Tanner Theatre

Back In The Day

Back In the Day ImageMonongalia Arts Center welcomes Back In The Day to the Tanner Theatre on July 8, 2017. This MACMusic performance, following the July 4 holiday season, recreates pieces of nostalgic Americana. The band’s organizer and bassist, Terry Morgan, describes their sound as “50s and 60s Sock Hop Music”, drawing much of their inspiration from legendary rock n’ roll pioneers like Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

 

MAC invites all to attend this one-night event on July 8, at 8 pm. 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 Back In The Day, contact Terry Morgan at 304-599-8871 or visit their FaceBook page.

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Seeking Stars

Seeking Stars Presents "Return of Wild At Art"Seeking Stars

Seeking Stars Art is an art entertainment, collaboration and production company based in Middleburg, VA that offers unique ways to sell art, while promoting The Arts. From fine art on the walls, to wearable art and fashion on the runway models, they provide true "Art Immersive Experiences" that bring "Art to Life & Life to Art” to communities that desire more Art-inspired options, as well as for their clients that need creative solutions for events, venues and fundraisers.

The multi-state collaboration and production of the “Return of Wild at Art” features the talents of Seeking Stars Art Creative Director, Ben Kolb (Mannington, WV), and is Seeking Stars Art’s second show at the MAC. Highlights include a live painting and the latest wearable art fashions showcased on the runway by the Seeking Stars Art Models. Special guest artists and vendors include Grazia Zalfa (McLean, VA), Black Dog Dyes (Fairmont, WV), Swanky Lady Couture (Washington, DC) and LuLaRoe by Chelsa & Hillary (Morgantown, WV). All food catered by Becky Williams (Mannington, WV).

A limited collection of unique, and mostly handmade, Seeking Stars Art products will be available for purchase at the show. Aspiring models, artists, designers and photographers are encouraged to attend and meet the team. Seeking Stars is featuring two artists during the event.

Ben Kolb is the owner, resident artist and instructor of Nativibes Studio & Art Gallery in Mannington, WV. He specializes in hand-pounded brass, carved bone and abalone shell wearable art, as well as nature-inspired, folk impressionism paintings and watercolors that have been framed by the artist himself in recycled barnwood. His Nativibes gallery hosts everything from educational opportunities to Album release parties, and brings a great deal of hope to an economically challenged region. He is the Creative Director for Seeking Stars Art.

 

Grazia Zalfa is a jewelry designer specializing in rare and international beads from her own global travels. Born in Italy, she now resides in McLean, VA. Every piece is a one-of-a-kind, original design and will never be duplicated. She was featured and published by Author, Penelope Diamanti, and a team from the National Geographic Society, in "Where Beads & Inspiration Meet." Some of her rare, vintage beads are more than 100 years old and shipped to adoring collectors all over the world. Her work is sold exclusively through the Seeking Stars Art.

Seeking stars welcomes you to "come out and raise your star!" Learn more about Seeking Stars Art at: seekingstarsart.com. Admission to this one time event, taking place on Saturday, June 10, 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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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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