February 11, 1999......Volume 28, Issue 20

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This week's arts briefs:
Concert planned
"Celebration of Love"
Organ recital
Chamber choir
Orchestra performance
Percussion Ensemble
Bach's Lunch
Concert at Eisenhower
Community Arts Center announces events
Earthenware exhibit

Other arts-related sites:
Bryce Jordan Center

College of Arts and Architecture:
School of Integrative Arts
School of Music
Palmer Museum of Art

On stage

Duke Erikson, Butch Vig, Shirley Manson and Steve Marker are Garbage, the band scheduled to open for Alanis Morissette at The Bryce Jordan Center at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. For tickets, call (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336.
Photo: Joseph Cultice, courtesy of Borman/Moir Entertainment

Personal touch

Artist Tom McKinney hangs his paintings in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center on the University Park campus. McKinney's exhibit is part of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center's celebration of Black History Month.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Concert planned

Guest flutist Emily Hoppe McKay, accompanied by State College pianist Kathy Gattuso Cinatl, will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus. Following the concert, at about 4:30 p.m., McKay will present a technique master class with Penn State flute students performing.

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"Celebration of Love"

The Penn State Chamber Singers will present the 13th annual "Celebration of Love," featuring the alternation of vocal chamber music and poetic readings, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Old Main lobby on the University Park campus.

The Chamber Singers are conducted by D. Douglas Miller, professor of music. Readers include Helen and Lowell Manfull, professors emeriti of theatre arts, and two acting majors in the College of Arts and Architecture School of Theatre Arts.

Because of limited seating in the Old Main lobby, early purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets are $12, including a reception after the concert in the Old Main balcony, and are available by calling (814) 863-2142.

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Organ recital

Seven organ students who study with June Miller, associate professor of music, will present a recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus. The recital is free to the public.

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Chamber choir

Central Pennsylvanians will have a rare opportunity to hear the Chamber Choir of the Krasnoyarsk Pedagogical College, an ensemble from Siberia, perform Renaissance, folk, jazz and modern works at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus.

Tickets are $5 each and are available at the door or by calling Beverly Balger at (814) 867-7965.

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Orchestra performance

The Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Pu-Qi Jiang, associate professor of music, will perform with concerto competition winners at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus.

The concert will feature graduate students Lori Formby, Lin He and Brian Towndrow, winners of the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition held in November 1998.

Admission is $4.50 general; $2.50 students. Tickets are available at the door, through the Arts Ticket Center in Eisenhower Auditorium or by calling (814) 863-0255.

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Percussion Ensemble

Penn State's Percussion Ensemble, directed by Gifford Howarth, instructor in music, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus. The concert is free to the public.

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Bach's Lunch

Essence of Joy, directed by Tony Leach, assistant professor of music, will present selections from its upcoming performances at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association for the Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus.

The free, 20-minute concert is part of the Bach's Lunch series sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture School of Music and the University Lutheran Parish.

After the concert, audience members may take their bag lunches to the Roy and Agnes Wilkinson Lounge in Eisenhower Chapel. Coffee and tea will be provided.

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Concert at Eisenhower

The Center for the Performing Arts presents singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park.

In 1974, Bridgewater sang on Broadway in the role of Glinda, the good witch, in "The Wiz." She won a Tony Award and went on to perform in Tokyo and Paris. In 1987 she recorded a Grammy-nominated album, and most recently completed a tribute album to Ella Fitzgerald.

Tickets are $25 for general admission; $21 for students; and $15 for children age 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, contact the Arts Ticket Center, open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, phone (800) 278-7849.

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Community Arts Center announces events

The Community Arts Center in Williamsport, part of Penn College, will host a number of acts in the coming months, including musician Bruce Hornsby and New Country singer Tracy Byrd. A listing of upcoming events follows. All events are at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

* Feb. 18: The Oak Ridge Boys. Tickets are $29.50, $24.50 and $19.50;

* Feb. 22: "Smokey Joe's Cafe," which celebrates the rock-and-roll legacy of songwriters Leiber and Stoller. Tickets are $33, $25.50 and $20.50;

* Feb. 26: Big Band '99, featuring the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, vocal quartet The Pied Pipers and vocalist Nancy Knorr. Tickets are $22.50 and $15.

* March 2: Singer Tom Jones. Tickets are $27.50 and $18.50;

* March 8: Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. No admission charge;

* March 13: Singers Don Mclean, Cheryl Wheeler and John Gorka. Tickets are $33, $23.50, $18.50 and $16.50;

* March 18: Country favorites The Statler Brothers. Tickets are $28.50;

* March 19: Point of Grace, a contemporary Christian group. Tickets are $18.50, $16.50 and $13.50;

* March 23: Broadway play "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Tickets are $33, $25.50 and $20.50.

* April 10: Williamsport Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34, $28, $23, $19 and $12;

* April 13: "Porgy and Bess." Tickets are $35, $25 and $18;

* April 16: Joint concert, "Cry, Cry, Cry," featuring folk artists Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky. Tickets are $22.50, $18.50 and $15;

* April 21: Bruce Hornsby and The Range. Tickets are $35, $27.50 and $21.50;

* April 24: "The Ragamuffins," a tribute to Rich Mullins, contemporary Christian singer who died in 1997. Tickets are $13.50, $11.50 and $9.50;

* May 4: "The King and I." Tickets are $33, $25.50 and $20.50; and

* May 21: Country artist Tracy Byrd, who has sold more than 3 million records. Tickets are $28.50, $23.50, $18.50.

For more information on any of these performances, call the Community Arts Center at (717) 326-2424 or the NAC Omni line at (800) 432-9382.

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Earthenware exhibit

Earthenware vessels by Kristen Gau, undergraduate in art education, are being shown in the exhibition area of the Kern Graduate Commons on the University Park campus.

The exhibition area is part of the main floor lounge.

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