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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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Allegheny Chamber Players – Jan. 24

Allegheny Chamber Players.Group PhotoMonongalia Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to host a one-night evening performance by the Allegheny Chamber Players on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Tanner Theatre. Please note that this concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, January 24, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Entitled Music for 1 to 4 Players by Beethoven, Mozart, Piston, and Schumann, the Allegheny Chamber Players concert features Sara Beattie on cello, Natalie Buckley on piano, Jeanne Frieben on clarinet, Anne Hamilton on viola, Matthew Held on bassoon, John Morrison on piano and violin, Alyssa Schwartz on flute, and group director Christopher Wilkinson on clarinet.  

The Allegheny Chamber Players are a group of musicians dedicated to the performance of chamber music composed originally for amateur performers by many notable composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms.

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MACglee Holiday Concert

MACglee Logo_WinterGet into the holiday spirit with the MACglee Holiday Choral Concert, Holiday Pops, on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 2 pm at Avery United Methodist Church on Cheat Road.

Holiday Pops will feature a variety of holiday selections, both new and old, which showcase the vocal talents of MACglee’s vocalists. There is a $5 suggested donation for the concert.

MACglee is an adult community vocal group in its fifth year. All MACglee singers are local, coming from West Virginia’s Monongalia, Marion, Taylor, Harrison, and Preston Counties as well as neighboring Pennsylvania counties.

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