MAC Music night Featuring Mother Brown

Mother Brown will be coming back to the MAC on Feburary 17 @ 8pm. Mother Brown plays a variety of rock covers with an emphasis on improvisation, with no song always being the same. Material ranges from CCR to the Beatles to the Grateful Dead. "We all have day jobs, but Mother Brown gives us a chance to play the music we love." 27971921_1623915307654535_2691133740394509889_n
Featuring: Rob Freedlander on drums, Josh Daniel on electric guitar, Jack Falbo on bass, Erik Yoder on electric guitar.

Tickets are $10 call and reserve yours today! 


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The Anti-Imperialism Nationwide Comedy Takeover with Krish Mohan & Andrew Frank!

26220069_10156946650554838_7665333578530474629_nAn evening of Socially Conscious Comedy!
Featuring: Michael Cohen & Zach Funk
Saturday February 10, 2018 at 8pm
Live at the Monongalia Arts Center
$10 at the door

About Andrew: Andrew Frank is a comedian based out of Chicago. His cerebral, imaginative style and relentless ethic have earned him three nationwide tours spanning a total of 42 cities. His love of language, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and cosmology are on full display each time he takes the stage. He has had the privilege of working alongside great comedic minds such as Anthony Jeselnik, Kevin Nealon, Jake Johannsen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chad Daniels, Tommy Johnagin, and many more. He was the Winner of Make Me Laugh 2015, The Winner of Go Bananas Comedy Club's Funniest in Cincinnati 2016, the Runner Up in Trial By Laughter 2015, and the Runner Up of Helium's Funniest in St. Louis 2016 Competition. He was selected as one of 32 comics to participate in the 38th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition in November 2017. His first independently filmed hour special entitled Macrocosm was released in February 2017. Andrew continues to explore his mind and the minds of others at clubs, independent venues, and colleges all over the country.

About Krish: Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and DIY venues with his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor. Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic philosophical & sociological twist! Mohan has also been featured on NPR and performed at several Fringe Festivals (IndyFringe, Pittsburgh Fringe, Capital Fringe, Philly Fringe Arts), where he has been an audience favorite with his unique brand of comedy & social vigilantism. He has also opened for nationally touring headliners like Stewart Huff, Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp and Hari Kondabolu. Krish is also the host of the weekly socio-political commentary web show, “Fork Full of Noodles” and the podcast “Taboo Table Talk”.

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Allegheny Chamber Players’ Winter, 2018 Concert to feature two Wind Quintets

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The Allegheny Chamber Players will present their winter concert of chamber music on Sunday, February 4 at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC).

Entitled “1+3+5 times 2,” the program includes music for solo piano by Antonín Dvořák and solo harp by Germaine Tailleferre, trios by Darius Milhaud and Ludwig van Beethoven, and woodwind quintets by Americans Gunther Schuller and Alvin Etler.

Christopher Wilkinson, director of the ensemble, notes that, in the words of the late Robert Mann, founder of the Juilliard String Quartet, “chamber music reflects the social phenomenon of making music among equals” and that in chamber music the composer is interested in “giving expression to his most subtle and complicated thoughts.”

This program will offer listeners a wide variety of composers’ thoughts and, in the process, will provide listeners with ample opportunity to observe the “making of music among equals.” It will begin with a wind quintet by Gunther Schuller, the middle movement of which combines elements of jazz and classical music to produce what the composer called “Third Stream music.”  The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák is perhaps best known for his Ninth Symphony, “From the New World,” but here will be performed some of his most intimate music for solo piano, revealing a very different sensibility.  Two works by French composers will follow: Suite for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano by Milhaud and the Sonata for Harp by one of his contemporaries, Germaine Tailleferre.

Two works make up the second half of the program.  Quintet #1 for Woodwinds by Alvin Etler presents an example of mid-20th century American Neoclassicism.  Beethoven’s Trio in Eb major, Opus 1, #1 for violin cello, and piano; one of the composer’s first published compositions will conclude the concert . 

Members of the Allegheny Chamber Players are Carol Beall (piano) Sara Beattie (cello), Natalie Buckley (piano), Catherine Dowd (horn), Jeanne Frieben (clarinet), Matthew V. Held (bassoon), Sara Kent (oboe), Evan Klein (oboe), Christine Mazza (harp), John Morrison (piano), Stephanie Pratt (violin), Alyssa Schwartz (flute), and Christopher Wilkinson (clarinet).The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for the one-night event are available for purchase over the phone, at monartscenter.com/shop, and at the MAC Lobby Desk. 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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St Francis De Sales’s PSALM Chapter Returns To MAC This February

St. Francis de Sales School’s PSALM (Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs) chapter returns to Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) for another February exhibition in the Benedum Gallery. This collaboration happens   each February, with St. Francis students turning Morgantown’s attention to human rights tragedies around the world. Led by Nora Sheets, the organization’s history includes 19 years of generating public awareness and moving towards the subsequent elimination of landmines and cluster bombs. 

The exhibition will be available for viewing by the public from February 2 to February 24, 2018 in MAC’s downstairs gallery. There will be a public opening reception on February 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, which will include the students who made the exhibition possible, along with Nora Sheets. 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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