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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 June 11 at 4 pm. Ten members of the ACP, including accomplished professionals and dedicated amateurs, will participate.  The Allegheny Chamber Players previous two performances were among MAC’s largest crowds. Its director is Christopher Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Music History, School of Music, at West Virginia University.

 

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.”

The ACP has been enlarged by the addition of four new musicians who are joining six current members of the ACP in the performance of music by six composers from Europe and the United States.

 

Entitled “Music by Three French Men, Two Americans, and an Austrian,” the program includes music by French composers Claude Debussy, Jacques Ibert, and Charles Koechlin.  John Beall and Nicole Chamberlain are the Americans represented.  Beall’s captivating work for violin, clarinet, cello, and piano: “On Chestnut Ridge” from 1982 will introduce the second half of the concert.  Chamberlain’s work for solo flute, “Asphyxia” (2010), is a virtuosic and, at times, funny commentary on the challenges facing a novice flute player learning how to breath at just the right time within the performance of a piece. The Austrian is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  His pioneering quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon, K. 452 from 1784 completes the program.

 

“As Joseph Wechsberg, a contributor to The New Yorker, observed years ago, chamber music ‘is based on give-and-take; it is civilized and egalitarian, it is a garden of musical fellowship’,” said Christopher Wilkinson, director of the ensemble.  “Following our concert on February 19, 2017, I was pleased to learn that four musicians from the community, all professionally educated, wished to join this particular garden of musical fellowship: the ACP, to perform chamber music. They are Samantha Bell (horn), Sara Kent (oboe), Stephanie Pratt (violin), and Jean Preckel (bassoon).  They will be making their debuts at this concert and are most welcome.”

 

These musicians join current ACP members Carol Beall (piano), Sara Beattie (cello), Matthew V. Held (bassoon), 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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Approaching Happiness With Krish Mohan

Krish ImageApproaching Happiness with Krish Mohan

 

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) welcomes comedian Krish Mohan back to the Tanner Theatre on June 3, 2017 at 8 pm. Krish describes himself as “a socially conscious Indian standup comedian and writer” and he regularly performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and DIY venues across the country. He focuses on idea based stand-up tackling race, religion, immigration, relationships, political and social issues. With a quirky attitude, charming personality, and intellectual humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds. He has been featured on NPR and in the Arch City Comedy Festival and the IndyFringe Festival, where his show was highly rated and reviewed. Krish is also the host, writer and creator of “Fork Full of Noodles”, a weekly series that focuses on societal and political issues.

 

Krish proclaims: “When you’re born in India and immigrate to the U.S., it can be hard to find a place to fit in”. He will be performing his one-hour show called “An Indian Comedian: How Not To Fit In” at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, WV and will feature local comedians Tawnya Drake and Zack Funk. Krish has toured across the United States and has opened various nationally touring headliners including Lee Camp, Stewart Huff & Cameron Esposito. Audiences have called Krish’s show “brilliant”, “hilarious” and “refreshing” as he “skewers mainstream American ignorance: a nation of foreigners doesn't seem to know what to make of them”. Find out where he fits in; Is it with Americans or the Indians in the U.S?

 

Admission to this comedy night 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.

 

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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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