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ARTS Walk Returns To MAC: Art, Music and More…

TG post cardFriday, September 22 marks the return of the annual Morgantown ARTS Walk from 6 – 9 pm. The program, sponsored by Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Main Street Morgantown, Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) and Arts Monongahela, is intended to celebrate the hardworking arts community in Morgantown.

MAC will be one of the information points on the ARTS Walk, which features street vendors and events across High Street, and it will host programming as well. Two new art exhibitions will be unveiled during the event: Life In The Projects, and Transcending the Gutter. The public opening reception for the two events will take place from 6 – 9 pm in accordance with the ARTS Walk schedule, welcoming the public to experience and celebrate the artists’ work.

 

Life In The Projects, the first solo exhibition featuring John Michael Barone, will be featured downstairs in the Benedum Gallery. It will feature many of Barone’s signature pieces, featured in many of MAC’s previous exhibitions, as well as some new pieces. Barone is the executive director at Artist Collective West Virginia, and known for his psychedelic and mystical style and a love for pop culture and humor.

 

Transcending the Gutter will be featured upstairs in the Davis Gallery with contributions from multiple artists. This exhibition features musical performances by Orville Rex and Hericide at 9 pm, with a $5 cover charge.

 

MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.

 

 

Image: Untitled by Capen Snyder, part of Transcending The Gutter

 

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Hiroya Tsukamoto- March 30

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HIROYA TSUKAMOTO CONCERT AT MAC

 

Hiroya Tsukamoto is an internationally-acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, and composer from Kyoto, Japan. After receiving a scholarship to study in the US in 2000, Hiroya began performing internationally. He has released six albums.

 

“Guitar poetry” is how Hiroya describes his music, and it is nothing short of accurate. His romantic songs tell a traveler’s story in a way that is cinematic and soulful. As Hiroya explains: “By playing music, I could travel to different places and times.” Growing up, Hiroya listened to many varieties of music, an influence that, along with his Japanese folk music roots, shaped his sound.

 

Hiroya Tsukamoto has received many accolades, and the Boston Herald says "Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey." MAC invites you to come enjoy this unique experience that will take the audience across genres and cultures.

 

Tickets are currently available for this one-night only performance on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tanner Theatre. Admission is $10.

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Sean Gaskell-March 18th

Sean Gaskell

Sean Gaskell

 

THE ANCIENT SOUNDS OF THE KORA FIND THEIR WAY TO MAC

MAC invites you to enjoy exotic sounds from across the globe with Sean Gaskell. Sean, a musician based in Asheville, NC who is bringing the unique sound of West Africa to the Tanner Theatre. He will perform on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp, featuring traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. The 300 year-old Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. His style could be described as World Music.

 

Sean first discovered the string instrument in 2006 and became inspired; so inspired that he took two trips to Gambia to learn to play the kora as it is played traditionally. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

 

Tickets are currently available for this one-night only performance on Friday, March 18 at 

8 PM in the Tanner Theatre. Admission is $10.

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Sean Gaskell- March 18

Sean Gaskell

Sean Gaskell

THE ANCIENT SOUNDS OF THE KORA FIND THEIR WAY TO MAC

 

MAC invites you to enjoy exotic sounds from across the globe with Sean Gaskell. Sean, a musician based in Asheville, NC who is bringing the unique sound of West Africa to the Tanner Theatre. He will perform on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp, featuring traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. The 300 year-old Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. His style could be described as World Music.

 

Sean first discovered the string instrument in 2006 and became inspired; so inspired that he took two trips to Gambia to learn to play the kora as it is played traditionally. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

 

Tickets are currently available for this one-night only performance on Thursday, March 18 at 

8 PM in the Tanner Theatre. Admission is $10.

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Orenda Duo – Jazz CD Release Party

orenda duoMonongalia Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to host a CD release party and concert by the Orenda Duo on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 5 – 8 pm. During the CD release party, piano player and vocalist Jenny Wilson and upright bass player Nathan Wilson will perform selections from their new releases, The World Is Turning Gold and Both Sides Now.

Admission to the CD release party is $10 and tickets are available for purchase at 304-292-3325, the MAC Lobby Desk, and www.monartscenter.com/shop.

The World Is Turning Gold is a collection of original contemporary jazz compositions that have an impressionist sound with Appalachian folk and classical music influences that shine through. David Kane, reviewer for Cadence Jazz Magazine says, “Jenny offers a thoughtful set of pieces exquisitely rendered in musical watercolors and pastels.” Pianist Bob Thompson from the NPR’s Mountain Stage says, “I love this music from Jenny and Nathan Wilson. It is spiritual and thoughtful.”

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