Beta Quartet to Play at MAC


Join the award-winning BETA ensemble and the extraordinaire bandoneon player Alejandro Pinzón on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. for a passionate night of tango music. Come listen to music by Astor Piazzola, Matos Rodriguez, Francisco Canaro, Angel Villoldo, and many more, arranged for bandoneon, two soprano flutes and bass flute. 

BETA is a professional chamber music ensemble comprised of national and international prize-winning flutists Brittany Trotter, Eftihia Arkoudis, and Alyssa Schwartz. The ensemble is actively engaged in chamber music competitions and performances across the nation. In their first season (2016-2017), BETA was the recipient of First Prize at the West Virginia Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize at the Flute Society of Kentucky Quartet Competition. 

Originally from Yucatan, México, Alejandro Pinzón is a multidisciplinary artist and experienced educator who specializes in all things Argentine tango. He travels internationally performing and conducting tango concerts, leading interactive lectures, and teaching music master classes and dance workshops about Argentine tango. Alejandro plays the bandoneon, the rare and emblematic instrument of tango music. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA where his "Cuarteto Bravo" and "Resaca Tango Duo" are the premier tango ensembles. 

Schwartz and Pinzón, fellow graduate students at West Virginia University in 2012, began collaborating at the beginning of 2018, envisioning merging the characteristic voice of the bandoneon, the unmistakable flair of tango, and the unique performance style of BETA to create a performance that is both true to the roots of tango repertoire and fresh, with a twist of flutes.  The concert program is laced with passion and authenticity, taking the listener on an emotional journey from comedy to melancholy and reflection and, finally, to the fire and energy that have made the tango so wildly popular and recognizable. 

Join this diverse and unique ensemble of musicians from around the world for an unforgettable night of tango! Tickets are now available for this one-night event. Admission is $10 for adults.  Tickets may be purchased at the MAC Lobby Desk, by phone (304-292-3325), and online at www.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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Hesitant, an exhibition exploring anxiety through sculpture, will open on April 27 in the Tanner Theatre of Monongalia Arts Center (MAC). The artist, Kari Kindelberger, is a senior ceramics student at West Virginia University. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, April 27 from 5-7 p.m. at MAC. This event is open to the public. Kari Kindelberger is an artist from Wheeling, West Virginia. She focuses on her expertise in clay and fabrication for her sculptural works. She has had the opportunity to study in Jingdezhen, China and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received multiple awards for her work, which explores the feelings and emotions she experiences as a person with anxiety.


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2018 Quilts and Wall Hangings for Tamerack

THE WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF CULTURE AND HISTORY Show opens May 25, 2018, in the Culture Center Great Hall, West Virginia’s premier showcase for arts, heritage, history and culture. April 2 – 23 Quilt Deliveries – Entries shipped or mailed to the Culture Center should arrive between April 2 and April 23. Quilts may be hand delivered to the Culture Center loading dock between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Staff will accept deliveries only at those times, unless other arrangements are made. Jurying. All entrants will be notified of jurying results by mail. Quilting Workshop – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Culture Center. Reservations are required and there is a $20 per person fee for the limitedseating workshop. Awards Ceremony in the State Theater, Culture Center, during the annual Vandalia Gathering. Quilts and Wall Hangings Exhibition, Great Hall, Culture Center Quilts and wall hangings not accepted for the juried exhibition may be picked up at the Culture Center loading dock between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on these dates. If quilts were shipped/mailed to the Culture Center, they will be returned by the same method no later than June 30. Quilts and wall hangings accepted for the show may be picked up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Culture Center loading dock on these dates. If quilts were shipped/mailed to the Culture Center, they will be returned by the same method no later than October 31. April 19 – 20 May 2 – 3 May 25 – Sept. 10 May 25 May 4 September 20 – 21 For more information about Quilts and Wall Hangings 2018, please contact Cailin Howe at Cailin.a.howe@wv.gov or call 304-558-0220, ext. 128. Email contact preferred.• This exhibition is open only to West Virginia residents. General Guidelines • Special consideration will be given to hand-quilted entries. • Quilts/wall hangings must have three layers. • Quilts/wall hangings must meet size measurements. • Quilts are required to be a minimum of 55” wide. Wall hangings must be a maximum of 48” wide or smaller. Quilts not eligible for the juried exhibition include: • Quilts shown previously in a Division of Culture and History juried quilts exhibition • Quilts decorated with liquid embroidery • Quilts using cross stitch or appliqué on pre-printed backgrounds • Quilts that are damaged or soiled. If damage or soil is not evident at first inspection but is discovered during jurying, the entry will be disqualified. Wall hangings are quilts intended for display on the wall and must meet all requirements for quilts. In addition: • Wall hangings must measure 48” or smaller. • Wall hangings must be a single unit. • Wall hangings may not be framed with wood, metal or other frames. A non-refundable entry fee of $20, made payable to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, must be submitted with each completed entry label per quilt and wall hanging. Entry fees help pay exhibition expenses such as awards and jurying. http://www.wvculture.org/museum/Quilts/quilt2018/2018quiltprospectus.pdf

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MAC To Unveil Other Places Exhibition on April 6

Local artist Barbara Beer will display a new collection of paintings at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) this  April. The exhibition will be featured in MAC’s Benedum Gallery on the first floor, available to the public during scheduled operating hours. Beer describes the paintings as created “from attention to mind and memory, and desire for places of quiet wisdom and clean earth.” MAC welcomes all to view these new works of art in a public opening reception on Friday, April 6. The reception will run from 6 pm to 8 pm, and the exhibition will be available for all that cannot attend until April 28. 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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Saturday Evening Cartoons

"Saturday Evening Cartoons" Art Exhibit opening featuring Culture Thief Apr 7 at 6 PM!!!

Brought to you by Artist Collective of West Virginia, Monongalia Arts CenterMARS Morgantown Art Record StudioRetro-tique, and Alien Gold

This an Art exhibition of the Artists interpretations of the cartoons, comics, illustrations, and crazy toys that have influenced our lives. This show will be highly entertaining with thought provoking work that will cross the boundaries of technical illustration – fan art – to manic cartoon surrealism. During this opening event we will have many interactive art pieces and experiences including projected outlaw animation room, cartoony games and 2 musical performances by the most amazing Culture Thief

WARNING – This show will have adult material not suitable for some audiences. There may be nudity, violence and/or adult situations. We assure you it will be in good taste or just hilariously insane like cartoons we love.

Snacks will be provided by the wonderful Cheese Louise!!!!

We will be raffling off some really super prizes such as
-Gift Certs
-Mystery Box

We will be playing awesome games like
– OG Bop it tournament 
– Cartoon Pictionary 
– Best Sound effects 

Beverages and light snacks will be provided. 
There is a $5 suggested donation for entrance into this opening event to support the band. 

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