Seasons Archives: Spring 2015

Seth McClaine – Landscapes & Street Scenes

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The Red Brick Gallery presents

Seth McClaine
Impressionistic Landscapes & Streetscapes

From June 5 through July 12
Meet-the-Artist Reception – Saturday, June 6, 5:00-7:00 PM

GALLERY HOURS: Friday 2:00 – 6:00 PM;
Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Red Brick Gallery is pleased to announce its next installment in this year’s exhibition season: Oil Painter Seth McClaine.  McClaine’s work showcases beautifully rendered Impressionistic-styled landscapes and streetscapes of Western Pennsylvania. His pieces are primarily painted from photographs that he has taken.

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McClaine’s exhibit opens on Friday, June 5 and will be on display until Sunday, July 12.  An Exhibit Opening on Saturday June 6 will give you an opportunity to meet the Artist from 5:00 – 7:00 PM before the ARCA concert of Tom Panei and Friends in Lincoln Hall at 7:30 PM. Plan to enjoy both!

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Seth McClaine is an oil painter from Clarion, Pennsylvania, where he works from his home studio. He specializes in landscapes and streetscapes, which are primarily painted from photographs that he has taken himself of Western Pennsylvania and other places he has traveled to. He graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2007, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and graphic design.  In 2007 he exhibited his paintings in a solo exhibition at the Clarion University Art Gallery. Since then he’s been selling his paintings online, through commissions, and in local shops. He exhibits his paintings in group exhibitions and competitions, including for several years in the annual Autumn Leaf Festival Art Show.

Carolyn Schiffhouer: Digital Photographic Artistry

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and The Red Brick Gallery are proud to present an exhibit of Digital Photographic Artistry by Carolyn Schiffhouer from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, May 31.  Carolyn Schiffhouer will be present at an Exhibit Opening and Meet the Artists Reception on Sunday, April 26, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM after a Popular Piano Classics concert by David Allen Wehr in Lincoln Hall (at 2:00 PM).

Study in Brown and GoldCarolyn Schiffhouer was born and raised in Southern California, moving to Pennsylvania at age 18 to enroll at California University of Pennsylvania. Graduating with a degree in English Education, Carolyn has had a life long interest in the Arts.

Carolyn always had possessed an innate desire to create but had to search for the medium that best suited her personality. After creative adventures in music, macramé, weaving, crochet and jewelry, she finally was led to a new medium – design using the computer.

Her interest in new art forms was the source of inspiration that lead her to computer-assisted design. “Once I found graphic design using the computer I was hooked. The possibilities are endless!  I see the computer as the 21st Century paint brush, a new medium with still unfulfilled potential. I believe that the Computer will have the impact on the art world in this century that the camera, or the style of Impressionists and Abstractionists had at the turn of the last century.”

Currently she resides in Limestone, PA near the county seat of Clarion, with her husband and has one son and two grandchildren.  Carolyn is pursuing her digital photographic art on a full time basis.

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This is from Carolyn regarding her discovery of digital photographic art on her website:

For most of my life I have been an artist in search of a medium.  It seemed the harder I tried,  from macrame to weaving, it just eluded me.  Then I met the computer and a creative explosion happened.  I have never been the same.

Although Digital Art has been around for a long time (they were using the computer in the 60’s to make designs), it has really taken off with the turn of the century.  That is why I call digital art the wave of the future.

Digital art is created using the computer as a medium for art and design.  As much as a paintbrush is used to create paintings, the computer is guided by the artist to create pixel canvases.  Many software programs assist the artist.  These may include Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Bryce, Maya, Apophysis or Ultrafractal.  The software programs are almost endless and form the myriad of tools in the digital artist’s studio.

Digital work is created using many different forms of input.  Often the artist will use photography and digitally manipulate the image to create what they want.  Some artists will draw directly into the computer using a stylus and a digital drawing pad.  Others will use software like Bryce, Poser or Maya to create their own worlds filled with images limited only by the artist’s imagination.  Many artists will use a combination of all of these techniques to achieve their final creation.

I use several different approaches to achieve my digital works, but usually use photographs I have taken as the basis for them.  I manipulate these images using software programs, usually Photoshop. My other passion is fractals and you will see a variety of fractals on my site.

No matter how it is created Digital Art is the wave of the future and sure to awe inspire everyone. A piece of digital artwork is always a conversation starter.

Having spent the last 12 years learning the intricacies of Photoshop, Carolyn is extremely competent mainly using Photoshop CC 2014. Her main sources of inspiration are photos focusing on the majesty and magic of Nature. Once she captures an image, she begins the creative process of using the program to create layers and blending modes, along with various filters and other tools.

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Carolyn has an emotional connection with her surroundings and this provides another element of inspiration. Her desire is that the viewer is excited by the design, color and mood of the images, which capture the bits of magic that are already present, yet enhanced. She strives to distill Nature to extract the essential meaning and most important aspects that are captured through this ‘digital lens.’

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The Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop provides regional artists a suitable venue for the display and viewing of their works, as well as a consignment sales outlet for the Red Brick Cooperative artists, who volunteer their time to have the space open to the public.  The Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA.  For additional information on the Red Brick Gallery or other events sponsored by ARCA, please see the Red Brick Gallery entry here or call (724) 659-3153.

Scott NadelsonTrumpet
Kyle AndersonTrumpet
Joe HughesHorn
Gabriel ColbyTrombone
Hakeem BilalBass Trombone
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If you love FUN & Brass music & your DAD – then C Street Brass’ Saturday, June 20 concert at 7 PM is for you and your FATHER and your whole FAMILY in Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts’ Lincoln Hall in Foxburg – a Father’s Day Brasstacular!

They are HOT and YOUNG and HAPPENING! And enormously talented and entertaining.

Chris Botti, trumpet soloist said, “…a fantastic and imaginative approach to the brass quintet music. I would highly encourage everyone to check them out.”

Celebrate Father’s Day as C Street Brass dazzles with their joyous theatricality and virtuosic playing of Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Billy Joel in their program, Music of the Americas.

Family Friendly Prices for this fun-filled concert of music theatrics: Students ONLY $5, Adults $25, Members $20, and Children Under 6 Free.

Encourage any young brass player you know – or anyone who loves brass music – not to miss this wonderful concert.

Last year ARCA brought River City Brass at Emlenton’s Crawford Center last year – and each Christmas ARCA’s brings Pittsburgh Symphony Brass to Foxburg’s Memorial Church of our Father…
This summer it’s C Street Brass – a group with some of the most dynamic and talented young brass players in the country.c_street_2015_banner

This highly creative, disciplined and entertaining group of fantastic young artists, each has a high-level talent on their own instrument.  Collectively they have a wonderful group chemistry and their energetic and engaging personalities make them an obvious audience favorite.

George Vosburgh – Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony and an ARCA favorite in the annual Christmas Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Concert – has said of the group,  “C Street is the new sound, look, and feel of the modern brass quintet. Highly virtuosic playing in a wide variety of styles rolled into an accessible, warm hearted candor which makes for a delightful concert experience. “

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Hailed for radiating the joy of music-making, you will not want to miss this opportunity to be delighted and dazzled by the moving and entertaining theatricality and virtuosic playing of C Street Brass in Lincoln Hall on Saturday, June 20 at 7 PM.

C Street Brass will bring to ARCA’s audience not only their fantastic and imaginative approach to brass quintet music but also their impeccable musicianship, amazing technique and stellar chops in diverse music from the Americas AND some patriotic music for the Fourth of July.  They are sure to charm, please and entertain.

Plan to arrive early and before the concert take in the Exhibit of artist Seth McClaine’s Landscapes and Streetscenes at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop on Main Street in Foxburg, open on Saturday, June 20 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM.

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Libertango                                         Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)  arr. Joe Burgstaller

Por Una Cabeza                                Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)  arr. Kyle Anderson

Lullabye                                              Billy Joel (1949)

Suite Americana                               Enrique Crespo (1941)
II. Bossa Nova
III. Vals Peruano

Concerto for Saint Marc                 Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)  arr. David Hickman

Amazing Grace                                  arr. Luther Henderson

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Suite Americana No. 1                    Enrique Crespo (1941)
II. Ragtime

Porgy and Bess Selections             George Gershwin (1898-1937)  arr. Luther Henderson
Summertime
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Bess You is My Woman Now

Oblivion                                              Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)  arr. Joe Burgstaller

In a Sentimental Mood                   Duke Ellington (1899-1974)  arr. Jack Gale

Fly Me to the Moon                         Bart Howard (1915-2004) arr. Jack Gale

High Society                                      Cole Porter  (1891-1964) arr. Luther Henderson

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There is some absolutely stunning music that has it origins in the Americas. In their program, “Music of the Americas” C Street Brass takes the audience on a journey through North and South America by way of: broadway show tunes, sexy tangos, and cool bossa novas. not to mention some tastefully goofy antics.

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C Street Brass began as a small project between five friends who are coincidentally the most handsome men ever to grace the earth. Equally as comfortable in the sound world of baroque music as they are playing electronic dance music, C Street Brass connects lovers of the arts from all walks of life around a unique and innovative concert experience.

Ensemble in residence at Carnegie Mellon University since 2012, C Street Brass is proud to now call Pittsburgh home. In addition to their contributions to Pittsburgh’s thriving music scene, C Street has been featured on a variety of series around the country including the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Series (Corpus Christi, TX), Community Concerts Second Series (Baltimore, MD) and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. The members of C Street are also regular performers at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD, have preformed extensively through the Baltimore/DC Metro area, and have been featured multiple times on WBJC: The Classical Voice of Baltimore. Internationally, C Street Brass has toured in Tbilisi, Georgia as resident ensemble of the 2012 Traveling Notes Music Festival and in Doha, Qatar in 2013 as ambassadors for Carnegie Mellon University .

C Street Brass is passionately committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians. In addition to their educational work in Pittsburgh, the group has recently held educational residencies in: Orcas Island, W A, at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. In Spring 2014 C Street Brass was awarded a Visiting Scholars Grant by the University of South Carolina. By way of the grant, C Street Brass will spend one week each semester of the 2014-2015 school year in Columbia, South Carolina. C Street will perform a variety of concerts, teach master classes, give seminars, and share their music with the community by way of public outdoor performances and work with the community bands.

C Street Brass collaborates with musicians and artists of all disciplines. In 2010 the group premiered David Conte’s “Two Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ” with renowned organist and scholar Donald Sutherland. Their most recent project, Beauty Slap presents a new innovative concert experience combining electronic dance music with brass band and guitar. Beauty Slap has toured extensively throughout the east coast and can regularly be seen in dance clubs in the Pittsburgh area.

Scott Nadelson: Trumpet

Scott Nadelson, the father of the C Street brainchild, brings a unique artistic versatility to the band that enables him to showcase his skills through jazz, classical, commercial, electronic, hip- hop, and chamber music. He also brings an enthusiasm for any Apple product but brings no height to the band’s basketball squad.

Scott began his love affair with trumpet at the age of 12, studying from New York freelancing god Chris Jaudes and was one of two trumpet performers to win the prestigious New Jersey State Governors School award.

An alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory, Scott was mentored by international soloist Joe Burgstaller and former Baltimore Symphony trumpet, Edward Hoffman. While at Peabody, Scott was principal trumpet with the Peabody Concert Orchestra and lead trumpet with the Jazz Orchestra. It was during this time in Baltimore that C Street Brass was born.

Scott currently enjoys teaching a private studio based in Pittsburgh, as well as his educational work as a teaching artist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is furthering his mission for world trumpet domination at Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing a Masters Degree under the tutelage of George Vosburgh and Neal Berntsen of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Kyle Anderson: Trumpet

Currently Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, trumpet player Kyle Anderson is an active performer, music educator, and brass arranger. Kyle received his first trumpet at age 11 and has been in love ever since. A versatile artist, Kyle can be heard playing with orchestras, jazz ensembles, and chamber music groups of all variety.

At the age of 17, Kyle began lessons with preeminent trumpet virtuoso David Hickman in Tempe, Arizona. He then furthered his studies at the prestigious Peabody Institute under the tutelage of International trumpet soloist Josef Burgstaller. Kyle currently studies with George Vosburgh and Neal Berntsen of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Joe Hughes: Horn

A multifaceted freelance musician, french horn virtuoso, and die-hard Pittsburgh sports fan are just a few ways to describe Joe Hughes.

After graduating high school, Joe hung up his lacrosse gear to obtain a B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory and a M.M. from Carnegie Mellon University in French horn performance. As an orchestral musician, Joe has performed as principal horn of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, along with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and other professional ensembles in the

Baltimore/DC and Virginia areas. He was selected to represent the Peabody Conservatory in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, New York City’s 92nd Street Y, and at the Library of Congress in collaboration with Leon Fleischer performing two chamber operas by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Joe played first horn in the Castleton Festival Orchestra conducted by music director Lorin Maazel. Since moving to Pittsburgh, aside from playing with the Butler and Westmoreland Symphonies, Joe comfortably performs in many other musical styles while playing with such crossover groups as the C Street Brass, River City Brass Band, and the Brass Roots Ensemble.

When Joe is not dressed in his best and performing around the city, he enjoys video editing, watching sports, dark roast coffee, high end scotch, his cat Victor, and exploring everything the great city of Pittsburgh has to offer.

Gabriel Colby: Trombone

Gabriel Colby keeps it simple. Give him a trombone, a cup of coffee, and a gym- he’s good to go. Gabriel grew up in Avon, Connecticut surrounded by music. His parents John Colby and Beverly Rohlehr, and his sister Liza Colby are all accomplished musicians in their own right. Gabriel started his performance career in high school as a professional juggler in the duo ‘The Big Hair Jugglers’. His passion for trombone came when he auditioned into principal chair of All-State Orchestra as a sophomore in high school.

Gabriel is classically trained and has a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory and a M.M. from Carnegie Mellon. Gabriel initially found his love for trombone through classical music, but he is very comfortable performing and freelancing in all styles. As a lead trombonist he has played for the ESPY Awards Orchestra in LA, The Nascar Awards Show in Las Vegas, and can he can be heard on the ESPN College Football theme. Gabriel now resides in Pittsburgh where he acted as principal trombone for the River City Brass Band in 2014 and currently plays trombone for Beauty Slap a new barrier-bending genre of brass band, electronica, and funk.

Believe it or not, Gabriel does not play trombone 24 hours a day. He also loves: working out, cooking, scotch, and exploring Pittsburgh, the city he calls home.

Hakeem Bilal: Bass Trombone

Hakeem Bilal proudly hails from Washington, D.C. and joined C Street Brass in early 2013. From the nation’s capital, to Baltimore, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, and now to Pittsburgh with C Street Brass, Hakeem’s bass trombone has led him on an incredible journey!

A highly sought-after freelance musician, Hakeem has established himself in Pittsburgh and throughout the East as a chamber, orchestral, and brass band musician, as well as a clinician,

music coach, and teaching artist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition to the band, Hakeem is the Bass Trombonist of the River City Brass and has collaborated with many commercial artists throughout the US. Hakeem feels very fortunate to have taken his trombone to many diverse venues across the globe.

Outside of making music, Hakeem loves to build things. Whether it is constructing an innovative cocktail from the bar, or building a computer from scratch, if its hands on, chances are he is in it to win it. Some things you may not know about Hakeem: Other than being a creative mixologist, aspiring chef, and former teen heartthrob, he has been known to randomly break into dance and thrives on being the catalyst of any party (and he says there is always a party somewhere). Hakeem enjoys sour fruits, whiskey, and BBQ beef ribs (not necessarily in that order). Come join the party!

Dancing Off the Canvas: A-C Valley Student Art

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The impulse to move and respond to rhythm is deeply imbedded in our cultural DNA.  Utilizing the universal language of the dance, so popular in the media today, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts has brought a sequential arts education program “Dancing Off the Canvas” to enrich arts education in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools during the Spring of 2015.

Thematically, “Dancing off the Canvas” is all about giving A-C Valley students an opportunity to explore how art has inspired dance and how dance has inspired the visual arts.  ARCA’s objective with this program has been to inspire students, enhance learning through the arts and celebrate student artwork in an exhibit in The Red Brick Gallery in Foxburg from April 11 to 19.

ARCA’s Dancing off the Canvas seeks to bring attention to arts instruction already flourishing in the A-C Valley Schools and to provide new opportunities to showcase students’ talents.  The art exhibit of A-C Valley students in Anita Allen’s art classes in The Red Brick Gallery is the culmination of ARCA’s spring arts education program.

More than 85 A-C Valley students in Anita Allen’s art classes have created 100 works of art inspired by the dance, which will be featured in a Student Art Exhibit at the Red Brick Gallery from April 11 to 19. In their educational process, students have employed the long-standing practice, dating back to the masters of western art, of doing copies of works of art as a study in composition and craftsmanship. From ballet and tango dancers to dancing cartoon figures, beach party dancers and dancing bears, the student artwork is delightfully diverse and excellent in its reproduction of a wide spectrum of images inspired by the dance.

“Students have been working on their art for this exhibit since January,” said Anita Allen, A-C Valley art instructor and Art club faculty advisor. “ It’s amazing to witness their creative process. The Dancing off the Canvas theme has certainly sparked their imagination and has led them to some truly inspired interpretations of dance as they see it. Our community will, without a doubt, get a true idea of the artistic skills our kids have when they see the quality and creativity of this art exhibit.”

Donna Edmonds, a botanical artist herself and Director of the Red Brick Gallery, said, “Not only will the students create the pieces that will be displayed, they will also learn the fundamentals of framing and preparing artworks for display.  We are so pleased to be able to provide this rare chance for them to get a comprehensive perspective on the care and commitment it takes to build an exhibit from start to finish.

Edmonds added, “Perhaps this will provide the inspiration that some student will need to pursue a life-long love for creating art.”

“This beautiful exhibit is a physical manifestation of the continually evolving partnership between ARCA and the A-C Valley Schools. We are empowering arts education by celebrating student artists in Anita Allen’s classes. I’ve admired their work for years and we’re so pleased ARCA can mount this special exhibit that we hope everyone will come to see and support with this FundRazr project,” states John Soroka, Executive Director of ARCA.

The exhibit will run two weekends, from Saturday, April 11 through Sunday, April 19, with gallery hours on Friday April 17, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The ARCA Board of Directors is grateful to Red Brick Gallery Director Donna Edmonds for her generosity and expertise, presenting a seminar to A-C Valley students and creating the exhibit of A-C Valley student art this spring.

ARCA is grateful for the support of the A-C Valley School Board, Superintendent David McDeavitt, Principals Bill Jordan and John Giancola, Staff and Faculty including Anita Allen, Lori Marron Sherman, Jennifer Lowrey and Scott DiTullio for their partnership in bringing its sequential arts education program to enrich the education of AC Valley students.

Dancing Off the Canvas has been supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ARCA is grateful for an inaugural gift from the Bridge Builders Community Foundations in support of its Spring 2015 arts education program.

ARCA has launched a first time internet crowd funding effort on the FundRazr.com website (#inspire students) to invite public support for its arts education program in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.

 

Tom PaneiSinger, Songwriter & Guitarist
Greg MuiterGuitarist
Jessica SanzottiPianist
Zach ManuelSinger, Songwriter
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On Saturday, June 6 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to present An Acoustic Evening with Tom Panei – popular singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, visual artist – AND new father!

Join us for night of music-making in a club-like environment right in Lincoln Hall that will get your summer rocking!  For a taste for the evening’s groove, listen to Tom Panei: Acoustic Sessions on his website www.tompanei.com

Well beloved in and around his home town of Butler and known to casual audiences in Foxburg’s outdoor venues, Tom Panei will bring his heart-opening, touching and evocative acoustic music indoors to Lincoln Hall’s intimate acoustics for an evening of music making that will rock your soul and renew your spirit.

Tom will be joined by musical friends, expanding the evening into a three set program. Singer/Songwriter Zach Manuel will open the evening with his mellow, indie sound and unique rhythms and lyrics full of deep thought and sharp metaphors. Tom will be collaborating with the talented pianist Jessica Sanzotti in his acoustic set and jamming with the extraordinary guitarist, Greg Muiter, with his Rock, Jazz and Blues guitar playing magic.

Doors will open at 7:00 PM before the 7:30 concert.  Arrive early with friends – make new friends – and enjoy an evening in Foxburg you’ll long remember.

AND MAKE AN EVENING OF IT – Plan to arrive early for an Opening of the Exhibit of artist Seth McClaine’s Landscapes and Streetscenes at the Red Brick Gallery from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 6 – immediately before the Tom Panei and Friends Concert.

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As a singer-song writer, just beneath his well-crafted lyrics is an inner smile of a being completely comfortable in his skin as an artist in multiple genres.  He invites the listener into a world where one can revel in all life’s surprises and revelations – safe for the moment within his artistic vision.  His CD Tom Panei: Acoustic Sessions can be purchased on CD Baby and heard on his website www.tompanei.com.

Also an acclaimed visual artist working in chalk pastels, in 2014 Tom was awarded for his epic mural I Hear The Train A Comin’ one of the Top 25 Artists in the international art show, Art Prize, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Straying from the traditional realism embraced by many pastel artists, Tom’s work recalls the cubism assemblage methods of Pablo Picasso and George Braque. He has created and mastered his own technique of blending chalk pastels on wood panels that has become his signature style. Everything from his colorful abstracts to his large vibrant murals are recognized throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

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Throughout his career, Tom has gained a following of collectors from coast to coast in the continental United States in addition to Hawaii. Recently, international collectors from Canada, Italy, and Germany have also commissioned Tom for work. His art has been featured in many articles and publications throughout the country.

10398497_74453513708_6398630_n[1]Through his vibrant murals, to his well-written songs, Tom has become a staple in the music and art scene in the region. He has played hundreds of shows and traveled countless miles sharing his soulful songs.  From Chicago to the Taj Mahal and Trump Towers in Atlantic City and Virginia Music Festival to ski resorts, wineries and clubs throughout the east coast, Tom has a following that keeps him coming back.  And in his native Butler, Tom’s events are jam packed with fans and friends who are art and music lovers, celebrating life’s pleasures through Tom’s eyes.

So either playing guitar, or painting a picture, Tom always has a special way of connecting to his audience. Come out to Lincoln Hall on Saturday, June 6 and enjoy his Art of Music!

Concert at 7:30 PM.  Doors will open at 7 PM.

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Tom Panei is proud to be sponsored in this performance by International Quality Consultants, Inc.

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Other Artists

Zach Manuel

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Opening the Tom Panei & Friends concert will be a set by Zach Manuel.  Zach is a singer/songwriter from Butler who has built a following in clubs and diverse venues throughout the region. Zach will be remembered by Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts audiences as he opened for the the Scottish rock band Big Country in the outdoor concert at RiverStone Farm in August of 2013.  Zach has cultivated a mellow, indie sound with unique rhythms and lyrics full of deep thought and sharp metaphors.

 

 

Greg Muiter

Greg Muiter GuitarGreg Muiter is a Blues, Jazz and Rock guitarist who trained at Duquesne University and studied with the legendary Joe Negri. Over the last 20 years Greg has played with many different guitar ensembles and performed all over the world with various bands playing Blues, Jazz and Rock. He now resides in Wexford with his wife and 2 children.

 

 

Jessica Sanzotti

Jessica Sanzotti is an accomplished pianist from the Butler area who has performed with a variety of musical groups and in diverse styles.  Jessica recently co-directed Evita at the Butler Musical Theatre Guild and this summer will be playing and directing Altar Boyz for the company.  She is excited to be part of this special Acoustic Performance with Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist Tom Panei.

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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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David Allen Wehr – Piano Classical Pops

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David Allen Wehr

A Master Among Us!   Western Pennsylvania is blessed to have in its midst the international competition winner and celebrated and much travelled keyboard artist, David Allen Wehr, who returns to Foxburg to perform a program of Piano Classical Pops on the Lincoln Hall Steinway on Sunday afternoon, April 26 at 2:00 PM.

Known for his exceptional rapport with audiences, David will share with the audience the classics of the piano repertoire that are beloved and recognizable.  There is a reason that many of the treasured and most well known piano works sing in our imaginations and are revered by generations of music lovers.  Enjoy David’s commentary and masterful performance of his beautifully chosen and delightful program from Debussy and Beethoven, to Chopin, Rachmaninoff and the blues, which is certain to charm and delight ARCA audiences – Popular Piano Classics in the hands of a Master.

David Allen Wehr’s international career was launched when he won the Gold Medal at the 1987 Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. Resulting tours have taken him to over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, including performances in the world musical capitals of New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Washington, Madrid and Buenos Aires. Over 1,000 concerts include 13 seasons of touring the United States and Canada for Community Concerts as soloist and chamber music collaborator.

The audience is invited to make a spring afternoon of it on the beautiful banks of the Allegheny River – enjoying some of the most beautiful piano music every written in the hands of a master and attending a post-concert, Meet the Artist reception in the Red Brick Gallery for the opening exhibit of digital photography artist Carolyn Schiffhouer.

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David Allen Wehr Program
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Lincoln Hall –  Foxburg, PA

Debussy:  Two Arabesques
Clair de lune
Golliwog’s Cakewalk

Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata

Granados: Andaluza

Falla: Ritual Fire Dance
Intermission

Chopin:      Military Polonaise
Waltz in C# Minor
Minute Waltz
Nocturne in Db Major
Heroic Polonaise

Rachmaninoff:    Prelude in C# Minor

Joe Utterback:    Deep River (arr.
Tuxedo Blues

International competition winner and celebrated pianist, David Allen Wehr, returns to Foxburg to perform a program of Piano Classical Pops on the Lincoln Hall Steinway on Sunday afternoon, April 26 at 2:00 PM.

David’s international career was launched when he won the Gold Medal at the 1987 Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. The resulting tours have taken him to over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, including performances in the world musical capitals of New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Washington, Madrid and Buenos Aires

It was David’s thirteen seasons touring the United States and Canada for Community concerts as a soloist and in chamber music partnerships that honed his unique ability to make great works for the piano accessible to the public.  Known for his ability as a “Living Program Note”, Dave has a warm personality that welcomes an audience member into the emotion of the music and makes imaginative and simple the intricacies of great works of music.

David will share with the audience the classics of the piano repertoire that are near and dear and recognizable to all music lovers.  His program from Debussy and Beethoven, to Chopin, Rachmaninoff and the blues, is certain to charm and delight ARCA audiences.

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David Allen Wehr

David Allen Wehrholds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at the Mary Pappert School of Music. His international career was launched when he won the Gold Medal at the 1987 Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. The resulting tours have taken him to over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, including performances in the world musical capitals of New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Washington, Madrid and Buenos Aires. Over 1,000 concerts include 13 seasons of touring the United States and Canada for Community Concerts as soloist, pianist with the Sartory Trio, and duo-recital partner with violinist Linda Wang and cellist Zuill Bailey. Wehr has been soloist with the London Symphony, National Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and all the major Spanish and Latin American orchestras.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Wehr grew up in Boise, Idaho, where his parents, graduates of Westminster Choir College, were ministers of music at the Methodist Cathedral of the Rockies. Piano lessons began on his fourth birthday with his mother and continued with his father. Later teachers were Peggy Erwin, Edward Zolas and Sequeira Costa. Wehr studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Taos School of Music, the Dartington Summer Music School in England, and holds degrees from the University of Kansas. He coached extensively with Leon Fleisher, Jorge Bolet and Malcolm Frager. Early in his career, Wehr won the 1975 Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York City, the 1983 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award, and Second Prizes in the 1983 Naumburg International Piano Competition at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the 1986 Kapell Competition at the Kennedy Center.

David Allen Wehr has amassed a large and critically acclaimed discography with Connoisseur Society, Inc., with programs by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Delius, Czerny, Gershwin, Brahms, Griffes, Wagner-Liszt, Dvoř-k and Joe Utterback. The complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle has been released in four double-CD albums. His CDs are available through the Mary Pappert School of Music by calling (412) 396-6082 and at amazon.com. Since 2007, Wehr has served each summer as Principal Keyboard at the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas and the Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Marion, Massachusetts.

Wehr was first associated with Duquesne from 1991-1994, when the Sartory Trio was chamber ensemble-in-residence, and his current tenure began in 2001, when he was named the first Hillman Distinguished Chair. His previous performance projects here include the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle (2002-2004), Beethoven’s “Dynamic Duos”: the complete violin-piano sonatas with Charles Stegeman, the complete works for cello and piano with Anne Martindale Williams, and the Ninth Symphony in Liszt’s two-piano transcription with Helene Wickett (2004), “Brahms on the Bluff”, (Brahms’ complete instrumental chamber music, 2005-2008), “Musique on the Bluff” (French music, 2008-2010), “Bicentennials on the Bluff” (Chopin and Schumann, 2010), “Dvořák at Duquesne” (2011), and “Budapest on the Bluff” (2012).  His current concert series, “Beethoven on the Bluff,” is the first season of a two-year series presenting the major piano chamber works of Beethoven. It will consist of four concerts of music written from 1793-1801.

Jelani EddingtonTheatre Organist
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Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of  Theatre Organ nostalgia as the extraordinary Jelani Eddington presents The Great American Songbook – a concert of popular American standards from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s on the McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer at 3:00 PM in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall.  The keyboard artistry of Jelani Eddington – one of the most prominent and sought-after artists on the theatre organ concert circuit – is sure to delight and amaze!

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During the years that Jelani Eddington has given concerts, he has easily established himself as one of the most prominent and sought-after artists on the concert circuit. Jelani has performed in most of the major concert venues throughout the United States, has toured extensively abroad, and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including his selection as the 2001 Theatre Organist Of The Year.

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Jelani Eddington was born in Muncie, Indiana to Louise Eddington and the late Robert Eddington and grew up in a very musical family. Between the interests of his mother, a professional music teacher of many years, and those of his grandmother, Florence Arnold, a well-respected piano instructor, it was no surprise when Jelani demonstrated an inclination toward music at a very early age.

Shortly after beginning piano instruction at the age of four, Jelani began studying classical piano under the direction of his grandmother. At the age of eight, a trip to hear the 4-manual 42-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ installed in the Indianapolis, Indiana restaurant, the Paramount Music Palace, introduced Jelani to the sounds of the theatre pipe organ. Soon thereafter, he began to pursue classical organ lessons and ultimately began studying theatre organ under the direction of John Ferguson, whose skills as a theatre organ instructor have been highly acclaimed internationally.

At the age of 13, Jelani won the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition, prevailing over competitors ages 13-21 from the United States, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Jelani remains the youngest competitor ever to win this title. Jelani went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University in 1996, and later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1999, after which time he was admitted to practice law in New York and later in Wisconsin.

During the course of his concert career, Jelani has been featured at numerous national and regional conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, and has toured extensively throughout the world, including numerous concert appearances in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Jelani has also produced and marketed over 30 theatre organ albums on some of the best-known and most dynamic instruments in the country. In August 2001, the American Theatre Organ Society honored Jelani’s extensive career as a concert and recording organist by naming him the 2001 Theatre Organist Of The Year.

In 2014, Jelani became the first—and to date only—musician to have a video of his theatre organ performance go “viral.” Within a few short weeks, Jelani’s performance of John William’s Star Wars Symphonic Suite was viewed on YouTube over 1 million times in more than 200 countries around the world.

 

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.

 

Returning by popular demand, the Irish Band CARNIVAL OF SOULS on Friday will sound the call for the Irish with a Family Concert on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg.  

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Leprechaun magic will abound with the call of the highland bagpipes and all those lucky enough to be Irish – and all those hopefuls who wish they were Irish  – will tap their toes and kick up their heels as we begin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Foxburg.

This  year’s rousing and spirited concert brings back the locally based Irish BandCarnival of Souls, which will be led by Brian and Kelly Lowry – featuring highland pipes, bodhrán drum, 12 string and bass guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, and keyboard along with high spirited vocals.

The band includes five talented members of the Lowry family.  The band members are:

Roy Abbott – flute

Daryl Hartman – vocals, 12-string guitar, mandolin

Brian Lowry – keyboards, accordion, tin whistle, hammered dulcimer

Kelly Lowry – vocals, percussion

Jonathan Shegog – Highland pipes, small pipes

Caitlin Lowry – vocals, bodhran, keyboard

Benjamin Lowry – bass, six-string guitar, vocals

Joshua Lowry – fiddle, mandolin, banjo, vocals

Listen to their music from their CD No Scone Unburned – Forty-two Pound Checque/Wind that shakes the Barley on their website, Carnival of Souls.    More samples of No Scone Unburned  and their second CD, SconeHenge,  is available through their website and CD Baby.  CDs will be available for sale at the concert.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS has been performing traditional and original Celtic music in Western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and West Virginia for nearly twenty years. The group uses a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional instruments to produce a rich range of music that would be at home in a pub in Dublin or a coffee shop in Shadyside.

Their first CD, “No Scone Unburned” was released in 1999 and has been acclaimed by Dirty Linen, the international magazine of folk music, and is in the Irish music archives in Dublin. They can be heard at a variety of venues in the tri-state area.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $7 for students.  To reserve, call 724 659-3153 or you soon can buy tickets online on this page.

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