Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir Embarks on Spring Tour

The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir proudly announces its 83rd annual spring tour from March 17 through 24. Conducted by Dr. Kyle Zeuch, the 60-member ensemble will give multiple concert performances in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music and English.

Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production.

Kristen Suruskie of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

The 83rd Annual LVC Concert Choir will bring their program, “Be Well: Body, Mind, and Spirit,” to the Washington, D.C. area March 22 through 24. The songs to be performed include Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Lotti’s “Crucifixus” to more contemporary pieces “The State of Emptiness” by Catherine Dalton and Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay.”

The program also includes a wide variety of literature including a traditional Pennsylvaina Dutch piece, “Reide, Reide, Geili,” and an arrangement of the spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”

The traditional LVC Concert Choir pieces “Vela Vela” and Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” will round out the concert. It is our hope that this combination of pieces will encourage audiences to reflect on their own wellness, or at least, accept the concert as some respite from the busyness of our daily lives.

Benise brings his acclaimed PBS special to Kutztown University March 21

Join the audience on a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that celebrates the fire, passion and spirit of Spain with Fuego!, which takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus.

Armed with his Spanish guitar, Benise is backed by a stage-full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers hand-picked from an international pool of talent. Flamenco dancers take center stage in a tribute to Old World Spain while breathtaking couture fashions and innovative staging and choreography give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover.

With a beautiful and charming Spanish courtyard as the backdrop, Benise debuts all new music, dance and costumes, adding his signature twist on classics such as “Granada,” “Malaguena,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Asturias” and “Adagio.” It’s a musical adventure that includes the “Dress of a Thousand Roses,” one of the world’s largest Flamenco fans, and many more surprises. Fuego! captures world music at its best with a show that appeals to the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures and musical backgrounds.

Regular admission is $40, $36 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 610-683-4092.

Established as the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

“Farm to Table” exhibit at Studio B ends March 12, 2019

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown announced Jan. 18, 2019, the opening of “Farm to Table,” the studio’s 11th annual exhibit celebrating the area’s agricultural roots.

The exhibit, fondly known among the gallery’s artists and patrons as “The Farm,” is the studio’s most popular exhibit and takes a slightly different approach each year. This year, gallery director Susan Biebuyck added food art to the exhibit’s focus highlighting her view that “in the end, it’s all about the food.”

“This year, we wanted to acknowledge the support of our Pennsylvania legislators in naming Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as the sponsor of the exhibit,” said Jane Stahl, director of community relations. “In 2007, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts funded our fledgling efforts to promote art and our local artists. The Arts and Activities Alliance was added as a 5thcommittee of Building a Better Boyertown.

“Our first year we staged a few exhibits along Boyertown’s streets, offered some classes and workshops, and took field trips to several artists studios. A little over a year later Studio B opened and staged its first exhibit during Boyertown’s annual Holiday Open House Tour.

“Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has continued its support for our efforts; we are grateful that our legislators recognize the important of the arts and culture in our communities in maintaining quality of life and economic security.”

Prizes will be awarded on Friday night, including the coveted “Best in Show,” which nets the winner a cash prize, as well as a featured spot during the agricultural- and environmental-themed exhibit in 2020.

In 2018, the exhibit was titled “Farm/Earth” combining “The Farm” with the annual April show celebrating the environment to make room in the schedule for an exhibit entitled “Wheels” that received a grant award from Berks County Community Foundation.

Joanne Schlosser was awarded Best in Show in 2018 for her mixed media piece “No Chickens Allowed.”

Schlosser is an adjunct faculty member offering art classes at Reading Area Community College and has been a loyal member of Studio B since the studio opened in 2008.

Schlosser explains that her teaching inspires her artwork, opening her mind to unlimited creative potentials and exploration. Mixing linocut printmaking on painted silk is one example. Central to her work is making the invisible visible—making what can be seen only with a microscope or visualizing a concept through her art. What matters most to Schlosser is the opportunity to thoughtfully move the observer.

“With ‘No Chickens Allowed,’ I mock suburban regulations forbidding ownership of pet chickens by presenting a doorway with a wild bird seated on top eating seeds provided by residents,” Schlosser said.

In a relief sculpture created with decorative boxes of ink drawings on a stretched canvas that continues the ink designs onto the canvas, the piece visualizes the soulful beauty of jazz music.

“Farm to Table” is being juried by Shelbi R. Stoneback. Stoneback comes from a family of artists and studied as a metalsmith for more than 20 years. She is on the board of trustees of The Baum School of Art and vice president of the board of directors of Healing Through the Arts.

“We are always very excited to see what our artists bring to this show,” said Biebuyck. “They have wowed us with their innovation and fresh takes on the traditional subjects of agriculture and farming. And, as a ‘foodie’ myself, I’m eager to see our artists take on this year’s theme.”

Capital BlueCross Theatre announces 2019 season

It’s an exciting year ahead for the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The theatre’s sixth season features an eclectic mix of socially conscious offerings, original student work, and collaborations with local theater groups and community talent.

The season kicked off with The Vagina Monologues on Thursday, Feb. 21. Coming up next is Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse, which will include local authors reading from their works, original music and an acting troupe performing select scenes from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The production debuts March 7 & 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

“My goal is to offer our students a wide variety of opportunities to showcase their talents and skills,” says Theatre Director Janet Bixler. “I also want to give our local community a chance to experience different types of productions, from thought-provoking, socially relevant work to light, fun entertainments.”

The Capital BlueCross Theatre is located on the campus of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pa., which is only a short drive from downtown Harrisburg. Admission for most shows is $10 for the public and $3 for students.

  • March 7 & 8 – Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse   

When:                Thursday, March 7, & Friday, March 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m.    

What:                 The theatre will be transformed into a coffeehouse and feature local writers reading from their works, a professional musician playing original music and actors bringing to life select scenes from Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Attendees also can enjoy a selection of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, pastries, fruit and other goodies.

  • June 6, 7 & 8 – Lost and Found, the fifth student-created play

When:                Thursday, June 6, & Friday, June 7, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

                           Saturday, June 8, 2:30–4:30 p.m.               

What:                 Each year, the Theatre puts on a student-created play based on a theme. Using their experiences and imaginations to create an original play, a group of students will work together to explore losing and finding “things” of great importance, including relationships, people, places and themselves.

  • Sept. (multiple) – Bridging the Gap collaboration

When:                Friday, Sept. 6, & Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

                           Thursday, Sept. 12 & Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30–9:30 p.m.      

                           Saturday, Sept. 14, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

What:                 A new work created in partnership with the Sankofa African American Theatre Company and Reclaim Artist Collective that will feature the poetry of Central Penn Professor Maria James-Thiaw. This play will explore the racial and socio-economic divides from both historical and contemporary perspectives. To learn more about Sankofa, go to: www.sankofatheatrehbg.com.

  • Dec. 5 & 6 – “An Elf Mafia Murder Mystery”

When:                Thursday, Dec. 5, & Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30–9:30 p.m.           

What:                 While enjoying a festive three-course meal prepared by CulinArt at Central Penn College, Toby Bradbury and his troupe of Oxymorons will entertain you with a fast-paced, laughter-filled holiday whodunit.

Daniel Behler to Help Lebanon Valley College Perform Twelfth Night

Daniel Behler of Leesport is participating in Wig and Buckle Theater Company’s upcoming production of Twelfth Night at Lebanon Valley College. Behler is playing the role of Sebastian. Behler, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.

When Viola shipwrecks and is washed onto the shore of Illyria, she believes her twin brother has drowned, and she disguises herself as a man to work for the noble Duke Orsino. She falls in love with him, but cannot tell him. He is in love with the Countess Olivia, who does not love him in return. Olivia finds herself in love with master Cesario, who is actually Viola in disguise. Sebastian, Viola’s twin brother, did not drown, and washes ashore after her. This Shakespeare play, complete with a love triangle, drunken pranksters, and a lot of mistaken identity, is a hilarious, action-filled play that is certain to provide entertainment for everyone!

Ticket prices range from $5 to $15 and LVC student tickets are free. Tickets can be reserved at www.wigandbuckle.com or by calling (717) 867-6162. Dates are Feb. 8-10 and 15-17.

Since 1935, Wig and Buckle, a student-run organization, has performed musicals and plays for the enjoyment of LVC students and members of surrounding communities. The Company is teaming up once again with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota–two music fraternities on LVC’s campus that provide service hours to help with selling tickets, box office tasks, tear down of the set, and performing on stage–to bring this entertaining show to life.

Family Flicks Film Series offers free showing of A Wrinkle in Time Saturday, Feb. 16

A Wrinkle in Time––the third film in Central Penn’s Family Flicks film series––will screen from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Released in 2018, A Wrinkle in Time is based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

The event is free and open to the public. In addition, there’s free popcorn, too!

The monthly film series kicked off in December with a showing of The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Upcoming films include Wreck-It Ralph 2, Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse and The Lego Movie 2.

The Capital BlueCross Theatre is located on the college’s Summerdale campus, just five minutes from downtown Harrisburg near Enola.

Schedule for the Family Flicks Series:

The film series occurs on the third Saturday of the month in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. All movies are free and open to the public.

Simmons to perform at 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles

2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles to Perform at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

More than 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States have been selected to perform in the 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. 

Selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Ensembles (Orchestra) is Reid Simmons, Trumpet, from Twin Valley High School, Elverson.

With assistance from his music teacher, Joel Deardorf, this exceptional student will prepare remarkably challenging music that he will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held in Pittsburgh in preparation for performances April 7, 2019. 

The NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of The National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have eighteen instrumentalists, the treble chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately three hundred twenty vocalists. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAFME Eastern Division membership. 

Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, PA, VT, Europe) oversee the selection process in their state during the fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have been selected to participate in their home all-state festivals. 

The committee builds the ensembles from the state presidents’ ranked lists, trying to mimic the state population percentages in each group. 

The 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles (all except for Jazz, which will perform on Saturday evening, April 6) will perform for an audience of thousands on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. For program and ticket information please visit www.pmea.org

Image attached: TVHS student Reid Simmons

Central Penn announces 2019 Humanities Film Series schedule

Network to screen Friday, Jan. 25

Central Penn College kicks off the second year of its Humanities Film Series with Network, the 1976 film that satirized the television-dominated media culture of the time. The Oscar-winning movie will screen on Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30–9:00 p.m., in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

“It’s a brilliant film,” says Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi, who teaches journalism and public relations at the college. “It’s a dark satire about the power of television, journalism as infotainment, and the lure of profits at all costs.”

One of the iconic moments of the film occurs when down-and-out anchorman Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch, utters the now-famous and oft-quoted line live on network TV, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

“People remember Howard Beale––he’s the circus element––but the real strength of the movie is the conflict between William Holden and Faye Dunaway,” says Lear-Olimpi. “They represent the ongoing battle between serving the public interest vs. the insatiable quest for profits,” says the veteran instructor, who’s been a fan of the movie since he saw it as a high school student.

Holden plays Max Schumacher, the news division president of UBS, a fictional television network. He represents the old guard and believes that corporations––especially news organizations––should provide a benefit to the public. His nemesis is Dunaway, who plays Diana Christensen, head of the network’s entertainment division. She believes that ratings (i.e. profits) are the only things that matter.

Guess who ultimately wins that battle?

For the answer, you’ll just have to go see the film, which screens on Friday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Lear-Olimpi will give a brief talk and introduce the film. He also will facilitate a Q-and-A afterwards.

“The issues raised by Network screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky haven’t gone away,” says Lear-Olimpi. “In fact, the movie––in this age of reality TV, 24/7 programming, internet channels––seems more relevant than ever before.”

In addition to Network, Central Penn’s 2019 Humanities Film Series will feature the following movies:

·       The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – a silent horror film from 1920 – April 26

·       Get Out – the 2017 horror film written and directed by Jordan Peale – July 26

·       Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – the series’ fifth installment – October 25

All films will be shown in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus, which is located about five minutes from downtown Harrisburg.

Family Flicks film series continues at Central Penn with “Smallfoot”

Free Saturday matinees starting in December

Need something to do with the kids that doesn’t break the bank? How ‘bout a free, family-friendly movie? Actually, how ‘bout one every month throughout the winter?

Central Penn College reminds the public that its first-ever Family Flicks film series continues Jan. 19 with “Smallfoot.” The college will show popular (and recent) kid-friendly movies every third Saturday during the winter season.

Parents don’t have to worry about young kids staying up too late either. All shows are matinees; movies will screen 1 to 3 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, which is located on the college’s Summerdale campus, just five minutes from downtown Harrisburg near Enola.

All movies in the series are open to the public. Admission is free, and so is the popcorn!

The remaining schedule for Family Flicks film series is as follows:

·       Jan. 19 – Smallfoot, 1–3 p.m.

·       Feb. 16 – A Wrinkle in Time, 1–3 p.m.

·       Mar. 16 – Wreck-It Ralph 2, 1–3 p.m.

“We wanted to do something fun for parents and kids of all ages,” said Activities Director Adrienne Thoman. “And we wanted to make it affordable, too, because so many kid-friendly activities aren’t always wallet-friendly.”

Reading native participating on SRU Theatre’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

Erik Warmbein, a sophomore history major from Pittsburgh, portrays Ebenezer Scrooge in the Slippery Rock University Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” The production, adapted by David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, will be a 70-minute, no intermission performance. Photos by Elizabeth Linton, a freshman music performance and music therapy major from Cranberry Township.

Reading native participating on SRU Theatre’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

SLIPPERY ROCK – Slippery Rock University Theatre will bring Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol” to life at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 3-6. A 2 p.m. matinee is slated for Dec. 2. All performances are in the University Union Multipurpose Room.

The production, adapted by David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, will be a 70-minute, no intermission performance.

“(David) took Dickens’ work and adapted it to the stage and has directed two previous productions … now I’m picking it up,” said Deanna Brookens, an associate professor of theatre and director of this year’s production.

Twenty-nine SRU students and a handful of grade school children from Slippery Rock Area Elementary School comprise the cast.

SRU students from your area participating on the cast and staff include the following:

  • Kelli Bampton, master electrician and a sophomore resort, recreation, and hospitality major from Reading.

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