Seasons Archives: Summer 2014

Buds, Bugs & Country Gardens

Watercolor Paintings by

Donna Edmonds and Angela Hardwick

Friday, August 15th through Sunday, September 14th

White Elephant

The Allegheny and Clarion River valleys continue to be lush and green from the abundant summer rains. Summer gardens are a bloom with multiple colors and sounds. Foxburg along the beautiful Allegheny River is a great place to pause between garden moments of work and pleasure. While enjoying a summer respite about town be sure to visit the Red Brick Gallery on Main Street.

The summer season is in full swing as the Red Brick presents a captivating exhibit of beautifully detailed watercolors by botanical painter Donna Edmonds and painter Angela Hardwick in the Upstairs Gallery from Friday, August 15th through Sunday, September 14th.

royal luna moth

Donna Edmonds is a botanical artist who works exclusively in watercolor and focuses primarily on Pennsylvania native plants and insects for her subject matter. Botanical art requires special attention to detail in order to render the subject as correctly and precisely as possible. As a life-long gardener and nature lover, it has been a natural transition to botanical art and pollinating insects.

Blood Root

Yellow Trout Lily

Donna’s interest in native Pennsylvania plants is inspired by the many area wildflowers. Included in the current exhibit are such plants as the Bloodroot, Trout Lily (seen above), Blue Flag Iris and many others – all found in the local area and painted from real life specimens. Each painting is accompanied by a description of the plant or insect and its habitat.

Blue Flag Iris

Donna has studied Botanical Art and Illustration at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Her work has been exhibited at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland as well as the Phipps Garden Center in Shadyside and other Pittsburgh venues. As a Phipps instructor, Donna teaches Color Theory for watercolor applications as part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program. She is a member of the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society and The American Society of Botanical Artists. Donna currently resides with her husband in Parker, PA. She is actively involved in the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and its Artists Co-operative the Red Brick Gallery located in Foxburg, PA.

Angela Hardwick has traveled and painted garden scenes throughout her native British Isle and United Kingdom as well as Europe. Her works will include a variety from Scotland to Devon, Holland and Provence, France and moments in Chautauqua New York along with Feline friends plus a singular Hibiscus.

Angled building in light

Frick summer

Born in London, England, Angela was exposed to all the arts at an early age and was particularly drawn to music and painting.  Eventually, a career in the music business with HarrisonParrott artist management in London found her managing international conductors and much of her free time was taken up singing and touring with the LSO Chorus. Angela’s work as Assistant to the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Music Director, Andre Previn, brought her to Western Pennsylvania, where she met her husband, Charles, a violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Frick Greenhouse

The Maple Inn #32

Hat & violet

After retiring from the PSO’s management, Angela at last has had the time to indulge her love of painting (self-taught), along with her other passions, gardening and cooking.  Angela has produced a watercolor series including the four seasons of the Frick Cafe and the Frick Greenhouse, which have been on sale in the Frick Museum Gift Shop.  She enjoys commissions to do watercolor paintings of people’s houses and estates.  Much of Angela’s artwork is inspired by regular trips to Europe with her husband.  They live with their three amazing cats in Wexford.

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All are invited for the Opening Reception on Sunday, August 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM   Meet and visit with Red Brick Artists Donna and Angela.

White Elephant

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 “downtown” 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 call 724-659-0003. There are special Thursday hours 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM through the remainder of August and the first two weeks of September.


Heavenly Strains of Genetic Harps

Gretchen Van HoesenHarp
Heidi Van Hoesen GortonHarp
James GortonOboe
Rodrigo OjedaPiano
Rodrigo Ojeda, Gretchen Van Hoesen, Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, James Gorton

Rodrigo Ojeda, Gretchen Van Hoesen, Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, James Gorton

Experience A Mid-Summer Afternoon of Music showcasing the artistry of world class musicians:  “Heavenly Strains of Genetic Harps”, Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 PM in Foxburg’s air conditioned Lincoln Hall featuring Pittsburgh Symphony Musicians, Principal Harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen and former Co-Principal Oboe, James Gorton – husband and wife – and their daughter Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, Principal Harpist with the Toronto Symphony, with PSO pianist Rodrigo Ojeda.

“Heavenly Strains of Genetic Harps” Program

Gretchen Van Hoesen & Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, harps
James Gorton, oboe     Rodrigo Ojeda, piano


Duettino No. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760 – 1812)

Rondo – Allegro non Presto

Mischief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Curcio (b. 1938)

Gretchen Van Hoesen & Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton

Dr. Gradus Ad Parnassum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
arr. G. Van Hoesen

Gretchen Van Hoesen

Clair de Lune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
arr. J. Escosa

Gretchen Van Hoesen & Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton

Three Pieces for Solo Harp (World Premiere) . . . Michael Gandolfi (b.1956)

Liquid Metal
Reflection (Chorale)
Fantasy (Gigue)

Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton

Trois Préludes on Irish Airs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)

The Little Red Lark
My Love’s An Arbutus
The Willow Tree

Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton & Gretchen Van Hoesen


Spanish Dance No. 1, La Vida Breve . . . . . .Manuel De Falla (1876 – 1946), arr. P. Masri-Fletcher

Gretchen Van Hoesen & Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton


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Mistral for Oboe and Harp (World Premiere) . . . . David Stock (b. 1939)

James Gorton & Gretchen Van Hoesen


Concert Piece, Op. 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Eugene Goossens (1893-1962)
for Oboe/English Horn, Two Harps and Piano

Perpetuum mobile e burlesca

Gretchen Van Hoesen     Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton     James Gorton     Rodrigo Ojeda




James Gorton, Rodrigo Ojeda, Gretchen Van Hoesen, Heidi Van Hoesen

Last July, 2013, a sold-out audience at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA enjoyed a Midsummer Spectacular Chamber Music Concert featuring stirring performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster, Principal Cello and Principal Harp, Gretchen Van Hoesen.  On Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 PM, in the air-conditioned Lincoln Hall, Gretchen Van Hoesen returns to offer the audience a refreshing afternoon of divine music making featuring two harps, oboe and piano – “Heavenly Strains of Genetic Harps” AND it’s all “in the family”.

This performance showcases the amazing talent of her family in chamber music from the past to the present, including world premieres by Michael Gandolfi and Pittsburgh composer David Stock. Gretchen is married to James Gorton, retired Co-Principal oboist of the Pittsburgh Symphony and their daughter Heidi is the Principal Harpist of the Toronto Symphony and an award winning harp soloist in her own right. Rodrigo Ojeda, Pittsburgh Symphony pianist and Carnegie-Mellon university faculty member, will contribute his considerable talents to this performance.

The eclectic program will feature new arrangements for classic harp and harp duo music by Debussy, Hahn, DeFalla and Dussek and two world premieres in ARCA’s very own Lincoln Hall, including David Stock’s Mistral for Oboe and Harp and Michael Gandolfi’s Three Pieces for Solo Harp.  The program closes with a performance of “Concert Piece” for two harps and oboe/English horn by Eugene Goossens – with the promise of a glittery surprise for the audience!

Heidi & Gretchen

Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, Gretchen Van Hoesen

As one audience member, who heard Gretchen Van Hoesen last year, said in anticipation of the concert featuring two harpists, “This promises to be a preview of heaven”… and all in the scenic beauty of the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley and Foxburg!  Join us for a mid-summer afternoon of sublime music making by world class musicians that is sure to delight and uplift.

A Meet the Artists in a reception will follow the concert with the opening of the Photo and Sculpture exhibit featuring works by Debra Pilchard Pruskowski and Bill Smith in the Red Brick Gallery and Shop.  The exhibit is running from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, August 10.

Tickets – Adults-$25  Members-$20  Students-$10




Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1977 and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on subscription concerts and on tour under conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Zdnek Macal, Sergiu Comissiona, Pinchas Zukerman and Manfred Honeck. She has been active in the performance of new music, giving the New York and Pittsburgh premieres of Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawski’s Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra with her husband, former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Co-Principal Oboist James Gorton, the United States premiere of Suite Concertante for Solo Harp and Orchestra by Manuel Moreno-Buendia in San Antonio, Texas, the North American premiere of Concert Piece, Op. 65 for Oboe/English Horn, Two Harps and Orchestra by Eugene Goossens, and the world premiere of Sir André Previn’s Concerto for Harp.

Gretchen Van Hoesen has concertized all over the world and was selected to perform in the Super World Orchestra in Japan, an ensemble made up of key musicians from around the globe. She has been a featured soloist at American Harp Society National Conferences in Boston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Denton, Washington, D.C. and Fredonia, and served as a judge for National Competitions of the American Harp Society and as President of the organization’s Pittsburgh Chapter.

Gretchen Van Hoesen graduated from the Juilliard School, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in harp as a scholarship student of Marcel Grandjany and Susann McDonald. She is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department with highest honors in piano and harp, where she was a student of Eileen Malone. She studied further with Gloria Agostini.

Her recordings include Lullabies and Night Songs on the Caedmon label, Pavanes, Pastorales, and Serenades for Oboe and Harp, and Concertos for Harp and Orchestra, both on Boston Records, and Breath of Heaven, A Christmas Collection with soprano Sarah Botkin. Trio Pittsburgh, a CD with violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley and ‘cellist Anne Martindale Williams will be released this spring.

Ms. Van Hoesen is a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities and also maintains a private teaching studio at her home in Pittsburgh.

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Recently hailed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as a performer who plays “with a flair that we are coming to know well,” harpist Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton has been described as one of the most outstanding solo, chamber and orchestral musicians of her generation. She has been presented in solo recitals everywhere from New York to Los Angeles, Vancouver to Vienna. She is currently Principal Harp with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra with maestros Manfred Honeck, Andrew Davis, Marek Janowski, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Gianandrea Noseda and James Levine. Ms. Van Hoesen earned two degrees in harp performance from The Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of Nancy Allen, and has also studied with Gretchen Van Hoesen, Anne Marguerite-Michaud and Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche.

Heidi was awarded first place in the Young Professional Division of the American Harp Society (AHS) National Competition in June of 2009. She has been a winner of the Anne Adams Awards (2010) held in Tacoma, as well as the Victor Salvi Awards (2008) held in Chicago. In 2004, she was winner of the Lennox Young Artist Competition playing Gliere’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra and the 2005 Juilliard School concerto competition in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. In 2004 she was the First Prize winner of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Solo Competition. She was invited back to ASTA to be a guest lecturer and master class clinician at the 2012 National Conference in Atlanta, GA. She has been featured twice as a soloist on ‘From the Top’ on NPR.



James Gorton, retired Co-Principal Oboist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, joined the orchestra in 1971. He was formerly a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Principal Oboe of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Principal Oboe and soloist with the Colorado Philharmonic and New Hampshire Music Festival, and oboist and English hornist of the Bethlehem (PA) Bach Festival, Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony and Strings Music Festival (CO).

As a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mr. Gorton gave the North American Premiere of Concert Piece, Op. 65 for Oboe/English horn, Two Harps and Orchestra by Eugene Goossens and the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawki’s Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra. He also gave the Pittsburgh premiere of Antal Dorati’s Five Pieces for Solo Oboe. and the Rochester premiere of L’Horloge de flore (The Flower Clock) for Oboe and Orchestra by Jean Françaix with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra. He is a former faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University and a current faculty member of Duquesne University.



Venezuelan born pianist Rodrigo Ojeda began his piano studies at the age of ten. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance at the IUDEM (Institute of Musical Studies) in 1997 under Arnaldo Pizzolante. In 1999 he went on to complete his graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University with Enrique Graf where he also remained to complete his Artist Diploma certificate.

Mr. Ojeda has performed on master classes with such notable pianists as Kasimierz Giesrod ( former rector of the Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw ), Marek Joblonsky, Georgy Sandor, Marta Gulyas, and Earl Wild. His solo recitals include performances throughout Venezuela, Ecuador and most recently in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed concerti from an expansive repertoire of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Grieg, Schumann, Mozart, Lizt (Totentanz), Cesar Frank and Prokofiev.

Currently Mr. Ojeda is an Artist Lecturer in Piano in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a piano faculty member in its Music Preparatory School. He has also been playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony since October 2006. His wife, Giuseppina, and son, Sebastian, reside with him in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Photography & Sculpture Exhibit

Midsummer Exhibit of Photography & Sculpture
Featuring Works by Debra Pilchard Pruskowski and Bill Smith

Friday, July 18th through Sunday, August 10th

The Red Brick Gallery will present a captivating Exhibit of Photographic and Sculptured works by photographer Debra Pilchard Pruskowski and painter and sculptor Bill Smith in the Upstairs Gallery from Friday, July 18th through Sunday, August 10th.

The Opening Reception on Sunday, July 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM will welcome guests after the ARCA chamber music concert “A Midsummer Spectacular:  Heavenly Strains of Genetic Harps” at 2:00 PM in air conditioned Lincoln Hall, featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Harp, Gretchen Van Hoesen and her husband, PSO Former Co-Principal Oboe, James Gorton, and their daughter Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, Principal Harpist in the Toronto Symphony.   Ms. Pruskowski and Mr. Smith as well as the musicians will be present at the reception to meet and engage with the public.

Dreams – Debra Pilchard Pruskowski

Debra Pilchard Pruskowski, a Pittsburgh native, is a freelance artist whose creative work has evolved around photography, paintings and digital creations. She received formal training at Edinboro University in northwest Pennsylvania.  Because of her passion for learning and experimenting, Debra has explored various art forms through numerous workshops conducted by top artists from around the country. Currently she is avidly continuing her photography studies at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Debra’s engaging work of photography and paintings have been in a number of group shows, achieving, Best of Show, Second and Third places, and Honorable Mentions. She is delighted to have her work displayed at the Red Brick. Examples of Debra’s art can be found at and also as limited editions at

Bill’s Bull – Bill Smith


By Bill Smith

Bill Smith resides in Slippery Rock and has had works exhibited in shows in Oregon and Pennsylvania, most recently he was the Local Featured Artist in the 2013 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival at Slippery Rock University. A self-learning artist, Bill uses discarded wood from construction projects to create the frames for his canvases and other discarded materials for his sculptures. The main focus of his art is looking at the mind and its relationship to experience, art and beauty. Bill is deeply interested in how the mind perceives art, especially abstract pieces. He contends when the mind is faced with something it cannot explain on the conceptual level, the mind is more often more comfortable with an untruth than an empty space. It is just this thought that motivates and inspires him to continue to experiment with different mediums, and, as well, explore preferences, judgments and tastes. In a larger sense he feels these very things are cultural bonds holding societies together or could also be part of the dynamic divisive forces that threaten to tear them apart. The Red Brick is pleased to provide him space to challenge our perceptions and conceptual space.

“Natives on the Rooftop” Exhibit

In a collaboration between Phipps Conservatory’s Botanical Art and Illustration Program and the Allegheny Highland Botanical Art Society, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA) presents its third guest art exhibition of the year, “Natives on the Rooftop”, an exhibit of the Phipp’s annual Flora Project, in the Upstairs Gallery from Friday June 20 through Sunday July 13th.

 “Natives on the Rooftop”  features native plants that grow on the rooftop of Phipps Conservatory’s newest building in Pittsburgh’s Oakland district – the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. The Exhibit presents botanical works that highlight the native plants that not only are beautiful in the landscape, but also that have been used by humans for food, craft, or medicine.

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The Fiddlehead Fern by Red Brick Gallery’s own Donna Edmonds was used to promote the exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park in April, 2014.

Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern – watercolor
Donna Edmonds

The Ostrich Fern is so named because the sterile green fronds resemble an ostrich plume. They grow in a vase-like configuration in moist, shady forest locations. The small, tightly wound new shoots known as fiddleheads that pop up for a very short time each spring are edible. The fiddleheads have a taste somewhere between a nutty asparagus and broccoli and are a highly prized, regional delicacy.

Donna Edmonds and companion artists from the Highland Society including Foxburg’s friend, Bill Paxton, will exhibit water colors and colored pencil botancial art works capturing diverse plants including the Flowering Raspberry, Virginia Bluebells, Spiderwort, Dense Blazing Star, Red Chokeberry, Foam Flower, and Nodding Onion.


Tiarella cordifolia ‘Brandywine’, Foam Flower   –  watercolor
Donna Edmonds

The foam flower has a high tannin content, making it a natural astringent. The leaves and roots have been used by Native Americans for a range of medical purposes, including a mouthwash for mouth sores, an antacid, and a poultice for wounds.

Whether one is a gardener, wild flower enthusiast or just one who appreciates exquisite detail and eye catching color, visiting the show is a great way to spend a quiet and enthralling summer moment. The Red Brick’s Upstairs Gallery is air conditioned for those humid summer afternoons.




It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!  With that catchy phrase, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA) will present the internationally acclaimed River City Brass – America’s favorite Brass Band – at its first concert in Emlenton at the Crawford Center on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 PM.

Conductor James Gourlay, acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest brass band conductors, will lead the 28-piece ensemble with a program entitled “Big Band Brass,” sure to please any audience.  Their concert will feature hits made famous by the ‘Rat Pack’ – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – as well as the beloved big band sounds of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and many more.

To add to your appetite for this debut event, discounted ticket prices are available for a limited number of seats from May 1 to May 31.

Founded in 1981 by the late Robert Bernat (Conductor and Music Director 1981-1994), the RCB was the first professional concert band to be established in the United States in over 25 years.  Today, the River City Brass performs a 56-concert series in Western Pennsylvania.  In addition, the 28-piece ensemble tours extensively throughout the Unites States with more than 60 performances each year as part of community concert series, major symphony pops series and arts festivals. One local resident became very excited about the Band coming to Emlenton because a friend heard the Band in Portland, Oregon and offered a glowing review of their performance on the West Coast.  For thirty years, the RCB has delighted audiences in the Pittsburgh region, nationally and internationally.  Their most recent international tour took them to Italy in May of 2013.

Mr. Gourlay, a native of Scotland, began his career at the age of 18 as the Principal Tubist of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera.  James also conducted Great Britain’s Grimethorpe Colliery Band, leading one of the most internationally lauded and prominent brass ensembles in the world on a tour throughout the British Isles, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In its ongoing commitment to education, RCB proudly has maintained an acclaimed youth band and in 2012 inaugurated a ‘Saturday Music’ program for students in grades 5 to 12, partnering with the Pittsburgh Public Schools.  This program has been designed to explore and grow the musical interest and abilities of Pittsburgh’s public school students.

The River City Brass is acclaimed for its signature style of programming.  Every performance features superb soloists and some lighthearted fun!  Often called the “Boston Pops—In Brass,” the band’s extensive repertoire covers a wide range of styles and musical genres.  They are equally expressive and comfortable performing American tunes, Big Band jazz and swing, music from Broadway and Hollywood, classic and contemporary masterworks and—of course—traditional marches, a staple of America’s heritage.  The Band has fifteen recordings of this widely ranging repertoire to its credit, the latest of which are ‘River City Brass 30 Years’ and ‘Christmas Brasstacular.’  Recordings will available to purchase at the concert.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Farmers National Bank, Hovis Truck Service, Hickman Lumber Co. and Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring and The Foxburg Team, family-affordable prices and an early bird discount will be offered for this first-of-a-kind Crawford Center event.

Early bird ticket buyers may take advantage of discounted prices from May 1 to May 31-Adults $15 and Students $5-(credit card/check) by calling the Foxburg Inn at 724-659-3116.

Regular pricing is offered from June 1 through June 20 – Adults $18, Students $8-(credit card/check) by calling the Foxburg Inn at 724-659-3116.  Remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the performance.  Call now!


Local Jazz favorite, Mark DeWalt, Piano backed by his accomplished band, Catro.

Mark DeWalt and Catro

The JazzFest presented by the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts concludes its weekend with a return performance of the popular and well-known sounds of Catro on the deck of Foxburg’s Allegheny Grille on Sunday, July 27 at 6:00 PM. Last year, the deck was overflowing with people enjoying Mark DeWalt’s smooth jazz piano style, backed by a stellar group of musicians. Vocalist Tammi Dahl will lend her considerable charm and scat-singing style to the occasion. There could be no better way to wrap up a weekend of music than to enjoy Catro, sip your favorite cocktail and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds along the Alleghent River!

Based in Western PA, keyboardist Mark DeWalt will lead a band capable of many styles, as they are among the most talented and versatile musicians in the region.

Catro’s spirited solos, captivating grooves and soulfully haunting vocals have delighted audiences at hundreds of concert, club and festival performances. As a testament to the quality of the members of the group, Mark’s musicians have appeared with other organizations at prestigious venues around the nation and the world. These venues include The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA, Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival and The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.

Mark and Catro combine their experiences in World-Beat, Jazz, Classical, Rock and Latin music to offer the listener a unique blending of musical elements. Come and experience what others already know about this ensemble and enjoy it along with a beautiful and relaxing setting.
We are very pleased to have them return!

Tania Grubbs and Trio

The high point of Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts Jazz Festival is a performance by The Tania Grubbs Quartet on Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall stage on Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 PM. Plan for a relaxing, romantic evening by first enjoying drinks and dinner at the nearby Allegheny Grille or for lighter fare, stop by Foxburg’s Pizza Shop.

Tania has been singing for as long as she can remember, appearing at many different venues showcasing her ability to be comfortable in various musical genres. While a student at Youngstown State University, from which she graduated, she focused on the classic American songbook. It was there that Tania focused on jazz by listening to every great artist she could study, taking advantage of every opportunity to sing and develop her craft.

At a jazz session over twenty years ago, she met her husband, bassist Jeff Grubbs. Jeff’s early career took the couple to the Sunshine State, where they lived for five years. During that time, Tania established a solid reputation, singing in many jazz clubs, concert settings and theatre productions. She was a featured vocalist with the Florida Philharmonic and a “voice” of the Boca Raton Pops Orchestra for three years. In 1996, Jeff won a position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and to this day, he is very well regarded for his classical performance skills as well as being the featured electric bassist on the Symphony’s regular Pops series.

These days, you will most likely hear Tania singing with her own jazz quartet, The Tania Grubbs Quartet, which features Jeff on Bass. The other well-known members of the quartet are Daniel May, piano and Tom Wendt, drum kit. Currently, she is the Co-Director of the four-night per week jazz series, “Jazz at Andy’s”, at Pittsburgh’s Fairmont Hotel, known for top-notch cabaret vocalists and jazz players. Additionally, Tania serves as the Music Director at Pittsburgh’s first boutique hotel, the Mansions on Fifth Hotel. She has also been a featured vocalist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s “JazzLive” series. Audiences of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, the Butler Jazz Society and the Westmoreland Jazz Society know her well.

Tania is a strong advocate for children, working with young children in music and movement. Her excellence in this area has been recognized by the Heinz Foundation, where she has been a four-time recipient of the Ready for Life grants.

This year, Tania celebrates the release of her new CD, “Lost in the Stars.” She states: “As a mother of three and a woman who has been given the privilege to revisit the thing she loves to do–sing-I feel that more now than ever I have something to sing about.”

Jeff and Tania are honored to call Pittsburgh their home and ARCA is honored to have them on our 2014 Jazz Festival series. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a great midsummer night out on the town!


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