Have you experienced enough of Winter? Are you looking for something to shake off those indoor blues and give you a sure sign that Spring is coming? A series of inspiring performances can surely be part of the cure! Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA) will present familiar and new artists on the 2014 Spring performance schedule worth stepping out for.
This year, we get to enjoy a long St. Patrick’s Day weekend and you can kick it off with a return performance by an audience favorite, Carnival of Souls, led by Emlenton’s own Brian Lowry. This group of eight musicians, who have performed together for nearly twenty years, uses a wide variety of Irish traditional and non-traditional instruments that one could find in a pub in Dublin. Instead of traveling overseas, you can find them right down the road in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall on Friday, March, 14 at 7:00 PM. Tickets: Adults $10, Students $5.
Did you know that much of popular music traces its roots back in time to none other than the well-known Johann Sebastian Bach? New to ARCA audiences is the nationally recognized and world traveled Chatham Baroque with a program entitled “Bach and Beyond”. This three-member ensemble performs on instruments of Bach’s period. Adding to the experience, they will speak about their instruments and the music to be performed during the concert. In honor of Bach’s birthday, enjoy a post-concert celebration with the artists and have a slice of cake with coffee! Lincoln Hall, Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 PM. Tickets: Adults $25, ARCA Members $20, Students $10
The Ragtime era took America by storm, epitomized by the well-known Scott Joplin. One still hears the energy of this music on TV and in movie scores. The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra, led by Tom Roberts, makes its first appearance at Lincoln Hall on Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM. Tom has done extensive research on this popular form and has expertly arranged the music for this ensemble. He has designed a program that promises to inform as well as entertain. Tickets: Adults $25, ARCA Members $20, Students $10
ARCA is always searching for new, young, talented performers. Having just performed a recital at New York’s Lincoln Center, Alvin Zhu, Classical Pianist, will showcase big romantic style in works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin and others on our own Lincoln Hall Steinway, Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 PM. Alvin has won numerous awards and competitions, has been a featured artist on NPR and has been heard world wide in recital and as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Canada and China. His list of teachers and mentors is a who’s who of the piano world. Tickets: Adults $25, ARCA Members $20, Students $10.
Returning by popular demand, nationally acclaimed Dane Vannatter and Friends will offer an intimate Cabaret Evening of song and jazz on the Lincoln Hall stage, Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 PM. Well-known for his glorious voice and stylistic interpretations, Dane has appeared in established cabaret venues on the East Coast. An addition to Dane’s world-class jazz quartet will be Michael Tomaro, renowned saxophonist. Lincoln Hall itself will be aglow with nightclub cabaret-style seating and candlelight, a perfect setting for a relaxing night out. Wine and cheese will be served. Because cabaret seating is limited, please call to reserve in advance.
Tickets: Adults $25, ARCA Members $20
ARCA is committed to presenting quality artistic experiences in our region and invites you to these upcoming events. Consider joining as a 2014 Member for as low as $25, entitling you to a discount on select ARCA events. If you are interested in becoming an ARCA volunteer, please contact us. Visit our website at www.alleghenyriverstone.org for a listing of events and more information about these performances. To reserve tickets in advance, please call 724-659-3153 or email ARCA at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at Lincoln Hall!