Seasons Archives: Fall 2014

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A perennial Holiday Season favorite, The Madrigal Dinner Theatre, returns to Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA for two evenings in early December, December 5th and 6th. This re-creation of a Renaissance period dinner is replete with period musical selections woven within a Christmas play with pageantry and toasts to the holiday season.

The Madrigal Dinner Theatre has been a sell-out each year.   Be sure to reserve your spots early–only 70 seats available for each performance.


8740421_origCan you recall an earlier time in your life when the only utensil available to you at mealtime was a spoon? Back then, were there people dressed in elegant costumes serving your meal and entertaining you at once?

The Madrigal Dinner has become a Foxburg Christmas Tradition! Each December, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and the Madrigal Singers transform Lincoln Hall into a grand banquet hall reminiscent of Medieval England. The Madrigal Singers, adorned in period costumes, entertain with madrigal songs and traditional holiday carols. They serve each course of the meal, at the same time unfolding a story set to music. Think of it as a modern form of dinner theatre.

Lincoln Hall becomes the Great Hall setting for your experience of a Royal event. Candlelit tables, banners and coats of arms give one a sense of the majesty enjoyed by a select few. The king and queen arrive in grand flourish and invite all in attendance to share in a festive dinner. The madrigal choir, dressed in period costume, entertains with madrigal songs and traditional holiday carols. They serve each course of the meal, while a story unfolds set to music.


The menu for each night is representative of typical dinner fare of the time and is yours to enjoy–spoon in hand! Of course, no meal back then was complete without continuous goblets of mead and this beverage flows freely.  The meal is divided into courses and each is heralded with a traditional song. A play is performed between courses and a concert of choral music concludes the festivities. The dinner is intended to imitate a meal that might have been served during the Middle Ages.

renaissancechoirMadrigal choral music originated in Italy in the 1520s. In Italy, the madrigal was the most important secular form of music of its time and reached its formal and historical zenith by the second half of the 16th century.  After the 1630s, the madrigal began to merge with the cantata and the dialogue. The rise of opera gradually displaced the madrigal. In early 18th century England, the singing of madrigals was revived by catch and glee clubs, and later by the Madrigal Society in 1741.

Jump start your family’s Holiday enjoyment with this Foxburg Christmas tradition presented by the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts!

Life in the Midst of the Civil War

The Civil War Colored Pencil Paintings of Amy Lindenberger
Friday, October 17 to Sunday, November 9
An Exhibit Opening on Sunday, October 19 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Often an artist works centers upon a theme or one medium. Given such a focus their work becomes distinctive and recognizable. During the year Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts, artist cooperative the Red Brick Gallery, in Foxburg hosts guest artist exhibits in the upstairs gallery. Their works many times reflect a unifying subject or approach.

At the Gallery in 2014 guests shows have been quite varied. Fritz Keck paintings opened the season highlighting historical neighborhood scenes familiar to many of Pittsburgh.  Later in Bugs and Buds Donna Edmond’s beautiful botanicals and Angela Hardwick’s English gardens graced the walls. In the most recent show Emlenton’s Doug Elder masterfully conveyed local rural landscapes and scenes.

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A new show “Life in the Midst of the Civil War:  The Civil War Colored Pencil Paintings of Amy Lindenberger opens Friday October 17th with poignant colored pencil paintings of the American Civil war era of expressive vignettes and faces through the intuitive and interpretive eyes of Artist Amy Lindenberger. An opening reception and meet the artist is scheduled for Sunday October 19th from 3 PM to 5 PM. The reception coincides with ARCA’s Autumn Afternoon Sunday piano concert at Lincoln Hall at 2:00 PM featuring Gayle Martin Henry.

Ms. Lindenberger is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from the University of Akron (OH). In a 15-year span she worked as a portrait artist, completing over 600 privately commissioned portraits. In 1985 she opened The Linden Tree Fine Art Studio in North Canton, OH, offering adult drawing classes, instructions for teens, and children, and special focus workshops in drawing.

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In 1996 Amy began pursuing her dream by combining her experience in depicting human expression and emotion with her lifelong passion for the Civil War era. The culmination of this effort can be seen in Beyond the Battlefield, a series of large-scale colored pencil images which focus on the war’s effect on the citizen-soldier, his wife and children, and society as a whole.

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Amy’s work depicts with great sensitivity these personal realities of the Civil War, and complement battle scenes and high drama depicted by other Civil War artists.

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From 2004 to 2013, she owned and operated her Civil War Fine Art Gallery & Studio in Gettysburg, PA.  She currently is part of a six-artist co-op, The Drawing Room Gallery at the studio.  Amy is a member of the faculty of the Botanical Art and Illustration Program at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, providing instruction in colored pencil techniques for use in botanical art.

Amy is a charter member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). She has shown her work in a wide variety of local, regional and national exhibitions, receiving numerous awards. Her work has been included in six internationally-distributed books, and will appear in a seventh, Incite 2: Color Passions in fall, 2014.

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Beyond the Battlefield has been exhibited in various solo shows, in North Canton, OH, at Harrisburg Area Community College, at the Gallery at Westminster in Pittsburgh in 2012 and in Chambersburg, PA in 2014. Amy was the featured artist at the 2004 March to Destiny Civil War Encampment in Shippensburg, PA, and served as a lecturer at the Women’s History Symposium in Gettysburg.

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts established the Red Brick Artist Cooperative in 2011 to provide area artists a suitable venue for the display and viewing of their works and a consignment sales outlet for the members. The artists volunteer their time to have the space open to the public. The Gallery’s home is a charming and historic 135 year old building that was once the business office of the Fox family from Philadelphia and the namesake of the Foxburg village. It was attractively restored in 2004 by its current owners, who are also ARCA members, and became known as The Red Brick. The building also serves as the office of the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts, a regional non-profit organization fostering the performing arts in the northern Allegheny River valley and encouraging local artists’ efforts.

The Red Brick is located at 17 Main Street in “downtown” Foxburg and is open on weekends. Store hours are Friday 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.  To reach by phone during open hours call 724-659-0003.

Doug Elder Exhibit

“A New Autumn Beginning”
Featuring Paintings and Pastels by Doug Elder
Sunday September 21 through Sunday, October 12th

Summer begins to wane and as autumn approaches the landscapes of the Allegheny and Clarion River valleys begin to take on a special hue in the changing light. It is a splendid time to have the pastoral and natural abundance of our area captured in paintings by a talented local artist in an exhibit at the Red Brick Gallery in Foxburg on Main Street. Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts enthusiastically announces a new exhibit at its artist cooperative, The Red Brick Gallery and Shop, beginning on Sunday, September 21st. The works of local painter Doug Elder, which capture time-frozen moments and convey a special rural and natural nostalgia, will be displayed in the Upstairs Gallery through October 12th.

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Doug Elder is native of Scrubgrass Township, Venango County. Doug is by trade a sign painter, working quietly and diligently from his unpretentious studio and shop on a small farm near the meandering Allegheny River. He is a self-taught artist who paints predominantly in oils, pastels and occasionally acrylics for his larger mural works. He has displayed his paintings in galleries in Pennsylvania, New York and Arizona. Doug takes time to share, as he teaches an “Advanced Painting Studio” class at Butler County Community College.

Doug’s signs are by themselves works of art using vivid color and detail. In contrast, his paintings are subtle in color, muted, and evoke emotion. The paintings often portray a quiet or restful country scene that draws one to it; to linger, wanting to say “I know that place.” It is certain he is a master of both crafts.

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Plan to attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and share your impressions with the artist Doug Elder.

Before the reception you can enjoy a marvelous concert at Lincoln Hall at 2:00 PM as the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts presents Rising Stars: Young Artists Winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition Pianists Aleksandr (Sasha) Voinov and Stephanie Petinaux; Joel Goodloe, Baritone; Hannah Piston, Harp, who will charm and delight the audience with their exuberant talent.

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts established the Red Brick Artist Cooperative in 2011 to provide area artists a suitable venue for the display and viewing of their works, as well as a consignment sales outlet for the members, who all volunteer their time to have the space open to the public. The Gallery’s home is a charming and historic 135 year-old building that was once the business office of the Fox family from Philadelphia and the namesake of the Foxburg village. It was attractively restored in 2004 by its current owners, who are also ARCA members and became known as The Red Brick. The building also serves as the office of the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts, a regional non- profit organization fostering the performing arts in the northern Allegheny River valley and encouraging local artists efforts.

The Red Brick is located at 17 Main Street in Foxburg and is open on weekends. Members are local and regional artists who include painters, weavers, photographers, and potters. Store hours are Friday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.  To reach by phone call during open hours 724-659-0003.


Gayle Martin, Piano Artistry

The Allegheny-Clarion River Valley foliage will be full color. Have a Golden Sunday Afternoon on October 19 and enjoy Glorious Music and Art in the Beautiful Allegheny River Valley.

imagesAt 2:00 PM on October 19 in Lincoln Hall, internationally acclaimed pianist, Gayle Martin, will perform a program of  Liszt, Chopin, Prokofiev and Schubert – followed by a Meet the Artist Reception and Red Brick Gallery opening from 3:00 – 5:00 PM of Amy Lindenberger’s provocative exhibit of “Life in the Midst of the Civil War:  The Civil War Colored Pencil Paintings”.

From Moscow to Buenos Aires and New York to Los Angeles – in concertos and recital – internationally acclaimed pianist Gayle Martin’s “deep seated emotional response to the music” (Washington Post) creates “A truly magical atmosphere”.  Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is pleased to bring Gayle back by popular demand on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 PM in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall  She will certainly mesmerize her audience with her “brilliant, moving and always beautiful” piano artistry.

In addition to Chopin Mazurkas and Valse Brilliante, selections from Prokofiev’s ballet, Romeo and Juliet, and Liszt’s Dedication, Gayle will perform masterworks by Franz Schubert – an Impromptu and the Wanderer Fantasy, considered to be one of the most demanding compositions for the piano.

Tickets:  Adults $25, ARCA Members $20, Students $10   To reserve tickets, please call 724 659-3153

In her last appearance in Lincoln Hall a few years ago, pianist Gayle Martin HenryIMG_0417 - Version 2 expertly colored the musical paintings of Ravels Pictures at an Exhibition.  Her performance is still recalled by audiences.  The first American woman to be a finalist in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Gayle has been busy performing with orchestras across the United States, including a recent performance at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she played the Grieg concerto.

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts welcomes Gayle back to it’s Steinway Grand Piano, continuing an outstanding series of superior keyboard soloists.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow provided posterity with many gems and among them is this poignant statement: “Ah, how good it feels!  The hand of an old friend.”   In a performance on Sunday, October 19, 2:00 PM at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts doubles the pleasure with the return, by popular demand, of an old friend, internationally acclaimed pianist Gayle Martin.  In the artistry of her hands, you are sure to experience musical and technical mastery.

Gayle Martin has had a distinguished career as a concert artist, achieving international prominence as the sole American Laureate of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, and only the third American woman ever to reach the finals.  A native of Texas, she was one of the very last students of the famous pedagogue, Madame Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School, where she was awarded the very prestigious Josef Lhevinne Prize.  She also studied with the well-known Seymour Bernstein, who is the subject of a recent documentary featured in the New York, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals this Fall.  Her M.A degree was earned at New York University, where she was on the faculty for five years.

Her most recent highlight was a performance of the Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto with the California Philharmonic at the Ambassador Theater in Pasadena.  Other performances include appearances with the Houston Symphony (since age 12), the Moscow Radio Philharmonic, the Maracaibo Symphony, the Denver Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Amarillo, Virginia and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, the Central New Jersey Symphony, and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York.  She has toured throughout South America, including an engagement in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina.  In 2004, her performance with the Moravian Philharmonic of Judith Shatin’s Piano Concerto, “The Passion of St. Cecilia,” was released by Capstone Records.

Additional concerts include performances at Lincoln Center in New York, at the White House and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and numerous other appearances throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, England, Austria, Poland, Israel, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Mainland China.

Reviewers have written of “her intense passion and deep-seated emotional response to the music” (Washington Post), and that “this was a performance which, if recorded on 78s, could have fooled the average pianophile into thinking he or she was listening to one of the greats of the past.” (Woodstock Times).

In reviewing her Alice Tully Hall recital at Lincoln Center, the New York Times reported that she created “a truly magical atmosphere…and made this listener smile with pleasure.”  Following a recent performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, the critic Courtenay Cauble wrote: “Gayle Martin has it all.  The depth of feeling is always there…because she makes the music her own and then communicates it, as any real artist must learn to do.  Her performance was both brilliant and moving, and always beautiful.”

A theme running through some of ARCA’s late season programming features works that composers have written for the dance.  Ms. Henry has chosen selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suite and several works by Frederic Chopin for this occasion.  Additional offering will include the “Wanderer Fantasy” and the Impromptu by Franz Schubert.

Longfellow was astute in his observation.  At a post-concert reception at the Red Brick Gallery in Foxburg announcing the opening of a new exhibition featuring the Civil War paintings of Amy Lindenberger, take the hand of ARCA’s old friend Gayle Henry and see how good it does feel.

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Get ready to don your beret, wear some slick clothing and rejoin the Bebop and Beat Generation!

COOL JAZZ AND POETRY return to Lincoln Hall on Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 PM, led once again by poets Andy Johnson and Philip Terman with musical elaboration by some of the tastiest jazz musicians in the greater Pittsburgh region – Catro with Mark DeWalt  and Dave Kana and Blisstaken with the amazing Saxophonist, Terry Steele and Guitarist, Mike Wienand.

Orion Jenkins, Dave Kana, Mark DeWalt & Phil Terman

Orion Jenkins, Dave Kana, Mark DeWalt & Phil Terman

Each will offer their own poetry in their unique style of spoken word performance, with musical paraphrases expressively interjected by a group of jazz artists whose improvisations deftly lend themselves to images in the mind. Andy, retired Slippery Rock University poet, and Philip, of Clarion University are both published writers who deliver the written word with all the nuance appropriate to each poem offered. What a great way to spend a chilly November Sunday afternoon, decked out in your favorite comfy turtleneck.

Tickets: Adults $15, Students $8  To reserve tickets, please call 724-659-3153

Philip Terman, author of six books of poetry, reads his poetry while accompanied by members of the jazz ensemble Catro – Mark DeWalt on the Steinway, Dave Kana on saxophone, and Orion Jenkins on percussion.  Their collaboration brings musical texture to the Phil’s rich poetry.  Terman has read his poetry in many venues across the country. Phil shares the stage again with fellow poet Andy Johnson of Slippery Rock.

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Andy Johnson & Terry Steele

Poet Andy Johnson has been writing, publishing, and giving poetry readings in Michigan and western Pennsylvania for the last forty years. Andy is joined by other members of Blisstaken – Terry Steele, saxophonist, and Mike Wienand, guitar.

Andy regards the spontaneity of poetry/ jazz as something unique: “During the poetry/ jazz experience everyone including the poet, the musician, and the audience gets to participate in the creation of something which always manages to be new.” Andy will be accompanied by saxophonist Terry Steele. Terry is a retired Professor Emeritus from Slippery Rock University is now a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area where he is active playing musicals, backing entertainers, playing jazz venues and when needed is the performs saxophone with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Harkening Back to the Beat Generation

As members of the Beat generation began to embrace aspects of African-American culture during the 1950s, the art of jazz poetry shifted its focus from racial pride and individuality to spontaneity and freedom. In this case, both jazz poetry and jazz music were seen as powerful statements against the status quo.

Jack Kerouac would often have musical accompaniment for his poetry readings. His colleague, musician and composer David Amram, would often play the piano or bongos as Kerouac read. Amram later wrote of their work together:

“We never once rehearsed. We did listen intently to one another. Jazz is all about listening and sharing. I never drowned out one word of whatever Jack was reading or making up on the spot. When I did my spontaneous scatting […] he would play piano or bongos and he never drowned out or stepped on a word or interrupted a thought that I or anyone else had when they joined us in these late night-early morning get-togethers. We had mutual respect for one another, and anyone who joined us received the same respect. We almost never used a microphone. Most of the time, there weren’t any available!”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti had a similar collaboration with saxophone player Stan Getz. Beat poet Bob Kaufman was said by some to be the greatest jazz poet ever to have lived, with the exception of Langston Hughes. Kaufman paid homage to jazz in poems like “O Jazz O” and “Morning Joy.” His work is notable for its syncopated rhythms, surreal imagery, and a quality of alienation stemming from his own life as a drifter and a jailbird.

In the 1960s, Beat poet LeRoi Jones renamed himself Amiri Baraka and revived the idea of jazz poetry as a source of black pride. Baraka was a cultural nationalist who believed that “Black People are a race, a culture, a Nation”. Elements of jazz show up often in Baraka’s work, such as syncopation and repetition of phrases. Gil Scott-Heron, often seen as one of the founding fathers of rap music, also used many of the artistic devices of jazz poetry in his spoken-word albums of the 1970s and 1980s.

The use of jazz poetry at coffee houses and places of that sort has often been seen as a great tool to help people who are very busy lower their stress levels. The smooth sounds of the soft music and flowing words makes it a great way to relax; however, real jazz poets do not intend to relax listeners.

Find out what the buzz has been about…
Make the drive to hear poets live…
Dig the jazz….not razzmatazz…
Have a trip that makes you hip…

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Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra

Lawrence LohConductor
Lorna McGheeFlute

Experience an afternoon of inspiring music making by eighty of the most talented young musicians in the greater Pittsburgh Region – The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra – in its first performance in the Pennsylvania Wilds at the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium – conducted by Lawrence Loh with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute, Lorna McGhee.

The PYSO Concert Program

Appalachian Spring Suite                                                  Aaron Copland

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39                      Lowell Liebermann
Lorna McGhee, Flute Soloist

Molto Adagio

—  Intermission  —

Symphony No. 4 in F Minor                                              Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Andante Sostenuto
Andantino in modo di canzone
Scherzo; Pizzicato ostinato; Allegro
Finale: Allegro con fuoco



Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to present the eighty member Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a concert on Saturday, November 8 at 4:00 PM in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium. Bring your family – invite your neighbors – and accompany any young person who loves music and dreams of playing an instrument!   Experience an unforgettable and inspiring afternoon of exuberant music making by eighty of the most talented young musicians in the greater Pittsburgh Region in its first performance in the Pennsylvania Wilds, right here in the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra is one of the Pittsburgh’s cultural treasures, one of the oldest youth orchestras in the country and one of the most advanced.  Founded in 1945, it cultivates in its members discipline, fine musicianship and an overall appreciation for excellence.  PYSO members bring a sense of amazement and excitement about classical music to diverse audiences-young and old, novice and seasoned.

PYSO will offer AC Valley residents a wonderful varied program under the baton of Music Director, Lawrence Loh.  Opening the program will be Appalachian Spring Suite, written by the American composer Aaron Copland for the ballet Appalachian Spring, celebrating the 19th century building of a Pennsylvania farmhouse.  The ballet was commissioned by the famous American choreographer and dancer, Martha Graham.

Principal Flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Lorna McGhee, will display her consummate talents in a flute concerto by Lowell Liebermann. Ms. McGhee, originally from Scotland, has compiled an impressive list of international credentials due to her impeccable technique and musicianship.  The program will conclude with Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s rousing Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.

ARCA is grateful for a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts supporting the concert’s discounted family prices, to encourage attendance by the community and parents and students from the AC Valley Schools.

This rare opportunity is a must for young and old alike. Aspiring students can witness young performers at their best-whether or not they are seeking to choose music as a career.

Bring your entire family to an event that will showcase American youth at their best!


A component of ARCA’s mission is to provide educational and cultural experiences for students and children. We accomplish this by bringing performers to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley schools to conduct workshops during the academic day followed by a performance open to the public at very affordable prices in the evening.  ARCA also is committed to presenting inspiring family/community concerts at deeply discounted prices to encourage parents and students in the AC Valley Schools to attend.   We are grateful to the Board, Superintendent, Principals and Faculty of the school district for their vision in supporting cultural experiences that enhance the work of the Music Faculty and for providing a venue for students, their families and the public to enjoy performances they otherwise might not have a chance to attend.


DSF4847dThe PYSO is composed of talented young musicians from high-school to college ages who are selected by rigorous audition. Their talent pool draws aspiring performers from Pittsburgh, surrounding counties and from as far away as West Virginia and Ohio. By arrangement with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the conductor is always one of the Assistant Conductors of the PSO, in this instance, Lawrence Loh, PSO Resident Conductor.  Also, the members of PYSO are coached by members of the PSO.

Through their impressive performances, dedication and commitment they also serve as role models for aspiring younger musicians and students.  Through their demanding tours in the U.S. and internationally, they have become outstanding cultural ambassadors of the Pittsburgh region, Pennsylvania and the Untied States.


Many PYSO alumni have won positions in major symphony orchestras at home and abroad, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and our own Pittsburgh Symphony.  Other have gone on to very successful solo and chamber music careers, as well as important teaching positions at colleges, universities, public and private schools and private studios.  Those who do have not chosen careers in music will undoubtedly cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the arts and become the audience of the future.

Founded in 1945 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities and the finest orchestral training of young musicians in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, it is one of the finest youth orchestras in the country. These 90 players gather each week at Heinz Hall to rehearse from September through May.


Their concerts are held at prestigious locations such as Heinz Hall, Carnegie Music Hall and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and they perform outreach concerts in various venues. They are broadcast regularly on Pittsburgh’s WQED-FM, 89.3.Such is the reputation of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for excellence that they have won awards in national and international competitions and were selected as one of the top six youth orchestras in the United States to participate in the 2002 National Youth Orchestra Festival.

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Their last international tour took the group to the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia in 2014.  They performed in Italy at the Florence Youth Orchestra Festival in 2011 and in China in 2008. During a European Tour in 2005, PYSO was selected as the first American orchestra and the first youth orchestra to ever perform at the prestigious Smetana Festival in the Czech Republic.  Also during that trip, they were the first and only youth orchestra to perform at the renowned Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany.





Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is an engaging conductor of impressive range and talent. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Loh will become the first music director of Symphoria, based in Syracuse NY, founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

As Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh works closely with Music Director Manfred Honeck and conducts a wide range of concerts including classical, educational and pops. He is active in the PSO’s Community Engagement and Partnership Concerts, extending the PSO’s reach into other communities. He made his debut on the main classical series conducting Handel’s Messiah in December 2008. Loh led the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series where he played the part of host and conductor. In addition to his duties on the podium, he is an audience favorite in the PSO’s Concert Preludes lecture series, edits radio broadcasts, and makes many public appearances. His association with the PSO began as Assistant Conductor in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Conductor in 2006 and to Resident Conductor in 2007.

Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2009, Lawrence Loh leads this world-renowned youth orchestra in concerts at Heinz Hall and throughout the Pittsburgh community. Internationally, he led them on tour to central Europe in the summer of 2014 and Italy in 2011.

Lawrence Loh’s recent guest conducting engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Greater Bridgeport Symphony and return engagements with the Dallas and El Paso Symphonies. Other recent guest conducting appearances include the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee among others.  He has also led Korea’s Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Yale Philharmonia, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. His summer appearances include the festivals of Bravo Vail Valley, Breckenridge, Las Vegas and Hot Springs, the Kinhaven Music School (VT), the Performing Arts Institute (PA) and the Carnegie Mellon Summer Strings Camp.



Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Before emigrating to North America in 1998, McGhee was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK; Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia and Victoria Symphony in Canada; and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra in the United States. A career highlight was a performance of Penderecki’s flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer in 2004.

As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed throughout Europe and North America in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barge Music in New York, the Louvre, Paris and the Schubertsaal of Vienna’s Konzerthaus. McGhee is often featured in chamber music festivals in Canada, the United States and Australia. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio, NPR (USA), Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian. Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, McGhee has released two CDs on Skylark Music: Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp and Canada, New Works for flute and harp. As a member of Trio Verlaine (with Heidi Krutzen, harp and David Harding, viola) McGhee has most recently recorded Fin de Siècle, a CD of music by Debussy and Ravel for Skylark Music. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed six new commissions to date.

Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, McGhee has given master classes at universities and conservatoires in the UK, United States and Canada, including the Julliard School, the Royal Academy of Music and the Banff International Centre for the Arts. She is now an honorary “Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.”



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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of the Beatles on American soil–an event etched in the minds of those of us old enough to remember those crazed teenagers witnessing the Fab Four leave an airplane in New York City. To mark this anniversary, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA) will present a Beatles tribute performance on Saturday, November 1, in Emlenton’s Crawford Center at 7:00 PM.

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

This will prove to be an affordably priced family night of fun and if you’re of the proper age, you may have to explain to your children how this English band took America and then the world, by storm. Bring Your Dancing Shoes!! Dancing in front of the stage and in the aisles will be encouraged!

Reserve in advance calling 724 659-3153 for pre-sale prices: Adults $15, Students $8. At the door: Adults $20, Students $10

The Beatles Tribute Band concert has an interesting back story that highlights the good people that the Allegheny-Clarion Valley region is fortunate to have. At a time of the Blueprint Communities Initiative for the Emlenton, Foxburg and Parker, the re-paving of Ritchey Run and the re-opening of the Emlenton Hill road – the November 1 Beatles Tribute Concert brings together the contributions of many to benefit the arts in our community.

Emlenton residents are already familiar with Barry Louise, an unsung community leader who gets beneficial things done behind the scenes. Barry recognizes that ARCA, the cultural jewel of the region, affords residents the opportunity to take advantage of a wide variety of high quality musical and artistic presentations at family friendly prices without having to travel to the big cities.

“We are fortunate to have this arts organization do so much for our families and children and I wanted to do something to help them”, he says. “I placed a call to my friend Bill Zalewski, one of the Beatles Tribute band members, and he agreed that this would be a perfect event for the larger community and also agreed for the band to perform as a benefit for this arts organization that needs our support.”

The Beatles Tribute Band, from the greater Pittsburgh region, has been delighting audiences for over ten years. A while ago, they moved their commercial performances to a philanthropic, not-for-profit format and decided to perform benefit events for non-profit organizations that serve children in their communities.

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

For this event, Bill and the band are donating their services in support of ARCA and its educational initiatives in the region. Band member Bill Zalewski said: “We are pleased that our performance will help this fine organization and its programs of arts enrichment for children, the community and the region.”

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is grateful to Barry Louise and the Beatles Tribute Band for their generosity that will support ARCA’s partnership with the AC Valley Schools. Proceeds of this concert will support other family friendly concerts, including the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra at AC Valley High School Auditorium on November 15 at 4:00 PM and in the Spring, a residency of the Attack Theatre (dance) in the Jr. and Sr. High School on March 24.

Make your plans now to re-capture your youth or give your children a crash course on a group that altered the musical landscape of the world.

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Your 2014 Halloween can get an early start by attending Phantom Night III at Lincoln Hall on Saturday, October 25, 7:00 PM. This family-friendly Halloween community costume event receives a makeover this year. As an alternative to the typical horror film evening, we want you to enjoy the rib-cracking humor of some Charlie Chaplin silent films, accompanied by the affable Tom Roberts on piano, playing his own original scores to suit the action on the silver screen.

UnknownTom Roberts, Pianist and Arranger, will be at the Steinway performing his own music written to accompany three Charlie Chaplin movies:  The Rink, The Pawn Shop and The Kid Auto Race.  Become part of the festivities by dressing as Charlie Chaplin or in the Halloween costume of your choice. Of course, we are keeping the costume contest, with prizes being awarded in several categories. Don’t be bashful, audience members from 8 months to 80 years old arrive in all manner of home-made or store-bought outfits, congratulating or poking good-natured fun at each other.

By the way, Lincoln Hall will be easy to recognize–the building itself will not be in disguise! Dress up and join the fun while watching the work of one true genius and enjoying the piano performance of another.


Tom Roberts is one of the leading exponents of early jazz piano in the world today. He 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 Tom-1 - Version 2York 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.

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This fall Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is exploring musical dance forms from around the globe.

tango dancer copy - Version 2On Saturday, October 4, at 7:00 PM, the Pittsburgh Chamber Players return to Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall with some very flavorful selections of Tangos and Milongas from their Encore, Encore! CD.  Once you’ve found your footing with music from south of the equator, be ready to leap across the pond for the lively and spirited gypsy folk tunes in Hungarian and Slavonic Dances. The program concludes with the chamber music masterpiece Piano, Dvorak’s Quintet No. 2 in A major, with its melancholy Dumka second movement.

Continue the journey of ‘The Music That Makes Us Dance’ and join us in Foxburg on an Early Autumn weekend and discover for yourself what will move you.
The Pittsburgh Chamber Players is an acclaimed group of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians performing in mixed ensembles raging from two to eight artists.  Previous appearances on the stage of Lincoln Hall have made this group an audience favorite.  Their performances are noted for an eclectic mix of traditional repertoire along with rarely heard works and new compositions-a display of daring and intelligent programming presented with uncompromising artistry.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette states: “They appealed to the heart and the head, offering a warm, seductively luxurious sound and an impressive precision and unity of purpose”.

110410_pgh_symph_chamber_payers_049Mikhail ‘Misha’ Istomin, Pittsburgh Symphony Cellist and the group’s Artistic Director says: “Our concerts with favorite chamber music treasures, new musical flavors and stirring experiences will engage and involve you with both the music and musicians for intimate and informative performances, taking chamber music back to its roots as an evening among friends”.

Each member of this ensemble has an impressive list of credentials not only as performers, but also as educators, sharing their skills and love of music with students of all ages.  For this particular performance, the only artist not associated with the Pittsburgh Symphony is pianist, Eugene Sirotkine, a world-traveled soloist and former Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of New York’s Metropolitan Opera.“One piece of great art makes all people feel the same…another piece of great art makes people feel a variety of emotions, but one thing is constant: great art always makes people….feel!”- Misha.

Mikhail ‘Misha’ Istomin, born and educated in Russia, holds a Master of Music degree from thearca_pgh_symph_spring-15 - Version 2 St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has played with the State Hermitage Orchestra and the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra. In 1987, he became the cellist with the Leningrad Conservatory String Quartet which won the Grand Prize in the National Soviet Union Competition in 1989. Defecting to the United States, Misha first joined the Richmond Symphony where he also taught at Virginia State University and the University of Richmond. In 1991, he was appointed Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the following year Lorin Maazel appointed him as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Piano Trio.

Canadian violinist, Jennifer Orchard, has traveled the world performing as a chamber musician, soloist, and currently as a first violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony since 2001. Upon graduation from the Juilliard School, Jennifer was invited to join the world renowned Lark Quartet, recording many works and touring globally. In 2002, she began performing with the Pittsburgh Piano Trio. Ms. Orchard plays on an Andreas Guarnerius violin, dated circa 1676. In addition to all of her performing and teaching, Jennifer enjoys raising her three children with cellist Mikhail Istomin.

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Jeremy Black joined the Pittsburgh Symphony’s first violin section in 2002. At the age of 12, he was a soloist with the Chicago Symphony and applauded for his “musical fire” and “effortless technique” by the Chicago Tribune. Since 2005, Jeremy has enjoyed summers as the Concertmaster of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. He is an avid fan of chamber music and also performs recitals throughout the region. The instrument he currently plays was made by Lorenzo and Tommaso Carcassi in 1783. Mr. Black resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Kate and their children and he enjoys reading, racquetball and computers.

Marylène Gingras-Roy, a native of Quebec City, Canada, joined the Pittsburgh Symphony’s viola section in 1997 and was promoted to fourth chair in 2004. Her major teachers include Douglas McNabney, François Paradis, Karen Tuttle and Joseph DePasquale while studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She has participated in many festivals in Italy, Jerusalem and Germany. Marylène maintains a full teaching schedule at Duquesne University and in her private studio. She is the viola coach for the Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra.

Pianist and conductor, Eugene Sirotkine, has advanced degrees from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and the Mannes College of Music.  For nine years, he served as an Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master at New York’s Metropolitan Opera working with James Levine and many leading operatic singers. In 1994, he founded the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra. Recent engagements have taken him to Hong Kong, Argentina, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Washington, D.C and Cape Town, South Africa. He frequently performs with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

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At the conclusion of ARCA’s Educational ArtReach residency, The Music That Makes Us Dance, in the AC Valley Elementary School, on Thursday, September 25 “A Dance Concert for the Whole Family” in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium will present dances from around the world performed by  Susanne Ortner-Roberts, Clarinet & John Marcinizyn, guitar  and dancers Renee Smith, Jamie Murphy and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective

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Some of the most joyous, uplifting and effecting music ever written has been created for the dance.  The impulse to move and respond to rhythm is deeply imbedded in our cultural DNA.

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is utilizing the universal language of dance to engage students in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools in the wonder of music and the dance – an expression of the impulse of life – and involving their hearts, minds and bodies in learning through the arts.

ARCA is presenting an Educational ArtReach program in partnership with the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools called THE MUSIC THAT MAKES US DANCE, bringing musicians and dancers to AC Valley for students K-12 in workshops and assembly concerts  as part of a week long residency.

365568fa1852281bce1750fda6d46170 The residency culminates in a concert for the whole family on Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 PM in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Auditorium with  Susanne Ortner-Roberts, Clarinet & John Marcinizyn, guitar  – with Renee Smith, Jamie Murphy and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective

Susanne Ortner-Roberts, Clarinet & John Marcinizyn, guitar  – with Renee Smith, Jamie Murphy and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective as they perform Waltzes, Polkas and Tangos as well as their own eclectic blend of Gypsy Jazz, Latin, and Klezmer. You’ll be enchanted by the mesmerizing sounds of New Orleans, Paris, Odessa, Brazil, that will surely get yours toes tapping and heart singing.

This concert is popularly priced with discounts for families.  $15 for Adults, and Parents and Students $5 per person.

The week of Educational ArtReach focus on music and the dance will begin on Monday and Tuesday, September cropped LaurieZ!!22-23, when the Pittsburgh dance educator and early childhood educator, Laurie Tarter, will present two days of movement workshops in the AC Valley Elementary School.  Earlier in the day on September 25, Ortner-Roberts and Marcinizyn will present three small in-school workshops for every student K-6 and as well as assembly concerts for the Elementary and Junior and Senior High Schools.  All performances will feature dancers dancers Renee Danielle Smith and Joe Nickel from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective as part of ARCA’s Educational ArtReach program.  This program is made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Expressive clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Susanne Ortner-Roberts and 2012-12-09 18.49.26guitar virtuoso John Marcinzyn will perform an eclectic blend of Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Klezmer, and more. You’ll be enchanted by the mesmerizing sounds of New Orleans, Paris, Odessa, Brasil, and other places that will make your soul soar, and your feet move!

In addition to the four dances performed by the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective, during the evening concert the Ortner/Marcinizyn duo also will perform their arrangement of Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler/Django Reinhardt, where “The Joy Of Love” takes on its Gypsy Shoes: The great Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt was inspired by Kreisler’s tune to Jazz it up. In this arrangement the old merges into the new. Tico Tico (Zequinha de Abreu) the famous Choro tune, Tu Vuo Va L’Americano (Italian Gypsy Jazz) and beautiful tunes from the Great American Songbook, such as My Romance (Rodgers/Hart) will round out the program with a flourish and lots of heart.

IMG_3904 - Version 2Ortner and Marcinizyn will be joined by dancers from the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective.   Founded in 2011 by Pittsburgh dancers and choreographers, Murphy/Smith Dance Collective’s (MSDC) Renee Danielle Smith and Jamie Murphy engage their audiences through contemporary dance work inspired by the human experience. Through exploration of the expressive potential of the human body, MSDC creates work with passionate fervor, driven by athletic phrasing, accessible through gestural simplicity.  Pittsburgh dancer and choreographer Joe Nickel will be dancing with Renee Danielle Smith in MSDC’s Foxburg performances.

German clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts is internationally acclaimed both as a soloist and as a member of Unknown - Version 3the German Klezmer Quartet “Sing Your Soul“, the Ortner-Roberts Duo with pianist Tom Roberts, and Klez & Morim with the Bulgarian accordionist Vladimir Mollov. She also collaborates with US jazz musicians such as guitarist John Marcinizyn (Pittsburgh), guitarist Mark Strickland (Pittsburgh), trumpeter Charlie Caranicas (NYC), drummer Tom Elrick, drummer Roger Humphries (Pittsburgh), as well as multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano (NYC).

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. Following an invitation by the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, she has been accompanying Pittsburgh area Holocaust Survivors at schools and Universities creating the musical framework for their stories.

Media reviews of Susanne’s playing capture her versatility and consummate artistry: “Susanne Ortner […] enchanted with her almost unbelievable witchcraft on the clarinet“ Aichacher Nachrichten

“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.

Unknown-1Pittsburgh based guitarist, composer, banjoist John Marcinizyn performs frequently as a soloist, with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar 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.

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