Seasons Archives: Spring 2014

Oil Portraits of Historic Pittsburgh – Fritz Keck

Oil Portraits of Historic Pittsburgh by Fritz Keck
April 25 – May 18, 2014
Exhibit Opening:  Sunday, April 27  3:00 – 5:00 PM

The Red Brick Gallery and Shop in Foxburg, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA) artist cooperative reopened its 2014 season on Friday April 25th with an exhibit of“Oil Portraits of Historic Pittsburgh”, displaying the captivating work of Fritz Keck.

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An Opening reception was held on Sunday, April 27th, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM providing an opportunity to meet and visit with Fritz Keck.  The reception coincided with ARCA’s afternoon concert at Lincoln Hall presenting the up and coming piano virtuoso Alvin Zhu.

Fritz Keck is a Pittsburgh painter who has gained recognition by creating original oil paintings of old historic Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania.  Fritz Keck has returned to his home town of Pittsburgh after many journeys and various career choices to pursue his dream of painting full time.


Growing up in Edgewood and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Keck is now focusing his subject matter on early Pittsburgh history. Using old photos as reference, Fritz brings these images to life in original oil paintings, allowing his palate to reflect the diversity and uniqueness of the Pittsburgh Region. With practiced brushstrokes, Fritz’s paintings reveal the vintage character of this distinctive history.


The Red Brick is located at 17 Main Street in “downtown” Foxburg and is open on week ends, with new extended hours beginning Friday April 25th till the end of the year:  Friday Noon to 8 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

Two Voices in Fiber: Rhoda Taylor & Barbara Frohne

Rhoda Taylor & Barbara Frohne Exhibit – “Two Voices in Fiber”
May 23 – June 15, 2014
Exhibit Opening, Saturday, May 24,2014    3:30 – 5:30 PM

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“TWO VOICES IN FIBER” EXHIBIT was presented by The Red Brick Gallery and Shop, From Friday, May 23 to June 15 with an opening reception, Saturday, May 24 – 3:30 to 5:30 PM

“Two Voices in Fiber” featured the colorful and exquisitely intricate works of Rhoda Taylor and Barbara Frohne beginning Friday May 23rd with an Opening Reception Saturday May 24th from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.  Ms. Taylor and Ms. Frohne are dear friends. Both are Western Pennsylvania artists, both retired educators, both now reside in Slippery Rock, PA and are bonded by art of the hand and eye, Barbara the quilter and Rhoda the fiber artist.

Rhoda Taylor is a Red Brick artist member who works mainly with fabrics.  She has drawn, painted, sewed fabric, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, and done some form of art as long as she can remember.   Following retirement as a university professor of biology she took quilting classes, fell in love with commercially available fabrics, and felt compelled to make fabric wall hangings.



Rhoda joined the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh and began taking a number of workshops from nationally known artists through the Guild, and other sources in which she learned a variety of techniques. As a biologist, she is fascinated by the patterns and colors which occur in nature and produces patterns on fabric by hand dying, bleach discharging, and rust-printing.

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It is exciting to her to iron the damp dyed, discharged or rust-printed fabrics and see wonderful marks and patterns develop almost serendipitously!  She  then “paints” with these patterned fabrics, assembling and stitching them with commercial fabrics, including coffee filters, into works of art.

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Happy is She – Rhoda Taylor

Rhoda’s work has been juried into more than 35 art exhibitions. She has solo exhibits in Maryland, including one later this year. She shows and sells her work at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, as well as the Red Brick and two galleries in North Carolina. She belongs to the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA).

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Sweet Black & Tan – Rhoda Taylor

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Barbara Frohne while teaching at high schools in Venango County became interested in quilting which continued as her life long pursuit and now her passion since retirement. Her beautiful and colorful patterns accent both the traditional quilt and what are now termed “Wall Hanging Art Quilts”. She enthusiastically shares her skill and the Art of Quilting through teaching at Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) which holds classes at Slippery Rock University. This is her first major show with Rhoda Taylor and she is enthused to be sharing the space with a fellow fiber artist who also a friend.

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Geometry is Fun – Barbara Frohne

2014 extended Gallery hours are Friday Noon to 8 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

Alvin Zhu, Pianist

Image 3The brilliant artistry of young pianist, Alvin Zhu promises to delight the Lincoln Hall audience Sunday, April 27 at 2 PM.  Having just performed a recital at New York’s Lincoln Center, Alvin Zhu will bring his big romantic style to works by Chopin, Grieg, Beethoven and Schumann. This  22 year-old award-winning and world-traveled multi-talented pianist and composer, will perform an eclectic recital program that has mesmerized audiences everywhere.


Young Steinway Artist Pianist, ALVIN ZHU, will perform on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 PM at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg – with a reception in The Red Brick immediately following the concert, accompanying the exhibit of artist Fritz Keck, “Oil Portraits of Historic Pittsburgh”.  After the concert, concert goers will meet the artist, Alvin Zhu, at a reception in the Red Brick Gallery and Shop located at 17 Main Street in Foxburg, as they view the first Red Brick Gallery exhibit of the 2014 season, “Oil Paintings of Historic Pittsburgh”, featuring Pittsburgh artist, Fritz Keck.  

Alvin Zhu has won numerous awards and competitions, been a featured artist on NPR and been heard world wide in recital and as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Canada and China.  His list of teachers and mentors is a who’s who of the piano world.  Watch him on youtube as he plays Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 Op. 36, 1st Movement.

Born from a musical family, Alvin Zhu is continuing his grandfather Gongyi Zhu’s genetic legacy as a great performing pianist. In the short time since he was inducted as the first American pianinst to the Young Steinway Artists Roster in 2009, his talent and maturity have further blossomed. He has performed internationally to consistent acclaim while he continues the 5 year Accelerated BM/MM program at the Juilliard School, which only admits the strongest students both academically and musically.

Alvin has swept audiences around the world from New York’s Steinway Hall and Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall to Australia’s Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Park’s Performing Arts Center, Pittsburgh’s Convention Center, Canada’s Montreal Palais du Congress (Convention Center), China’s Beijing Concert Hall, venues in Beijing, Shanghai, Taicang, Suzhou and cities in Europe.

A current student of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School, Alvin is a musician and a sensitive artist. As a child, he began lessons with his mother at the age of four and studied piano with Yeeha Chiu of Pittsburgh and Marylene Dosse. Alvin has had master classes with Gary Graffman, Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang, Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Malcolm Bilson, Misha Dichter, Shikun Liu, and David Allen Wehr.

Tickets for Alvin Zhu on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 PM  are Adults $25, ARCA Members $20, Students $10.    


Chatham Baroque

Celebrate J. S. Bach’s Birthday at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA as internationally acclaimed early music ensemble – Chatham Baroque performs ’The Intimate Bach’ on Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 PM at Lincoln Hall, featuring some of the most beloved music by Johann Sebastion Bach and contemporaries, featured on their new CD of the same name.  Plan to Meet the Artists after the concert and enjoy a BACH BIRTHDAY PARTY reception with cake, coffee and tea in Lincoln Hall.  

lailaarchuleta.comThe intimacy of ARCA’s Lincoln Hall in Foxburg provides an ideal environment to experience the magical web of sound that Chatham Baroque weaves with their consummate artistry and world class music making. Listen to Antonio Bertali: Prothimia Suavissima Bk. II – Sonata 4 from their ‘Bach and Beyond’ compact disc – Chatham Baroque’s tenth CD.

Highlights of the The Intimate Bach program, featuring works from their recent CD release of the same name, focus on the intimate works of the baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, and include the magnificent Chaconne for unaccompanied violin, a solo suite for the German lute, duets from The Art of the Fugue, and Bach’s Sonata for violin and continuo in G Major.  Also on the program will be glorious works by contemporaries Dietrich Buxtehude and Heinrich Ignaz Biber.

The ensemble offers audiences the opportunity to hear baroque music that is accessible and thrillingly vivid, with a freshness akin to improvisational jazz.  “One of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chatham Baroque continues to excite local, national, and international audiences with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of seventeenth and eighteenth-century music played on instruments of the period.

This well travelled ensemble, Chatham Baroque, has toured across the United States as images-1well as in South America and Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. On the road, the ensemble consistently receives high praise. The Washington Post calls them “musically impeccable”; the Chicago Tribune“a splendid period-instruments ensemble”; and the New York Times praises their “colorful virtuosity.”

During the Lincoln Hall concert, the personable, warm and articulate Chatham Baroque members will serve as living program notes, providing the audience with insights into the music they will be performing on their unique period instruments.   Chatham Baroque is comprised of Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo & archlute).  Enjoy this video in which Scott Pauley demonstrates the theorbo while Chatham Baroque is preparing for one of their celebrated Christmas concerts.

Ticket Prices are $25, $20 for Members and $10 for Students.  To Reserve Tickets, please call 724 659-3153.

ARCA’s 2014 spring season will open with a concert by the Irish Band CARNIVAL OF SOULS on Friday, On Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg.  Leprechaun magic will abound as the highland bagpipes sound the call for the Irish  – and those hopefuls who wish they were Irish – to tap their toes and kick up their heels to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Foxburg!  To raise your musical spirits,  join us in Foxburg for this joyous family concert, as we charm the Leprechauns out to bless the audience at the beginning a weekend celebrating all things Irish.


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Returning by popular demand after last year’s rousing and spirited St. Patrick’s Day concert, the local based Irish BandCarnival of Souls, will be led by Brian and Kelly Lowry – featuring highland pipes, bodhrán drum, 12 string and bass guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, and keyboard along with high spirited vocals. The band includes five talented members of the Lowry family.

The band members are:

Roy Abbott – flute

Daryl Hartman – vocals, 12-string guitar, mandolin

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

Kelly Lowry – vocals, percussion

Jonathan Shegog – Highland pipes, small pipes

Caitlin Lowry – vocals, bodhran, keyboard

Benjamin Lowry – bass, six-string guitar, vocals

Joshua Lowry – fiddle, mandolin, banjo, vocals

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

CARNIVAL OF SOULS has been performing traditional and original Celtic music in Western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and West Virginia for nearly twenty years. The group uses a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional instruments to produce a rich range of music that would be at home in a pub in Dublin or a coffee shop in Shadyside. Their first CD, “No Scone Unburned” was released in 1999 and has been acclaimed by Dirty Linen, the international magazine of folk music, and is in the Irish music archives in Dublin. They can be heard at a variety of venues in the tri-state area.

Ticket Prices are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.  To Reserve Tickets, please call 724 659-3153.



Cabaret Evening: Dane Vannatter and Friends

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts will welcome the return of an audience favorite and friend, Dane Vannatter, nationally acclaimed vocalist and recording artist, on Saturday evening May 17, 7:00 PM at Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall. Lincoln Hall will be aglow with nightclub cabaret-style seating and candlelight, a perfect setting for a relaxing night out. Wine and cheese will be served.

Last year, Dane left the audience begging for more of his unique vocal artistry and sensitive interpretations of the classic American songbook. Once again, an outstanding trio of jazz artists will provide the background over which Dane will display his vocal palette of colors.

Dane 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 is a Nightlife Award finalist. Carole Sloan with Concord Records proclaims Dane as “my favorite among the young male singers”.

He has performed for several years at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in New York City. 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. This 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 trio providing the background for 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 magic in the intimacy of a Lincoln Hall transformed with cabaret-style seating will be Daniel May (piano), Tony DePaolis (bass) and for the first time in Foxburg, sax superstar Mike Tomaro.

Enjoy a romantic great night out of smooth sounds in a candlelit night club style setting, with wine and cheese served. This is an adults only performance with limited seating, so be sure to reserve your tickets early!

Adults: $25, ARCA Members $20
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The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra, led by renowned stride pianist, Tom Roberts, makes its first appearance at Lincoln Hall on Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM.  Tom Roberts is originally from Pittsburgh and recognized as one of the leading authorities on ragtime, stride and early jazz piano in the world. He is one of the most influential and accomplished pianists of our time.  Lift your spirits, feel the “ragged” rhythms of Ragtime and leave Lincoln Hall with a spring in your step by attending this first-of-a-kind event that has received rave reviews everywhere it has been performed.

Formed in 2013, the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra takes its name from Allegheny City, known today as Pittsburgh’s North Side. The orchestra is dedicated to restoring the lost history of the ragtime era in Pittsburgh. The ensemble will perform recently rediscovered compositions by Pittsburgh composers from the turn of the 20th century. These works have not been heard in almost 100 years. In addition, the ACRO will perform Latin American-inspired pieces by composers from Harlem’s Clef Club, an African-American musical organization formed by James Reese Europe in the 1910s. The concert will also feature compositions by composers from Latin American countries who were inspired by American Ragtime music.

Resilient is one word often used to describe the spirit of our nation and its citizens.  One can easily reflect back upon the many tragedies this nation has endured and marvel at what ‘will’ and ‘true grit’ can overcome.  “The First Shot” is a common theme, whether it happened at Lexington, Fort Sumter, Pearl Harbor or New York City on 9/11.

American challenges also have come in the form of economic crashes, panics and depressions.

In times of crisis, one of ways the spirit of the nation has been lifted is through music. Often, a uniquely American form of music has arisen at these times to get people excited about their cause, lift their spirits and simply help them forget about the worries of the day.  In other words, it created a passion, sometimes described as a “craze that swept the land.”  In the same fashion that America exported goods around the world, some of these musical forms swept the globe.  Think jazz, think big bands and in case you were not aware—think Ragtime!  Yes, Ragtime, that bouncy, toe-tapping, American syncopated music and dance form that crossed oceans was an earlier musical version of “Don’t worry, be happy!”

Back in 1893, our country suffered a “bust” or depression brought on by overbuilding and the shaky financing of railroads.  It lasted a few years, much like what we are experiencing today after the market crash of 2008.  Music, specifically Ragtime, took America by storm.  Its main characteristic trait is a “ragged” rhythm.  Before being published as popular sheet music for piano, it began as dance music in the red-light districts of African-American communities in St. Louis and New Orleans.  We readily think of Scott Joplin and his popular hits like the Maple Leaf Rag, but it is Ernest Hogan, a key pioneer in developing the genre, who is credited with coining the term Ragtime.   Ragtime was also a modification of the march made popular by John Philip Sousa, incorporating additional polyrhythms coming from African music.  In our time, the motion picture The Sting brought ragtime to a wide audience with its soundtrack of Joplin tunes.

More surprising may be that Western Pennsylvania has produced notable composers and performers of this style! Tom Roberts, originally from Pittsburgh and recognized as one of the leading authorities on ragtime, stride and early jazz piano in the world, has discovered ragtime compositions by Pittsburgh composers from the turn of the twentieth century… works that have not been heard in almost 100 years.  Our great fortune is that Tom Roberts, one of the most influential and accomplished pianists of our time, will be bringing the nine-piece Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra (ACRO) to Lincoln Hall in Foxburg on Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM to charm and uplift our spirits with this infectiously joyous music.

Formed in 2013 under the direction of renowned pianist and historian, Tom Roberts, the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra (ACRO) takes its name from Allegheny City, now known as Pittsburgh’s North Side.  Allegheny City was the beautiful burgh that was home to Stephen Foster, Andrew Carnegie, and Gertrude Stein; it was later seized by Pittsburgh in 1907.  The nine piece ensemble is comprised of symphonic musicians from the Pittsburgh area who are dedicated to restoring the lost history of the ragtime era in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchesrtra will perform recently rediscovered compositions by Pittsburgh composers from the turn of the 20th century. The concert also will feature compositions by composers from Latin American countries who were inspired by American Ragtime music.

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 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.

Tickets to the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra on Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM are $25, Members $20 and Students $10.  To reserve tickets, call 724 659-3153.

Lift your spirits, feel those “ragged” rhythms and leave Lincoln Hall with a spring in your step by attending this first-of-a-kind event that has received rave reviews everywhere it has been performed.  What could be more American Apple Pie than that!?


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