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If you love the oldies and Doo Wop and 60s close harmony, then whatever you do this spring do not miss PURE GOLD:  Spring Doo Wop and Golden Oldies on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall. Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with ARCA – and dance in the back of the hall, rocking’ and rollin’ the night away to five voices in perfect harmony and a red-hot rhythm section that add up to nothing less than PURE GOLD.

“Pure Gold possesses so much pure talent and class…established as one of the finest oldies acts in the country… more than soulful messengers as they resurrect and restore these songs with the passion of an avid record collector.”   Dave Goodrich, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With signature acappella vocals and four-part harmonies, Pure Gold delivers diverse sounds and musical styles with a stage presence that transcends audience ages and backgrounds. Bringing the golden age of American vocal harmony to performances from Radio City Music Hall to The Waldorf Astoria and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pure Gold doo-wops their way through the decades, performing material from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as well as a blend of blues, standards and original material to highlight their unique talents and range – as heard in their four CD releases:  Collage • Forever • Acappella Christmas • The Acappella Album.

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2018, PURE GOLD has performed for 30 million viewers on PBS in programs over the years, including Doo Wop 50; Doo Wop 51; and Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop.  Other television shows include Soul Spectacular; Soul & Inspiration; This Land Is Your Land; Red, White & Rock; and Rhythm, Love & Soul.  AND you can hear them LIVE in Lincoln Hall on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM.  

Give a special gift for Mother’s Day – a musical trip down memory lane!

Tickets are Adults $30, Members $25 and Students $5. This concert will SELL, so be sure to buy online here in advance or reserve at 724-659-3153.  Tickets also will be sold at the door as available, by cash or check only.

Make a day of it in the beautiful Allegheny River Valley! Discover quaint and scenic Foxburg:   tour the Red Brick Gallery exhibit of Photographer Dennis Keyes and Coiled Basket artist Linda Thompson after a walk along the river,  wine tasting at the Foxburg Wine Cellars, lunch or dinner at The Allegheny Grille, or at Foxburg Pizza, enjoy gourmet coffee and desserts at Divani Chocolatier and Barrista.  And perhaps overnight at the Foxburg Inn or in Emlenton at the Barnard House.  Perhaps start up the river in EMLENTON with afternoon shopping at Amy’s Closet, or biking along the Emlenton river trail, with a pre-concert super at Little It Deli in Emlenton. Photograph by Glenn Thompson Photography, a Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artist.

PURE GOLD

PURE GOLD is synonymous with quality. Pure Gold has performed with more than 100 major acts over the life of the group: Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, the Four Tops, Temptations, Beach Boys, Franki Valli, Dionne Warwick and Little Anthony and the Imperials among them. They have performed for 30 million on PBS; 100,000 roared as they took the stage with Chuck Berry at a July 4th celebration in Pittsburgh; fans cheered as they sang the National Anthem at the AFC Championship game and provided pre-game entertainment for hockey’s 41st All Star Game and their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was met with overwhelming success.

Pure Gold has kept close company with some of music’s biggest legends like Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and The Isley Brothers. Thirty million viewers hung on every note as this eight-piece vocal/instrumental group provided accompaniment for the nationally televised PBS specials Doo Wop 50, Doo Wop 51 and Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop. As the first non-inductees to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pure Gold’s overwhelming success prompted an invitation to return as the first group to perform there on New Year’s Eve.

The highly-polished band orchestrates the perfect mood with music, adding ambiance and excitement to any affair. Pure Gold has performed at countless engagements from corporate events to wedding receptions, birthday parties to anniversary celebrations. Pure Gold has been afforded the opportunity to play for The National Football League (NFL), The National Hockey League (NHL), Heinz USA, and the Young Presidents Organization.

With signature acappella vocals and four-part harmonies, Pure Gold delivers diverse sounds and musical styles with a stage presence that transcends audience ages and backgrounds. Bringing the golden age of American vocal harmony to performances from Radio City Music Hall to The Waldorf Astoria and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pure Gold doo-wops their way through the decades, performing material from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as well as a blend of blues, standards and original material to highlight their unique talents and range.

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with your sweetheart – and enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane, experience PURE GOLD – the musical best of America’s Doo Wop generation – right here in Lincoln Hall, Foxburg!

 

Dane Vannattervocalist
Clifford Barnespiano
Tony DePaolisbass
James Mooretrumpet
Dane Vannatter

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts will welcome back by popular demand nationally acclaimed vocalist and recording artist, Dane Vannatter, on Saturday evening June 16 at 7:30 PM.  Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall will be aglow with candlelight and nightclub cabaret table-style seating, a perfect setting for a relaxing, romantic night out, enjoying this masterful entertainer and cabaret artist and his jazz trio of consummate musicians on Father’s Day weekend!

Performing songs “From Broadway to Motown” as well as from his celebrated fourth CD – Give Me Something Real – you won’t want to miss his inimitable style of intimate cabaret singing. “His voice has a floating quality that gets in your head and won’t leave…his music is a swinging, soaring adventure!” The Boston Globe

And be sure to wear your dancing shoes so you can take a spin with your sweetheart at the back of the hall.  Wine and beer will be available by donation.

In his last visit to Foxburg Dane left the audience begging for more of his unique vocal artistry and sensitive interpretations of the classic American songbook. Dane’s singing runs the gamut of emotions, as he performs heartfelt passionate, humorous, joyous and touching songs that span seven decades.   Once again, an outstanding trio of jazz artists will provide the background over which Dane will display his vocal palette of emotional colors.

dane vannatter trio 2014

Daniel May, Dane Vannatter, Tony DePaolis, Mike Tomaro

The jazz trio backing Dane is composed of nationally-known jazz artists whose careers go beyond live performance into the areas of composition, movie scores, touring, recording and education. Joining Dane in creating musical magic in the intimacy of a Lincoln Hall’s acoustic and cabaret environment will be Clifford Barnes (piano), Tony DePaolis (bass) and James Moore (trumpet).

Enjoy a romantic night out enjoying smooth and grooving jazz in a candlelit night club style setting. With table seating for the cabaret, seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your tickets or your table early!

Adults: $25, ARCA Members $20, Students $5 Beer and Wine by donation.
To reserve tickets: 724-659-3153  or buy online here.

Dane Vannatter in Lincoln Hall

Dane Vannatter

Dane Vannatter

“Vannatter is one of the most jazz-savvy cabaret singers around”.  Boston Globe

Acclaimed by Carol Sloane of Concord Records as ‘my favorite among the new young male singers’, Dane Vannatter has been celebrated for his naturally beautiful voice and tasty jazz style.  Montreal’s George Evans said, “Dane Vannatter makes it sound so easy – his style is so natural and his sound so free that one could get the mistaken impression that singing isn’t work to him at all, but as simple as breathing and just as organic.”

Dane Vannatter hails from Muncie, Indiana where his grandparents were Church of God ministers who traveled the country playing and singing for death row prisoners. He attributes his love of music to his grandmother, who lovingly taught him to play the piano and introduced him to the wonderful complexities of harmony. Equally influential in Dane’s early musical experience was his father’s love of jazz and masters of the song, such as Kay Starr and Billie Holiday. His father’s extensive and varied album collection provided the vehicle through which the young Dane began to learn and experience the art of interpreting song. Whether they use their talents in the popular or classical music genres, most singers begin to reach a vocal maturity in their late 20’s or early 30’s. It was at this age that Dane began to approach singing very seriously as a result of an invitation to participate in a contest in Boston.

Currently living in Pittsburgh, Dane has received Bistro awards for Outstanding Vocalist and for his recording, Flight, by the critics of BackStage in New York. He has been acclaimed by reviewers at The New York Post, The Boston Globe and BackStage for a style that “blends facets of cabaret and jazz with intelligence and care”.

The Boston Globe remarks: “Dane Vannatter’s distinctive style leaves an imprint on whatever music he sings. His voice has a floating quality that gets in your head and won’t leave…his music is a swinging, soaring adventure!” He has been nominated for four MAC awards and has been a Nightlife Award finalist.

Patti LaBelle and Dane Vannatter

Patti LaBelle and Dane Vannatter

Dane has performed for several years at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Town Hall in New York City and performed in venues nationally and internationally. In Pittsburgh, Dane has performed for the First Fridays at the Frick series and sings regularly at the Fairmont Hotel’s Jazz at Andy’s and James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.

On July 31, 2015 Dane was called to the stage by Patti LaBelle during her concert in Columbus, Ohio. After hearing Dane sing and inviting him to duet on her classic “Lady Marmalade” Patti exclaimed “You better sing, fool. My God!.”

Dane is a gentleman with a particular passion for lending his considerable talents in support of such noble causes as pancreatic cancer research and the Adagio Health Organization, which serves more than 100,000 Western Pennsylvanians regardless of income or insurance.

 

The review of Dane Vannatter’s fourth CD Give Me Something Real in Cabaret Scenes:

Dane Vannatter imageJanuary 31, 2016
Reviewed by John Hoglund for Cabaret Scenes

Many have asked, “Where are the torchbearers for the Great American Songbook today?” There are wannabes floating around who have gotten serious star attention that’s arguably not warranted (like Michael Bublé or Diana Krall who are not quite the real deal or bore), but have been lucky enough to be churned out like butter and packaged well. But, today’s cabarets and jazz clubs have some great singers who deserve a shot. Welcome Dane Vannatter, who has been kicking around Boston, New York and, more recently, Pittsburgh clubs for almost two decades and has built a loyal following. He’s someone the Concord or Telarc labels might consider, especially since there is a paucity of good jazz vocalists on the market today.

While there’s no magic formula to being a great singer, some just have what it takes. Vannatter fits that bill. Whenever this jazz/swing singer hits the stage, he is known for putting his best foot forward. He never disappoints. His fourth CD, Give Me Something Real, is no exception. His rangy jazz tenor caresses songs with ease. Insightful phrasing matches the quality of his full-voiced vocals, which remain flawless.

Unlike his previous three albums, this particular disc has a more personal touch as he blends etched-in-wood classics with contemporary story songs that soar. This is obvious on beautifully realized cuts like “But Beautiful” (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen), “Blame It on My Youth” (Edward Heyman/Oscar Levant) and the album’s title cut from 1998 by Clark Anderson and Meryn Warren which stands out for its heartfelt clarity. These are sung with an intelligence and bright musicality that excels with every note. A lot of heart went into recording these gems. Kicking off with a strong bass line, the frolicsome “I Love My Bed” (Bob Haymes) is a refreshing lighthearted romp that’s given a terrific arrangement. He digs deep while retaining a strong drive on the Billy Strayhorn beauty “Something to Live For.” Such versatility only adds to the surprises on this disc that mixes the old and new. One of the CD’s most intense and trenchant cuts fuses the Coldplay hit “Fix You” (Chris Martin/Jonny Buckland/Guy Berryman/Will Chapman) with Leonard Cohen’s legendary “Hallelujah.” Joining these unique songs of shattered love and sadness is inspired, making for the album’s finest cut. They unfold a tale of wrenching drama and heartbreak in a stunning arrangement that is about riveting as it gets. Vannatter shows his level of interpretive gifts with these two formidable songs. The burnished bruise in his expressive, softer moments underscores a natural vibrato that is heartbreaking. This pairing is worth the price of the album alone, which is a hands-down winner by a singer who deserves more exposure and recognition.

The exceptional band is led by Fred Boyle (piano), with Ron Ormsby (bass), Bart Weisman (drums), Steve Ahern (trumpet), Bruce Abbott (sax/flute), Jon Evans (bass), Eric Susoeff (guitar) and Daniel May (keyboard).

Dane

Benny BenackSax, Clarinet, Trumpet & Vocals
Victor GarzottoKeyboards
Mike HoulisBass
David GloverDrums
Jeff BellGuitar & Vocals
 

Looking for that perfect night LATE SUMMER NIGHT out with your sweetheart?  

It will be a night to remember as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts brings back Pittsburgh’s Jazz Legend –  Benny Benack and his Band – for an evening of sizzling Jazz, Swing and Dixieland – dancing to the Blues, and Rock n Roll – and with wonderful vocals from the Great American Song Book on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 7:30 PM at Lincoln Hall.

He’s the MAN – and – This is THE Band!  It will be a “hot time in the old town of Foxburg”!

Consummate Showman and Band Leader, BENNY BENACK and his Quintet will “TEAR THE ROOF OFF”
of Lincoln Hall, Saturday night, September 16 at 7:30 PM!  

Call to reserve now as seating is limited!  Tickets are $20 for Adults and Students $5.  Beverages will be available by donation.  Call 724 659-3153 to reserve or buy online here.

Benny’s virtuosic artistry on sax, clarinet, trumpet and vocals will be backed up by some of Pittsburgh’s hottest musicians – wailing, rocking, and charming the audience with styles ranging from New Orleans Dixieland to modern day jazz players like Kenny Garrett, Branford Marsalis and Roy Hargrove.

And they’ll also play Big band Swing, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr., Ray Charles, The Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine and PLUS standards from the Great American Song Book AND Rock n Roll and Rhythm and Blues.

What a show for your listening enjoyment AND for dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall!

Last year in his cameo appearance in a night of New Orleans Jazz, Benny had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand and wanting MORE!  Now, an entire night of his magical audience charisma and musical virtuosity and versatility.


AND Be sure to wear your dancing shoes! Dancing at Lincoln Hall has become a favorite of audiences – loving both the warm ambience and close up experience of thrilling music making and also the opportunity to dance with their sweetheart at the back of the hall.

Benny Benack and his band 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!

Tickets are $20 for Adults and Students $5.  Beverages will be available by donation.

Call 724 659-3153 to reserve or buy online here.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

 

Benny Benack, Jr. is a legend in the Pittsburgh jazz and night club scene – a band leader well known for his virtuosic musicianship and charismatic audience appeal.  The Benny Benack Band plays everything from jazz, swing, big band, Dixieland, Rhythm and Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll – with wonderful vocals from the Great American Song Book and more.

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 Jr. song 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 big name for himself in the jazz scene in New York City.

 

HAVE AN UNFORGETTABLE TIME dancing in the golden twilight to Rock ‘n’ Roll, 50’s, Pop music, and Jazz with John Burgh’s BIG BAND in an OUTDOOR CONCERT on Sunday, August 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at beautiful RiverStone Farm in a new shaded, grassy location west of the H-Barn.  Bring the WHOLE family – your lawn chair, cooler, picnic basket, AND dancing shoes – and join us for a magical night in one of the most scenically beautiful places in western Pennsylvania – RiverStone Farm!

A favorite of ARCA audiences and known throughout the Pittsburgh area for his musical versatility in a broad spectrum of styles, keyboardist and band leader, JOHN BURGH is bringing a nine piece Big Band of Pittsburgh’s preeminent instrumentalists and vocalists – including celebrated Pittsburgh singers, LISA BLEIL and RANDY EUGENE, performing it ALL – from jazz standards, 50’s, rock ‘n’ roll, and vintage country to popular music sure to delight the concert crowd and get ALL ages up and dancing!

Versatile vocalist LISA BLEIL is known for her performances on the Emmy-winning PBS series “Live From Studio A” and can also be seen on the nationally-televised “Rock, Rhythm & Doo-wop” and “Red, White & Rock” performing with Frankie Avalon, Frankie Valli and Connie Francis, among others.

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY – OR – have a romantic night out with your sweetheart! Bring lawn seating – a chair or a blanket – your picnic basket and cooler – AND your dancing shoes!

The concert is RAIN OR SHINE.  If there’s rain, the entire concert simply gets moved inside to the Olympic sized arena in the RiverStone Farm H-Barns. The RiverStone gate opens at 5:00 PM – and the concert starts at 6:00 PM.

Children under 6 are FREE, Students are $5, and Adults are $20.  Buy online or call to RESERVE: 724-659-3153 Beer, wine and water for sale. 

Beautiful RiverStone Farm

Gates open at 5:00 PM. RiverStone Farm is located at 352 Foxview Road, Foxburg, PA 16036, just up the hill from Foxburg.   Once in the area, follow the signs to the turn onto Foxview Road off of Route 58 (Foxview Road on one side and Metz Road on the other).  It’s RAIN or SHINE – so plan for the day, no matter what.  Any issue with weather, we simply move inside to the H-Barn Arena.

The musicians’ tent is ready – and the RiverStone grounds are gorgeous… All That’s Missing is YOU – and the BIG BAND!




Bring a cooler – a picnic – lawn seating or a blanket – and have a wonderful evening with your family or special moments with your Sweetheart.

Would you also like to enjoy ARCA’s annual Membership Pig Roast Picnic, which precedes the concert this year at 4:00 PM for ARCA Members?

 If you become an ARCA MEMBER  by August 7 , you can be a part of the festivities and also attend the Membership Picnic beforehand! Click here to become an ARCA member and reserve and pay for your dinner ticket by August 7 to attend the ARCA Membership picnic, making a full day of it at scenic RiverStone Farm.

For more information on the ARCA Membership picnic and becoming an ARCA member, call 724-659-3153.

ARIVE EARLY & EXPLORE FOXBURG!

2017 Glenn Thompson, photographer

Plan to Make a Day of it in beautiful Foxburg!  Enjoy a walk along the Allegheny River trail or rent bicycles with Foxburg Tours OR have a Segway tour of beautiful RiverStone Estate in the morning or early afternoon!  Have lunch at the Allegheny Grille with seating overlooking the Allegheny River, or for more casual fare, at Foxburg Pizza with salads, sandwiches and pizza.  Save time to enjoy wine tasting at Foxburg Wine Cellars and savor a gourmet coffee and hand made chocolate at Divani Chocolatier and Barrista.  Or spend the night in the lovely Foxburg Inn.

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And of course, before the concert stop by the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop to enjoy the offerings of talented Cooperative Artists from the region and view the works by Donna Edmonds, Glenn Thompson and Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell in the exhibit – Inspired Expressions:  Brush, Lens and Clay.

About the Musicians

John Burgh and his band have been so popular with ARCA Members playing during the annual membership picnics and late into the night, with Members dancing for hours.  Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to bring JOHN BURGH back with a nine piece BIG BAND ORCHESTRA for an ENTIRE evening of joyous music-with celebrated Pittsburgh musicians – including celebrated singers, LISA BLEIL and RANDY EUGENE, performing jazz standards, 50’s, rock ‘n’ roll, vintage country and popular music… sure to get ALL ages up and dancing.

It’s going to be a gorgeous summer night of grooving and rocking to BLUES, JAZZ & ROCK ‘N ROLL as keyboardist John Burgh and superb cross-over, 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 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 BurghJohn 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.

VOCALISTS

John Burgh and Lisa Bleil

From Jazz standards to Rhthym & Blues and Rock n Roll, vocalists LISA BLEIL and RANDY EUGENE are sure to delight – AND to get you up and dancing!  Have a listen…

LISA BLIEL

Vocalist Lisa Bleil was a featured performer on the Emmy-winning PBS series “Live From Studio A” and can also be seen on the nationally-televised “Rock, Rhythm & Doo-wop” and “Red, White & Rock” performing with Frankie Avalon, Frankie Valli and Connie Francis, among others.  Lisa’s theater credits include “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Sound of Music” and “Kiss Me Kate”. She also spent several years with Latshaw Productions as a writer, director, and performer of themed musical reviews that performed in the Pittsburgh area as well as touring the Eastern US and Canada.

RANDY EUGENE – Rhythm & Blues AND Pretty Woman

 

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY – or have a date night on a picnic blanket at twilight at beautiful RiverStone Farm.  Children under 6 are FREE, Students are $5,  and Adults are $20. You can buy tickets here or call 724 659-3153 to reserve.

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 FigelVocals
David CrisciKeyboards
Robbie KleinSaxophone & Flute
Tod TreganowanDrums

By popular demand of its cabaret-loving audience, Allegheny 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, backed by the superb musicians in her band – to create an unforgettable evening of cabaret singing and dance music in Lincoln Hall’s romantic nightclub environment on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 PM.  

Be sure to wear your dancing shoes for dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall.   Glittering candlelight and cabaret table seating to enjoy these consummate artists make it the perfect night out to celebrate the Father’s Day weekend.  Cheese and snacks will be served, with beverages by donation.

Known for her extraordinary voice and musicianship, Judi Figel is a celebrated singer in the jazz scene and musical nightlife in the Pittsburgh area who takes her audiences on a ride from pop, country, the blues and jazz standards to musical theater and light rock.  Judi’s glorious singing and her fun-loving personality will charm, soothe and rock your soul.

As has been said of Judi’s voice and vocal artistry, “WHAT A VOICE!  This singer really has the pipes – and a beautiful heart to match!”  Judi and the superb instrumentalists in her Trio, will create an unforgettable evening of cabaret singing and dance music: David Crisci on keyboards, Robbie Klein, sax and flute and Tod Treganowan on Drums.

Tickets are Adults $30, Members $25, Students $5. Snacks are served.  Beverages are available by donation.   Dancing at the back of the hall.  Because of cabaret table seating, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  Seating is limited so be sure to reserve early.  To reserve a table or tickets, call 724 659-3153 or buy online here.

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.  Be sure to wear your dancing shoes for dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall.   Glittering candlelight and cabaret table seating to enjoy these consummate artists make it the perfect “night out” to celebrate the Father’s Day weekend.

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.

Make your plans now for a night out with your sweetheart, serenaded by this consummate singing artist and her tasty jazz musicians – David Cisci, Robbie Klein, and Tod Treganowan!  It will be a night you will long remember.

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

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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