KU Blues and Rock Ensemble to hold concert this Wednesday night, Nov. 28

KU Blues and Rock Ensemble to Hold Concert Nov. 28

KUTZTOWN – The award-winning Kutztown University Blues and Rock Ensemble will hold a concert Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stump Seiger ’54 Multipurpose Room in the McFarland Student Union Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble will feature music by Stevie Nicks, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, and many more. Earlier this year the KU Blues and Rock Ensemble received an award for the best Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance in the category of Blues/Pop/Rock Group award from DownBeat magazine. Kutztown was the only institution in the State System of Higher Education to receive a 2018 Student Music Award.

DownBeat magazine is the premier jazz magazine for professional jazz musicians and contributors, including producers, engineers, advertisers and students. For its awards, institutions nationwide submit recordings in a variety of categories, after which panels of respected jazz performers and educators select winners and outstanding performance citations.

For more information contact Dr. Kevin Kjos at 610.683.1583 or kjos@kutztown.edu.

Studio B Fine Art Studio celebrates 10th anniversary at annual December Members and Friends Exhibit

Studio B Fine Art Studio celebrates 10th anniversary at annual December Members and Friends Exhibit

Studio B, 39 E. Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, PA, will celebrate its tenth-year anniversary with its eleventh annual “December Members and Friends exhibit entitled “GLOW” opening Friday, December 7, 2018, in conjunction with the 16th annual Boyertown Holiday Open House Tour. The show continues through January 13, 2019. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Please visit http://www.studiobbb.org for more information.

“GLOW”

Studio B Fine Art Studio Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary at Annual December Members AND Friends Exhibit

Studio B is excited to celebrate its10th anniversary with an opening of its eleventh annual December exhibit entitled “GLOW” on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. during Boyertown’s 16th holiday open house tour. The show continues through January 13, 2019.

The gallery’s artist members and new friends have been invited to feature their best work. Various media, from oil, pencil, and watercolor to clay, glass, and fiber, will be represented. This annual exhibit showcases dozens of local artists and offers an array of styles.

“It is our mission at Studio B to promote the artists,” said Studio B director Susan Biebuyck. “This exhibit is another opportunity for the many talented people who have graced our walls to exhibit and for us to celebrate their artistic accomplishments. We want to ease our community into the darker months by showcasing the illumination of talent by our artist members and friends.”

“Even in tough economic times, art is an investment gift. It brings joy and hope to both the giver and the receiver,” Biebuyck noted. “This is a special annual exhibit for us. We opened our doors for the first time with this exhibit in 2008. As part of the Holiday House Tour we were introduced to hundreds of visitors to Studio B that evening and look forward to hundreds every year during this annual community celebration!”

Studio B:

Studio B, located in the heart of historic Boyertown, is the home of the Arts and Activities Alliance, a committee of Building a Better Boyertown, a nonprofit Main Street program dedicated to revitalizing small towns.

The studio seeks to showcase the work of fine artists in themed exhibits—some juried, some open to all—and welcomes art in diverse media.

Visitors are always welcome to view the changing exhibits; take lessons in the visual, literary, and communication arts offered by highly-trained local artists and teachers; and schedule small events or parties in its elegant facility. The studio proudly collaborates with the many unique businesses in the Boyertown community.

Kutztown University Swings into Christmas with Jane Lynch and Friends Dec. 5

Kutztown University Swings into Christmas with Jane Lynch and Friends Dec. 5

KUTZTOWN – Broadway and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch and her posse bring a comically kitsch throwback to the old WWII USO canteen and 1960s Christmas specials of yore, with A Swingin’ Little Christmas at Kutztown University on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Schaeffer Auditorium.

Lynch is joined by fellow comedic actress Kate Flannery (The Office) and dapper Glee vocal arranger Tim Davis. Together they navigate in and out of tight three-part harmonies backed by the Tony Guerrero Quintet, whose leader penned the original tunes, including the comedic “Sentimental Christmas” and the elegant “Winter’s Never Cold (When You’re Around).” Covers include “We Three Kings” and an especially jaunty “Up on the Housetop.”

Regular admission is $42, and seniors and student admission is $38; tickets can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday through 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 entertain, educate and enrich.

Lynch is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee, and she is currently the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night. Lynch embarked on Continue reading “Kutztown University Swings into Christmas with Jane Lynch and Friends Dec. 5”

“Women and the Great War: Posters from the Collection of Pamela Tronsor”

“Women and the Great War: Posters from the Collection of Pamela Tronsor” on display at Elizabethtown College

American posters depicting women as icons of and workers for the war effort available for viewing through Dec. 1

Elizabethtown College is hosting “Women and the Great War: Posters from the Collection of Pamela Tronsor” in Hess Gallery in Zug Memorial Hall through Dec. 1. This collection of propaganda posters from World War I includes American posters focusing on women as icons of and workers for the war effort as depicted by the leading graphic artists of the time.

In order to sell the war to the American people, the majority of whom had been opposed to intervention in the European conflict, the U.S. Government’s Committee on Public Information created a Division of Pictorial Publicity. In a span of less than two years, approximately 2,500 poster designs and approximately 20 million posters-nearly one for every four citizens-were produced.

These colorful posters, often depicting women, were on display in many public places during the First World War-such as train stations and post offices-as well as on the sides of buildings and in shop windows. In the emergence of modern day advertising, these posters marked the first time that advertising techniques were used for propaganda purposes on such a mass scale. Urging citizens to buy war bonds and war savings stamps, as well as encouraging recruitment, were goals of the displayed posters.

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Kiss the Glass Goodbye to highlight women in the media and music industries

Kiss the Glass Goodbye to highlight women in the media and music industries

Kiss the Glass Goodbye: VALE Music Hosts 14th VALE Media Industries Conference at Lebanon Valley College

The 14th annual VALE Media Industries Conference, Kiss the Glass Goodbye, will feature successful women in the media and music industries on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Lebanon Valley College. The conference, organized and run by LVC students, is a great opportunity to make connections, gain knowledge about the evolving media industry from a woman’s perspective, and enjoy a day all about music and media.

Speakers, including LVC alumni, are representing companies that include Big Machine Records (Nashville, Tenn.), Columbia Records (New York City), Shure (Niles, Ill.), New Era Technology (Little Falls, N.J.), Avixa (Fairfax, Va.), Tait Towers (Lititz, Pa.), and JPL Creative (Baltimore, Md.). Panels for the conference range from e-sports, audio visual technology, music recording, and publishing, to music therapy, live performance, STEM, and entertainment law, among many others.

Kristen Merlin, a semifinalist from season six of NBC’s The Voice, is the keynote speaker and headliner for the evening’s entertainment. Since her debut on The Voice, she has shared the stage with national recording stars Shakira and Sugarland. Merlin’s new single is available for pre-order and will be released October 26.

Merlin’s performance at 9 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center highlights VALE Live After Hours performances by a variety of artists. The full schedule is available at http://wordpress.lvc.edu/wordpress/vale/.

Conference tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased online. College students can attend for free if they register in advance online. High school students can also attend the conference free of charge by registering online here.

The VALE Conference is part of VALE Music Group, a student-run LLC that also includes VALE Records, VALE Publishing, and VALE Live. VALE Music Group is a self-supporting organization run by the students at Lebanon Valley College. Donations toward the cost of this year’s conference can be made online.

Studio B Fine Art Gallery’s artists invite the public into their studios during 8th annual Fall Into Winter Tour

Dancing Tree

Studio B Fine Art Gallery’s artists invite the public into their studios during 8th annual Fall Into Winter Tour

Artists and galleries in Barto, Boyertown, and Oley will open their spaces to the public for the eighth annual “Fall Into Winter Tour” the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 17 and 18, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New venues to the tour include Ladyfingers Sewing Studio, Oley, (SATURDAY ONLY) and Scott Rothenberger’s recently-opened PLACE Design Studio and Warehouse along Route 100N, Bally.

In addition, participating artists and galleries include, in Barto, the founder of the studio tour Linda Rohrbach Austerberryand artists Gail Fronheiser and jewelry designer Angela Colasanti; in Boyertown, Studio B Fine Art Gallery,Frecon Farms,The Other Farm and Forge, Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio, Taylor Backes Glass Studio and Gallery; and, in Oley, Clay On Main.

Featured along with fine art and fine craft studios are venues offering the artistry of Mother Nature: food and beverage products from the area’s orchards, gardens and farms.

The 2018 Fall Into Winter tour holds special significance for potter Linda Rohrbach Austerberry who will celebrate her golden 50th anniversary of creating fine art pottery with a retrospective at her studio during the tour in addition to her work for sale.

“I’ve hosted a show of my work at my home for many years,” Austerberry said. “I’ve decided that this 2018 Fall Into Winter tour will be the final year of my ‘private show’ at my home.”

Following the 2018 Fall Into Winter tour, Austerberry’s work will be sold exclusively at Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio, 220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown.

Each stop includes gift-able items, fine art, home décor, and local culinary art and beverages. All work is for sale. There will also be special events at several locations; tour-goers are encouraged to visit http://studiobbb.org/fall-into-winter for the latest details, a complete list of participating artists and events, driving directions, and tour map.

During the tour, visitors will receive a ticket at each venue they visit that can be entered into a special drawing for hand-crafted items or gift certificates donated by the participating artists or venues.

“I love how this has grown,” offers Austerberry. “We have so much fun with this every year, and I’m really looking forward to sharing our work with everyone who stops by.”

Lyn Camella-Rich of Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio suggests, “We’re always excited to show our facility and the work of hundreds of artists. The annual ‘Fall Into Winter Tour’ allows you to finish your holiday shopping early with everything from pottery and glass to paintings and jewelry while supporting the talents of local artists in your communities.”

The hours of the tour are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, 2017. Maps of the tour sites are available by e-mail, Facebook, on websites of participating venues, and at participating studios. Google map URL drive.google.com/open?id=1ERg3sIzA7_2QTkP5mcxgMDIeWWQ5Gpsd&usp=sharing.

Fall Into Winter participants:

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Douglassville native at SRU to compete for Chad Williamson Scholarship

Chad Williamson

Douglassville native at SRU to compete for Chad Williamson Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK – Fourteen Slippery Rock University student vocalists will demonstrate their range at 2 p.m., Nov. 4, at Swope Music Hall when they compete for the Chad Williamson Memorial Vocal Scholarship as part of the 26th annual competition.

Each student will present two selections.

Local students include Madeline Reno, a sophomore music therapy major from Douglassville, who will perform “Mandoline” by Claude Debussy and “The Red Dress” by Ricky Ian Gordon.

The scholarship, which provides tuition support to three SRU students, honors the late Chad Williamson. Williamson, a Slippery Rock Area High School graduate, planned to study music at SRU but was killed in a traffic accident prior to his freshman year.

Karen Legato, a 1991 SRU communication graduate and former SRU employee, and the late Fred Williamson, started the scholarship in 1992.

The competition is free and open to the public.

Alex Goshert Performs in Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Muhlenberg College

Forty-five Muhlenberg College students are in the cast of ‘Brigadoon,’ running Oct. 26 through Nov. 4.

Alex Goshert Performs in Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Muhlenberg College

ALLENTOWN – Alex Goshert of Shillington is one of 45 Muhlenberg students performing in the College theatre and dance departments’ Brigadoon this fall.

“The show is unabashed romanticism,” says Muhlenberg theater professor Charles Richter, who directs the show. “It’s a grand, moving tale of lost love. It’s musical theatre on the grandest scale.”

In Lerner and Loewe’s 1947 breakout hit musical, two American tourists happen upon a Scottish village that is only visible once every hundred years. Brigadoon, the town, is beautiful, welcoming and just a little bit magical.

Brigadoon blends music and dance in a very unique way,” Richter says. “People are going to be stunned by the quality of the talent, by how well this cast can serve that unique blend.”

“It’s gorgeous,” says Julian Mone ’19, who plays American adventurer Tommy Albright. “From the ten-part harmonies of a gigantic, beautiful score, to the full-scale ballets and big sung numbers, it’s just Continue reading “Alex Goshert Performs in Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Muhlenberg College”

New York Philharmonic String Quartet Coming to Kutztown University on Nov. 9

New York Philharmonic Pricipal String Quartet, 11/26/16. Photo by Chris Lee

New York Philharmonic String Quartet Coming to Kutztown University on Nov. 9

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet will take the stage at Kutztown University on Friday, Nov. 9, at Schaeffer Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet is comprised of four virtuosi principal musicians from the vaunted New York Philharmonic, equally at home as concerto soloists with the Philharmonic and orchestras around the world. To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, this phenomenal string quartet made its much-anticipated debut at Lincoln Center in March 2017.

The members of this acclaimed ensemble, all multiple prize winners, are Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and Principal Cello Carter Brey. Their concert program includes pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms.

Expect an evening of magnificent music with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet!

Tickets are $35; $32 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm at 610-683-4092.

Established to be 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.

In addition to their public concert, the New York Philharmonic String Quartet will provide a lecture and demonstration at local schools. This residency is sponsored by the Kutztown University Arts Society.

Albright College to Offer Halloween Evening Comedy

Albright College to Offer Halloween Evening Comedy

Reading – Be sure this Halloween is filled with laughter, by enjoying “Unwrapped Candy: a Sketchy Halloween Spectacular,” Wed., Oct. 31, at 9:30 p.m., in Albright College’s Roop Hall.

Presented by Albright’s student-run Sketch Society, the evening festivities will include comedy, music and spooky fun. Albright’s Sketch Society students write and perform sketch comedy. Brief satirical vignettes are played out in one to 10 minute segments, often improvised by the actors.

Roop Hall, located in Albright’s celebrated Center for the Arts is home to the college’s annual concert series and hosts student performances by groups that include the Albright College Thespian Society, Albright Improv and the Sketch Society. Named one of the nation’s top 25 schools for artistic students, Albright has also been one of the most highly decorated programs by the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.