Master of Music Education at Duquesne University. Judi is a retired music instructor from the Plum Borough School District.

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Susanne OrtnerClarinet & Soprano Saxophone
John MarcinizynGuitar

Love and Romance will be in the air as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts opens its 2017 season with a Valentine’s Cabaret on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 PM in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg with the glorious artistry of The Susanne Ortner and John Marcinizyn Duo.  Glittering candlelight and cabaret table seating (with beverages by donation) make it the perfect night out with your sweetheart to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.  Cheese and snacks will be served and beverages by donation.

It will be “Love at first Song” as the inspiring music making of clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Susanne Ortner and guitar virtuoso John Marcinizyn enchants you with melodies they love – the romantic and mesmerizing sounds of New Orleans, Paris, and Brazil and the Gypsy Swing World… music to make your spirits soar and your feet move! And, yes, there will be dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall.

Hear Susanne while you still can in this “Farewell Performance”!  Be a part of this musical love-fest and Foxburg’s farewell to Susanne, who is moving to the wonderful musical city of New Orleans – “The Cradle of Jazz” – for grand, new musical adventures, performing with the extraordinary community of jazz musicians there.  Her expressive sound, technical virtuosity, wit and inspired riffing with the consummate guitarist, John Marcinizyn, will transport you and make this a Valentine’s celebration to remember!

Tickets are Adults $30 and Members $25.  Because of cabaret tables, seating is limited.  Buy online here or call to  reserve 724-659-3153.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Susanne Ortner

“Susanne Ortner seems to be capable of everything … Warm, soft tones if necessary, rapid, speedy passages and in addition to this the challenging embellishments, typical for klezmer music, all at breakneck speed and with an almost unbelievable ease.” Donau Zeitung.

Internationally renowned for her artistry and musical versatility, German clarinetist Susanne Ortner has been acclaimed for “her almost unbelievable witchcraft on the clarinet” both as a soloist and member of the German Klezmer Quartet “Sing Your Soul“,  Klez & Morim with the Bulgarian accordionist Vladimir Mollov and with guitarist John Marcinizyn in the Ortner-Marcinizyn Duo.  She also has performed with extraordinary musicians such as pianist Tom Roberts, guitarist Mark Strickland, trumpeter Charlie Caranicas (NYC), drummer Tom Elrick, drummer Roger Humphries (Pittsburgh), as well as multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano (NYC).   Other collaborations have been with accordionist/pianist Alan Bern, and Noah Bendix-Balgley, former Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony – now Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.

The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “a musician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply“. Susanne is a graduate of the Leopold Mozart Conservatory, and the University of Augsburg. She previously taught German literature, language and music.

Susanne is a serious researcher of Eastern European music, and offers Klezmer Workshops. Following an invitation by the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 in recent years she has accompanied Pittsburgh area Holocaust Survivors at schools and Universities creating the musical framework for their stories. Besides master classes and lectures at the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University, she instructed the klezmer band at the Agency for Jewish Learning, was the interim director of the Carpathian Ensemble at The University of Pittsburgh, and has been coaching the CMU/Hillel klezmer band. She has held an adjunct teaching position at Washington & Jefferson College and is the co-founder of the Three Rivers Klezmer Festival.

Susanne has arranged and composed music for many theatrical productions including “Mazel” by Amy Hartman, and “Our Class” by Tadeusz Slobozianek . She appears on several CDs, including “A Trip To America” and “Hot World Chamber Music” (Ortner-Roberts Duo), “A Tribute to Teenie Harris” (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guilde), “Khosn Kale Mazl-Tov” (Sing Your Soul), and has done book and film projects.

She is the subject of the recent book “Living the Dream” – Für die Musik nach Amerika” (Wissner Verlag Augsburg, 2011), written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst.

John Marcinizyn

Pittsburgh based guitarist, composer, banjoist John Marcinizyn performs frequently as a soloist, with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, Ortner-Marcinizyn Duo, contralto Daphne Alderson, Duo Cieli (flute and guitar duo), violin and guitar duo, and groups ranging from The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh to Billy Price. He is also a member of The Red Hot Ramblers (Dixieland jazz).

His versatility as an acoustic and electric guitarist allows him to perform in many styles including classical, jazz, flamenco, rock, blues, and folk. John has also performed guitar and banjo for many theater companies including Quantum Theatre, where he wrote and performed a flamenco score for The Red Shoes and a Blues score for El Paso Blue. His playing can be heard on eight CDs and one DVD and on his website.

John’s original music compositions have received numerous performances and include a guitar concerto, string quartet, orchestral music, music for theater, and pieces for solo guitar and guitar with mixed ensemble, as well as a number of jazz and rock pieces.

His Sonata for Guitar and Marimba received critical acclaim following its premiere at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival and Competition held in Buffalo.  The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds commissioned Song for the Sparrows, in memory of Beth Ann Johnson and Elyse Jeanne Saraceni who were killed in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103.  IonSound Project premiered his And All Manner of Thing Shall Be Well, for Contralto, Cello and Piano, based upon the writings of Julian of Norwich.

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John wrote and performed the theme music for Excela Health’s (hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and health facilities of Westmoreland County) television, radio and web commercials. Recently he toured in South America and the Eastern Caribbean with contralto, Daphne Alderson in programs that varied from chamber music through cabaret.

John holds a Ph. D. in music composition and theory from the University of Pittsburgh, and is an Artist-Lecturer in guitar and composition at Carnegie Mellon University and Seton Hill University.  He also teaches a class on slide guitar techniques at the Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Summer Workshop.

 

 

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Happy New Year!  Thank you for your generous support and concert attendance in 2016.

During the 2016 season of the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts celebrated its 10th Anniversary Season with memorable concerts and art exhibits.  What ARCA has accomplished in these ten years has only possible because of YOU – our devoted audience members and donors.

The 2016 season also was a banner year with more people than ever before attending concerts and viewing Red Brick Gallery Exhibits and with record funds raised from new and loyal donors and members.

The Board of Directors of Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and The Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artists extend their warmest thanks to you – our treasured donors and audience members – for your generous support of our vision to bring world class music and art to the beautiful Allegheny River valley.

We hope you have had a joyous and blessed holiday season and wish for you a healthy, fulfilling, and Happy New Year.

Join us as ARCA begins its second decade in 2017 

As ARCA begins its second decade, the 2017 season promises to bring more world class music and art to the beautiful Allegheny Valley.  Check back with us soon for our event listings for the Winter and Spring Seasons and information about Red Brick Gallery exhibits during the 2017 season.

ARCA’s new membership brochure also will be online in the New Year.  You can sign up to receive newsletters and and information about ARCA’s new 2017 season and membership events on this site.

Heartiest wishes for a banner 2017!

 

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It’s going to be a “hot time in the old town” of Foxburg on Saturday night.  Have a late summer evening out on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 PM in Lincoln Hall – grooving and rocking to BLUES, JAZZ & ROCK ‘N ROLL as keyboardist John Burgh and superb cross-over musicians Benny Benack on clarinet/sax and Betsy Lawrence on guitar/vocals make you think you’re on Bourbon Street. And be sure to wear your dancing shoes! These world travelled and acclaimed musicians will make you want to get up and shake a leg… but if you prefer to sit and enjoy, there will be plenty of musical variety and outrageous riffing to entertain and delight!

John Burgh’s band has been so popular with ARCA Members at annual membership picnics, with Members dancing for hours.  Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to bring John Burgh back for an ENTIRE evening of joyous music-making in Lincoln Hall with celebrated Pittsburgh musicians and band leaders in their own right, Benny Benack & Betsy Lawrence.

Adults $20 and Students $5.  By Donation, beer and wine will be available.
AND  A-C Valley Parents $15  
Since this is Homecoming weekend for Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools, A-C Valley faculty and parents who attend – after getting their children off to the Homecoming Dance – will have a discounted group price of $15 each.  Call to reserve or buy at the door saying “A-C Valley” for your special price.  Call 724 659-3153 to reserve.

These “hot” musicians will take the roof off of Lincoln Hall:

  • John Burgh has toured Europe with the Billy Price Band, recorded five albums with Gathering Field and has performed backing up Doc Severinsen, Rita Moreno and Billy Crystal.  The versatile singer, song writer and guitarist
  • Betsy Lawrence has done it all – featured in two PBS televisions shows singing and playing rock ‘n roll, country, pop and the blues AND the vocal chops to have sung with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the New York City Opera.
  • Benny Benack, Jr. himself is a well known band leader in the Pittsburgh area, playing  jazz, swing , big band, and Dixieland on trumpet, clarinet and saxophone.

It will an unforgettable night… as they will lift your spirits and rock your soul!

Tenth Anniversary Performance Season Dedication to Tom and Nancy Hovis

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Nancy and Tom Hovis

As ARCA is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Performance Season in 2016, it is dedicating this joyous musical celebration of John Burgh and Friends to long-time devoted and generous Board members, Tom and Nancy Hovis, who have served on its Board of Directors for many years.  Nancy and Tom are truly unsung heroes who are always anonymously behind the scenes making things happen – from reception organizing and membership staffing to providing outdoor lighting for the Christmas concert at The Church of our Father in Foxburg, shuttling audience members to and from parking, and providing horse and carriage rides at Membership picnics.  Tom and Nancy have generously brought John Burgh and Friends to ARCA to perform at the conclusion of Membership picnics for many years, to the dancing pleasure of its members.  Nothing is more fitting than for them to be honored for their many years of devoted service and contributions to make ARCA what it is today.  Thank you, Tom and Nancy!  It would not have been possible without you.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

The music will take the roof off – as John Burgh will be joined by two superb Pittsburgh jazz musicians, vocalists, and band leaders in their own right, Benny Benack and Betsy Lawrence.

John BurghJohn Burgh was first introduced to the Pittsburgh music scene on 1982 when he joined the Harold Betters Band playing five nights a week at the South Hills Sheraton.  John graduated from IUP in 1981 as a piano performance major, and has returned there many times to play with nationally known artists such as Billy Crystal, Rita Moreno, and recently Doc Severinsen.

John played for many years with the Billy Price Band touring Europe in 2003. He has played and recorded 5 albums with the rock group Gathering Field, playing Hammond B3 organ. Besides filling in occasionally with CLO productions like Miss Saigon and Addams Family, he enjoys playing piano for local musical productions in Sewickley. A long time member of the Balcony Big Band (18 piece jazz band), playing monthly at the Jergels Rhythym Bar in Warrendale.

Many people will remember his performances over the last 30 years in the Oil City/Franklin and Foxburg area.  John grew up in the Harmony/Zelienople area playing piano accompanying his father, who played banjo, and helping his family in the tractor salvage yard business, which he continues to this day.

Betsy LawrenceBetsy Lawrence is an original Pittsburgher. Holding a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in both Voice and Music Theater  Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, she has national television credits including the currently running “Red White and Rock“, “The American Sound Track”, “More Rock at 50”, “My Music”, “The Roots of Rock and Roll”, “The British Invasion”, & “Roots in Country”. Betsy has backed up major recording such as Frankie Valli, Frankie Avalon, BJ Thomas, Glen Cambell, Connie Francis and many more.

Betsy most recently returned from Nashville TN where she appeared as a featured soloist for two PBS television shows, singing country classics and 70’s classic rock. She’s featured on national radio and television commercials as well including one for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Captain Morgan’s Rum, & the “Silver Microphone” award winning Dad’s Dog food. In the fall of 2004, she was invited to sing at the United Nations in New York City for “Nuclear Disarmament Worldwide“ headed by Ted Turner & Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as being invited to perform at the French embassy in Washington D.C. In 2008 she won the “TAE sound of opportunity” contest with her original songs.

Betsy has appeared as a soloist with The Pittsburgh Symphony under Marvin Hamlisch on the Christmas Pops series. She also has operatic credits with the New York City Opera Touring Company, “Werther” with the Pittsburgh Opera Centers young artist program, & numerous roles with the American Opera Project in New York City.Her local Music Theater credits include appearances with The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera & Pittsburgh Music Theater. Betsy is one of the most in demand vocal instructors in the Pittsburgh area. She is currently on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as an Artist Lecturer in Jazz Voice and Operatic Studies. She also teaches at the Richard E Rauh Conservatory for Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

Benny BenackBenny Benack, Jr. himself is a well known band leader in the Pittsburgh area. The Benny Benack Band plays jazz, swing , big band, and Dixieland.  The band’s front man is no stranger to the music world.  His father, Benny Benack,  was a Pittsburgh band leader and at the forefront of the Pittsburgh jazz scene in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Benny Benack Jr. continues the family’s musical tradition playing trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone.  His son, Benny Benack III, is following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps as a jazz trumpeter and vocalist, currently building a name for himself in the jazz scene in NYC.

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Beatles tribute 2014

Last year marking the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of the Beatles on American soil – an event etched in the minds of Baby Boomers as if it was “Yesterday” – a Beatles Tribute show played to more than 300 people at the Crawford Center, benefitting Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts.

This year, to raise money for the Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department and the Blueprint Community Initiative, the Beatles Tribute Band is returning to Emlenton on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 7:00 PM in the Crawford Center.

Nostalgia will prevail as the likes of John, Paul, George and Ringo return to the stage in Emlenton.  Well… not really, but close enough to have you believing that you might be in the audience of the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, when the Beatles made their US television debut.

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This will prove to be an affordably priced family night of entertainment and fun and, if you’re of the appropriate age, you just may have to explain to your children how this English band took America, and then the world, by storm.

Tickets are Adults $15 and Students $5 and can be purchased online here  or reserved by calling 724-659-3153.

Be sure to Bring Your Dancing Shoes!!  Dancing in front of the stage and in the aisles will be encouraged!

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The Beatles Tribute Band has an interesting backstory that highlights the good people that the Allegheny-Clarion Valley region is fortunate to have. Emlenton residents are already familiar with Barry Louise, an unsung community leader who gets beneficial things done behind the scenes.

Barry Louise recently said, “We’re grateful to have the Beatles Tribute Band back this year performing their wonderful show to benefit Emlenton’s Volunteer Fire Department and our three communities – Emlenton, Foxburg and Parker –  participating in the Blueprint Communities Initiative.  I wanted to do something to help them so I placed a call to my friend Bill Zalewski, one of the Beatles Tribute band members.  They had a great time last year performing for our audience in the Crawford Center and they wanted to come back.  Bill agreed that this would be a perfect event to benefit the larger community.”

Proceeds from the concert will help the Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department and provide the start of a fund to help renovate the sound systems and stage lighting of the Crawford Center, a regional resource with the largest seating capacity.

ABOUT THE BAND

The Beatles Tribute Band, from the greater Pittsburgh region, has been delighting audiences for over ten years. When they saw the opportunity to benefit worthy causes in the community, they moved their commercial performances to a philanthropic, not-for-profit format, performing benefit events for non-profit organizations that serve children and worthy causes in their communities.

Bill Zalewski, a Certified Financial Planner for Merrill Lynch, has a passion for childhood wellness issues. An excellent musician himself, Bill found three other like-minded professionals and formed a band specializing in the music of the Beatles. They strive to limit their performances to helping charities and foundations that serve children’s issues raise money. This group donates their services as entertainers at high-level functions for these causes and are well regarded in these circles in the Pittsburgh region.

For this event, Bill and the band are donating their services in support of this fundraising effort. Bill said: “We are pleased that our performance will help continue the fine services of the fire department. Our show last year proved to us that the Crawford Center is a regional asset deserving of much needed upgrades.” ARCA is promoting and marketing this year’s concert in gratitude to Barry Louise and the Beatles Tribute Band for their generosity last year, supporting ARCA’s 2014-15 arts education program in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools –  “The Music That Makes Us Dance” and “Dancing Off the Canvas”.

Make your plans now to re-capture your youth or bring your WHOLE FAMILY and give your children a crash course on a group that altered the musical landscape of the world.  Join the fun on Saturday, November 14 in Emlenton’s Crawford Center with the truly wonderful entertainment of the Beatles Tribute band – and help make a difference in the community.

Judi FigelCabaret Singer
David CrisciPiano
Robbie KleinSaxophone & Flute
Tod TreganowanDrums
Judi FigelOne of the preeminent singers in the Pittsburgh jazz and cabaret scene, Judi Figel will share her extraordinary voice – backed by superb musicians in her Jazz Trio – to create an unforgettable evening of cabaret singing and dance music in Lincoln Hall’s romantic nightclub environment.

Known for her extraordinary voice and musicianship which take  audiences on a ride from the blues and jazz standards to musical theater and rock, Judi’s singing will charm, soothe and rock your soul.  As has been said of Judi’s artistry, “This singer has the pipes!”

At home in front of an eighteen piece band or at the piano herself, Judi’s singing is tasty, artistic, powerful and soulful.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Judi right here in the Allegheny River valley in a romantic, candle lit night of cabaret and dancing in Lincoln Hall.  Wine and cheese are offered.   To reserve a table or tickets, call 724 659-3153.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Judi Figel is a celebrated singer in the jazz scene and musical nightlife in the Pittsburgh area. A dynamite singer and great pianist Judi performs a wide variety of music styles. Her repertoire includes pop, jazz, country, light rock, Broadway and standards. Her fun-loving personality along with strong vocals will surely captivate and delight!

Moving gracefully from performing as a solo singer/pianist to fronting an eighteen piece big band, Judi has performed with her “Judi Figel Duo/Trio” in countless public venues in the Pittsburgh area and performed for many years at private venues with the dance band “Starfire”.   Judi has done pre-shows at the Post-Gazette Pavilion and the Chevrolet Amphitheater for Bobby Vinton, John Fogerty, John Cougar Mellencamp, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago and Steely Dan.

A featured vocalist with the Trinity Jazz Orchestra big band, Judi has performed at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and the Byham Theater. Judi also has been a much sought after soloist for wedding ceremonies and receptions in and around the Pittsburgh area since 1980. Judi has recorded as a vocalist on several local artists’ albums and has done several commercial spots.  Judi is currently in production on a solo CD project.

Originally from the West Mifflin area, Judi now resides in Monroeville. She earned a Bachelor of Music at Oberlin College as a piano major/voice minor specializing in Music Education and a Master of Music Education at Duquesne University. Judi is a retired music instructor from the Plum Borough School District.

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Attack Theatre – Leap Into Action

Peter KopeAttack Theatre Artistic Director
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The impulse to move and respond to rhythm is deeply imbedded in our cultural DNA.  Experience the joyous power of imagination and movement as the internationally acclaimed dance company, Attack Theatre, brings their exciting creativity to the universal language of dance as they portray the impulse to Leap Into Action on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 PM in Foxburg’s Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium.  

Enjoy having an inside view of the the artistic creative process as Co-founder and Artistic Director Peter Kope and company dancers extend their camaraderie on stage to the audience and give you A Look Behind the Curtain.  You’ll be inspired and amazed as the athletic dancers create exciting lifts and leaps using weight, balance, momentum, and even ladders and tables! In this fun-filled and interactive glimpse into the boundless creativity of dance, you’ll recognize the different forms of inspiration that provide the impetus for modern dance… and leave with a kick in your step and your spirits leaping for joy.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.32.11 AMARCA is utilizing the universality of dance, so popular in the media with “Dancing with the Stars”, to attract a new and larger audience for the arts in the community and the region.  Leap Into Action is part of Dancing Off the Canvas”, ARCA’s Community and Educational ArtReach Program presented in partnership with the AC Valley Schools.  

On March 24, 2015,  Pittsburgh’s celebrated and seasoned arts education teaching artists from Attack Theatre, will present morning workshops for AC Valley students and a group of Gifted and Talented Students from 12 area schools as well as an afternoon assembly performance of Leap Into Action for AC Valley 7-12 students.

The program is designed to provide students and adults in the greater Allegheny-Clarion Valley Region an opportunity to experience the awe and wonder of a superlative live dance performance by an internationally acclaimed dance company, Attack Theatre, not normally possible outside of larger city settings.

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Nationally acclaimed for their innovative arts education residencies in dance and the visual arts, Attack Theatre is THE quintessentially ideal partner in presenting ARCA’s “Dancing Off the Canvas” arts education residency program at AC Valley Schools – and they are based right here in western Pennsylvania.

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Attack Theatre in its twentieth season has a long history of making connections between dance and the visual arts.  For many years they have been creating multidisciplinary work that blurs the lines between visual art, performance art, and traditional dance.  Working in museums, galleries, installations and site-specific public works of art, Attack Theatre also has developed a method of involving students and audiences in the creation of new work that complements existing sculpture, paintings and installations.

In ARCA’s Educational ArtReach workshops at AC Valley, both students and artists will respond to works of art.  Students will react to form, color, composition, and dance to create a movement dialogue with dancers – ultimately resulting in a finished choreographed piece.

 

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