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Bourbon Street To High Street: New Orleans Jazz To Arrive In The Tanner Theatre For Benefit Concert

 

HSJB3Morgantown’s taste of New Orleans, The High Street Jazz Band, is set to perform in the Tanner Theatre on Friday, May 5 at 8 pm! Enjoy as flavors of brass band, jazz, zydeco, gospel, and blues hit your palette in a blend only this band can produce!   Founded in 2010, the HSJB began with promoting music education as its foremost goal, and to this day, the band provides free concerts for children and schools as part of its mission. Partnered with the Monongalia Arts Center, the HSJB strives to make a difference in the community. Year-round, on Friday nights between 6 and 9pm, the band marches down High Street.   

Band members who will be performing are: Joel Steadman, John Steadman, Phillip Kase, Audrey Haller, Tania Kinsel, Alex Higgins, Matthew Kingsbury, Kurt Tennant, and Carrie Sullivan.

The concert will immediately follow the opening of the Thompson Holmes exhibition, Americana, which will occur from 6 to 8 pm. This one-evening concert, on May 5 is a benefit concert for the Monongalia Arts Center (Media Contact: John Bryant (304) 995-4972 thehighstreetjazzband@gmail.com) at 8 pm in the Tanner Theatre. Admission is a minimum donation of $5 to benefit Monongalia Arts Center.

 

MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to

info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.

 

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Romeo and Juliet Dinner Theatre

Romeo and Juliet GraphicVintage Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet To Arrive At MAC’s Tanner Theatre

 

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) welcomes the return of the acclaimed Vintage Theatre Company and Rustic Mechanicals to their Morgantown home, the Tanner Theatre. The troupe returns to Mountaineer Country for two Bard & BBQ dinner theatre performances on Saturday, April 29  at 6:30 pm and Sunday, April 30 at 12:30 pm for a matinee performance. The dinner-theatre event combines a full-course meal with a performance of Romeo and Juliet.

 

The state’s only Shakespeare troupe will launch its first statewide tour of 2017 at the end of April. Vintage Theatre Company Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals’ Ancient Grudge Tour of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

 

Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force star-crossed young lovers Romeo and Juliet to grow up quickly while an ancient and bloody feud rages between their families. Shakespeare’s masterpiece is the world’s most produced play. “Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young. “These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”

 

The Rustic Mechanicals, now in their fourth season, have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of twenty-five West Virginia artists. Travis Teffner and Kayla Hudimac headline this production as Romeo and Juliet. James Matthews and Samantha Huffman play Lord and Lady Capulet with Trina Byard as the Nurse and Lord Montague. Celi Oliveto is taking on the role of Benvolia. Steve McElroy will be seen as Mercutio and Josh Brooks as the fiery Tybalt. Rounding out the cast is John Fallon as Friar Laurence and Lady Montague, Justin Grow as the Prince and Paris, and Sarah Young in several walk-on roles. Young and Oliveto direct the production with Technical Direction by David Byard, Production Design by Trina Byard, Production Management by Sarah Young, Fight Choreography by James Ricks, and Dramaturgy by John Shirley.

 

“We have a wonderful team working on this show, maybe the most complete team we have ever had,” said Young. “The cast is fearless and smart, and they handle the balance of comedy and tragedy that this script demands.”

 

For more information about The Ancient Grudge Tour of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, email VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com or call 1-855-VTC-8588. Admission to the event will be $35, available at the MAC Lobby Desk, online at monartscenter.com/shop, or by calling (304) 292-3325. The full meal is included in the ticket price. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.

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Earth Day Benefit Concert

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Mother Brown Returns To The Tanner Theatre for Earth Day Rock Concert

 

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will host a Mother Brown concert at 8 pm on Saturday, April 22, which is also Earth Day. Mother Brown has been together since 2008 as an outlet to play the music they love to the people of Morgantown. The group does a large variety of classic rock covers, including songs by the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Their current lineup includes lead vocalist/guitarist Erik Yoder, drummer Rob Freedlander, bass player, and Charlie Engleka playing keyboard, guitar and various other instruments. The band performs a variety of classic rock covers, but also enjoys improvisations between songs.

 

This concert is a charity event to support MAC’s Gardens, the only green space in Downtown Morgantown, for maintenance and improvements. Coinciding with Earth Day, MAC and Mother Brown want to bring attention to the importance of plants, trees, and gardens for human well-being and aesthetic beauty. MAC’s gardens have added value and brought life to the city of Morgantown for decades thanks to charitable contributions.

 

MAC invites all community members, students, and visitors to attend this one-night benefit concert in the Tanner Theatre. The show will occur at 8 pm on April 22, and attendees are welcome to arrive early for a viewing of the 2017 Monongalia County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition. Admission is $10 for the concert, available at the MAC Lobby Desk, online at monartscenter.com/shop, or by calling (304) 292-3325. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.

 

 

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From Tragedy To Transcendence

Steven Hancoff Transcends Tragedies and Genres in MAC Performance

 

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) welcomes the nationally-acclaimed and recognized guitarist Steven Hancoff to the Tanner Theatre for an April 7 performance of his program, From Tragedy To Transcendence. The performance is an homage to J. S. Bach. Steven Hancoff has performed throughout the US, with a unique set list that incorporates ragtime, americana, and classical pieces, all given new life with Hancoff’s guitar arrangements. He is a graduate of St.John’s College in Annapolis, and served as an artistic ambassador for the United States in 50 countries around the world.

 

The April 7 performance at MAC will focus on the works of J. S. Bach. Hancoff’s performance combines visual art and music. He says that attendees should expect to see hundreds of pieces of art, both historic and contemporary to accompany his music. The program is intended to captivate both senses simultaneously, and has amassed favorable reviews. Roxanne Assaf of the Huffington Post wrote “Strains of music dovetail with what is the largest collection of Bach-inspired visual art ever amassed…it is an antique subject elegantly rendered in an impossibly light 21st century container.” Jazz Review Magazine has described him as “an interpretive master who plays with fluidity, grace and passion.”

 

Hancoff has also diligently assembled what he describes as his “life’s work”, a four-volume iBook called Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for Cello Solo which is available for purchase. He also has the From Tragedy to Transformation collection available for download on iTunes.

MAC invites all community members, students, and visitors to attend this one-night event in the Tanner Theatre. The concert will occur at 8 pm on April 7, and attendees are welcome to arrive early for a viewing of the 2017 Monongalia County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition. Admission is $10 for the concert, available at the MAC Lobby Desk, online at monartscenter.com/shop, or by calling (304) 292-3325. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.

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MACLiterary Night

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MAC Adds MACLiterary Night To Monthly Programming

MAC is hosting MACLiterary Night this Tuesday at 7 pm, coinciding with National Poetry Day. Come share your poetry with us!

Monongalia Arts Center has recently added MACLiterary Night to its monthly programming, consolidating elements of the Morgantown Poets, MACscriptwriters, and Artist Networking Night. This monthly gathering of novelists, poets, scriptwriters and more is intended to create an open mic platform for writers across genres to share and refine their work. MAC intends to foster a collaborative, friendly, and thriving literary community that can assist each other in the editing and artistic processes.

This monthly event will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 pm., and will recur subsequently on the third Tuesday of every month. MAC invites writers of all genres, skill levels, and backgrounds, as well as those who wish to become writers to join the group. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.

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