Tanner Theatre

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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Allegheny Chamber Players

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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

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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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