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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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Allegheny Chamber Players

Chamber Players StaircaseAllegheny Chamber Players Return To Downtown Morgantown

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to welcome the return of the Allegheny Chamber Players (ACP) to the Tanner Theatre on February 19 at 4 pm. Ten members of the ACP, including accomplished professionals and dedicated amateurs, will participate.  The Allegheny Chamber Players last performance on June 5, 2016 enticed one of MAC’s largest crowds. Its director is Christopher Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Music History, School of Music, at West Virginia University.

“This concert represents another step in the diversification of the ACP’s repertory,” Wilkinson says.  “The first of what I hope will be many programs including works by women also brings a new instrument to our group: the harp as played by the area’s distinguished harpist Christine Mazza.”

Wilkinson and ACP approach music in a way that is exploratory and enjoyable for its members, most of which have careers teaching music. Often performing unfamiliar pieces, they use it as an opportunity for self-discovery and creative expression, democratically electing the pieces they perform.

“These programs are created collaboratively,” notes Wilkinson. “I ask my colleagues which pieces they would like to perform, I suggest a few pieces, and we make sure we all agree. All the members are volunteers, all passionate about music, and I want them to enjoy playing together.”

Chris Wilkinson reveals the piece he suggested for the group, one he has been particularly fond of for many years. Wilkinson is revisiting Trio for Clarinet, Cello, Piano, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms, one of his all-time favorites that he recalls performing in college. The piece will be performed by Wilkinson, Sara Beattie and Natalie Buckley.

The program is entitled 4×3+2+1.  Four compositions for three musicians each are joined by a duet and a performance of music for solo piano.  The four trios consist of works by composers from Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States: Johannes Brahms, Madeline Dring, Andre Jolivet, and Peter Schickele.  British composer Paul Reade wrote the sound track for a BBC television series, “The Victorian Kitchen Garden,” from which he created a suite for clarinet and harp.  Brahms’s Four Piano Pieces, Opus 119 completes the program.

In addition to Mazza, members of the group include Carol Beall, piano, Sara Beattie, Cello; Natalie Buckley, piano; Jeanne Frieben, clarinet; Matthew V. Held, bassoon; Evan Klein, oboe; John Morrison, piano, Alyssa Schwartz, flute, and Christopher Wilkinson, clarinet.

Admission to the concert is $10 at the MAC Lobby Desk or online at monartscenter.com/shop. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325. For more information about the Allegheny Chamber Players, contact Christopher Wilkinson at Chris.Wilkinson@mail.wvu.edu.

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Holiday Cheer


Spread some holiday cheer with Matt Marino and friends! Matt Marino will perform holiday classics in the Tanner Theatre like “Joy To the World” and “Santa Baby” on December 11 at 7 pm. Nick Larson will play guitar and Matt will be featured on vocals. There will be an appearance by Santa Claus, and MAC welcomes you to bring your entire family!

Photo Credits go to Jackie Marino and Running Bear Photography!


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Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre


Edgar Allan Poe rises for this special appearance just in time for Halloween! Since his death in 1849, Poe’s writings have been revered for their depiction of ghastly murders and haunting, spooky scenes. Poe, portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, will read a combination of his well-known and lesser-known works of both poetry and prose. Poe will also explain his reasons for writing the way he did and take questions from those in attendance. Photographs welcome.

Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. In his ongoing efforts to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today, he has portrayed Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. His performances have been staged throughout the country often for local libraries, museums, historic sites, and even cemeteries. He has been featured on National Public Radio and the LA Review of Books. He also manages americanliteraryblog.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @LiteraryRob!

Tickets are currently available for this one-night only performance of Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tanner Theatre. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the MAC Lobby Desk, by phone (304-292-3325), and online at www.monartscenter.com/shop.


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Hiroya Tsukamoto- March 30

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto



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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