Schedule of Events: Thursday July 14, 2016

Here are the Festival performances and activities we have scheduled for Thursday. Click on the + for each listing to learn more. We’re still finalizing details, so check back soon for more current information.

A key for the locations is provided at the bottom of the page. Events marked with a B require a Festival Button for admittance.

Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 11:30 AM 07/14/2016 12:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Jay Vonada Quartet Jazz. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Jay Vonada attended Mansfield University where he found his true musical love, jazz.

After college Jay was the Lead Trombonist with the Keystone Society of Swing Big Band in addition to playing in several other musical groups

His quartet has played Lewisburg Live, the Bellefonte Library Concert Series, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College and the South Hills Business School Summer Concert Series in State College to name a few. This quartet released its first CD titled Expressions in 2014.

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Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania is home to a classical ballet school, youth performing company, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra. The school’s dance students perform with the its orchestral students, providing dancers a rare opportunity to perform to live music, an musicians an equally valuable experience playing for dancers.

Join the makers at The Makery to create a custom, colorful art journal from vintage Festival posters.  This family-friendly workshop will highlight bookbinding and hand-stitching skills.

This workshop is sponsored by Happy Valley LaunchBox.

Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 1:30 PM 07/14/2016 2:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Below Centre Brass quartet. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Instruments that play the bass parts are often the unsung heroes of the symphonic band. The public can name famous trumpeters and flutists, but it’s pretty difficult to name a famous euphonium player. Actually, it’s even much more difficult to spell “euphonium” than it is to spell “flute”. The dulcet tones of Below Centre might just change that as they create a melodic presence from the Allen Street Stage.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 2:30 PM 07/14/2016 3:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Temple Avenue Jazz. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Temple Avenue is a young swing-jazz combo featuring dynamic vocalist Chelsea Reed.

The five-year-old group consists mostly of graduates from Temple University’s acclaimed jazz program. Temple Avenue’s potent rhythm section, inventive soloists and fresh arrangements energize both familiar and little-known tunes. The group has performed at the Berks Jazz Fest, the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, and Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 3:30 PM 07/14/2016 4:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Border Ride Jazz/Bluegrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Border Ride is a progressive bluegrass band known for its well-blended vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Pulling influences from a wide range of genres, the band crafts a unique musical experience that caters to a wide audience. Scott and Cathy Pearson, Jimmy Metz, Darla Evans, and Nelson Boosel, make up the group. Along with their high-energy stage presence, the band is known for their award-winning and dynamic talents, always staying one step ahead of audience expectations.

The band won the Oil Country Bluegrass Festival band competition (2012), also taking the Audience Favorite award. Their debut album, Don’t Look Back (2014) sees their individual talents in perfect synergy. Exploring the genres of traditional bluegrass, Americana, rock, and country, the band’s appetite for original compositions is never satisfied.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 5:00 PM 07/14/2016 6:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Arietta Women's Chorus Choral. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Arietta Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Janice Mianulli, was founded in 2001 by a group of musicians who did not want to give up singing during the State College Choral Society summer hiatus. Since its inception, Arietta has performed with the State College Choral Society, and at national conferences at Penn State in addition to performing for church, community and service organizations, as well as at private events.

Arietta has joined the Juniata College Women’s Chamber Choir for the past several years to perform holiday concerts, both in State College and Huntingdon. Arietta is best known for its rich “womanly” sound, extraordinary musicianship, and its ability and willingness to take on challenging repertoire of all styles, ages, cultures and languages.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 5:00 PM 07/14/2016 6:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Deb Callahan Band Blues/Soul. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Philadelphia’s blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter Deb Callahan grew up in the Boston area but has been a mainstay on the mid-Atlantic music scene since the late 90’s. During this time she has gained a reputation for writing creative blues, soul and roots influenced original music and using her powerful, expressive voice to deliver an exciting live show.

Her 2002 debut CD If the Blues Had Wings was featured as the hot debut in the October/November 2004 issue of Blues Revue magazine. Blues Revue referred to her as the next Bonnie Raitt and raved “Philly’s Deb Callahan has the pipes, the songs and the raw talent to graduate to the next level”. Callahan released her 5th CD, Sweet Soul, in late 2015.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 6:30 PM 07/14/2016 8:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The Feinberg Brothers Bluegrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

The Feinberg Brothers hail from deep in the heart of bluegrass country—Long Island, New York. Classically trained brothers Rourke (fiddle) and Patrick (mandolin), two of the top young bluegrass artists in the northeast, are backed up by their father, Ronnie Feinberg on bass and some of the best bluegrass musicians in the region.  The band has played at bluegrass festivals, traditional country music shows, and in clubs throughout the bluegrass word.

The Feinberg Brothers released their eponymous album in 2015.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 7:00 PM 07/14/2016 8:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Rick Hirsch 4 Jazz. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

As saxophone-driven band interpreting rock and pop music through a unique filter of earthy jazz, drum and bass, and soul music, the RH4 stimulates and entertains as it sheds new light on classic tunes by The Beatles, Van Morrison, Nirvana, and Eric Clapton.

The band also performs the evocative originals of Rick Hirsch, an award-winning composer. Although the band is making music without a net (i.e. the game plan is to expect spontaneity), everything it does is rooted in melody, and grove.

Rick Hirsch is joined in the RH4 by Kevin Lowe on drums, Jeff Beck on bass, and Mac Himes on guitar.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 7:00 PM 07/14/2016 8:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The JR Mangan Band Rock. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

J.R. Mangan, guitarist/singer, has been part of the State College music scene for over 23 years and has loved every minute of it. Olivia Jones is J.R.’s latest vocalist joining a long line of talented female singers. Also joining Mangan this year are long-time band mates Mark Toce (guitar), Jason Ebersole (bass), and with John Lynch on drums. Their show promises to be up-beat and entertaining, with songs ranging from classic rock, R&B, country, and a few originals. This will be J.R.’s 26th  Festival appearance.

This performance by the JR Mangan Band is sponsored by Mortgage Source.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 7:30 PM 07/14/2016 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Vocal Jazz Quartet Jazz. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Vocal Jazz Quartet, known to its fans as VJQ, is a Williamsport, PA-based group formed by musicians seeking to bring the vocal jazz genre to the region.

Performing a wide spectrum of vocal jazz, VJQ’s repertoire includes many standards, blues, Latin jazz, funk, swing, and pop selections. Backed by an instrumental trio, the group sings original arrangements as well as charts made popular by groups such as The Manhattan Transfer, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and the New York Voices.

Since its beginnings in 1994 VJQ’s personnel has remained virtually unchanged. Lucy Henry is the group’s soprano, and Cathy Byham sings alto, (although, to tell the truth, they frequently switch places!); Craig Weaver sings tenor and Tom Shellenberger is the bass. The Vocal Jazz Quartet has performed at many venues over the years, from private events to festivals to the Little League World Series.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 8:00 PM 07/14/2016 9:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Les Poules a Colin Quebecois folk. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Les Poules a Colin are a young band from Québec’s Lanaudière region famous for its traditional music. The five learned their craft firsthand from the finest in the genre. On top of natural talent, energy and respect for the repertoire, they have beautifully arranged new and traditional tunes and (mainly French) songs.

Their sound features gorgeous instrumentals, vocal and rhythmic prowess. They create a seamless blend of Québécois roots with American influences (bluegrass, cajun, jazz, Appalachia) and string­bending, moody effects that speaks eloquently to their own generation

Les Poules a Colin have played Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sunfest London, Pop Montreal, Mémoire et Racines, Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac and toured France and the United States. This summer they perform at both Vancouver Folk Festival and Vancouver Island MusicFest, Harrison Festival and at La Grande Rencontre.

The group has recorded two albums, Hébertisme Nocturne (2011) and Ste-Waves (2014).

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 8:00 PM 07/14/2016 10:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Penn State NU Musical Theatre Musical Theatre Workshop. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Penn State Downtown Theatre Centre Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Penn State NU Musical Theatre is proud to present Deep Water Ballad.

The town of Deep Water, West Virginia, is on the brink of enormous change. After a terrible mining accident leaves three dead, politicians and profiteers want to revolutionize the local coal industry. Their answer is surface mining, aptly nicknamed “mountaintop removal” by residents of the region. Daniel Dawson, a young coal miner, and Grace Milbach, a would-be model, are brought together by tragedy. They must face the hard facts of their changing world and hold fast to each other amid the scandal, lies, and environmental ruin raging around them. The choices they make today will forever change the scope of their lives and the fate of their community.

Penn State’s NU Musical Theatre explores, encourages, and fosters new works of musical theatre in an educational setting, giving students at Penn State access to the professional world of musical theatre. Penn State’s Nu Musical Theatre allows up-and-coming composers, lyricists, and book writers to workshop their original musical theatre pieces. The performances of these works feature students from Penn State’s Musical Theatre program.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 9:00 PM 07/14/2016 10:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Border Ride Bluegrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Border Ride is a progressive bluegrass band known for its well-blended vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Pulling influences from a wide range of genres, the band crafts a unique musical experience that caters to a wide audience. Scott and Cathy Pearson, Jimmy Metz, Darla Evans, and Nelson Boosel, make up the group. Along with their high-energy stage presence, the band is known for their award-winning and dynamic talents, always staying one step ahead of audience expectations.

The band won the Oil Country Bluegrass Festival band competition (2012), also taking the Audience Favorite award. Their debut album, Don’t Look Back (2014) sees their individual talents in perfect synergy. Exploring the genres of traditional bluegrass, Americana, rock, and country, the band’s appetite for original compositions is never satisfied.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 9:00 PM 07/14/2016 10:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Felix and the Hurricanes Blues/rock. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Breaking into the central Pennsylvania music scene twenty years ago, the three-member southern-style blues rock outfit has exemplified what it means to endure as a musical force – and what it means to be a working band.

And passionate they are. The band’s founding member and namesake, Felix Kos (guitar and vocals), Bobby Watters (drums and vocals) and Jeff Clapper (bass and vocals) – the band’s lineup since 1998 – have thrived not only on a fierce playing schedule, but also on expert musicianship, spontaneity and the fine art of showing audiences a good time.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2016 9:00 PM 07/14/2016 10:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Alex Meixner World folk/polka. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2016

Alex Meixner’s performing career began at age 6 with his two sisters and father in an ethnic folk ensemble. From these early experiences through headline appearances at music festivals throughout the United States; concert performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, not to mention former Wheat Thins pitchwoman Sandy Duncan, and his own jazz and ethnic ensembles. With over fifty recordings to date, Meixner has developed a unique musical mix that appeals to a wide cross-section of audiences.

Meixner’s formative musical studies were on piano and piano accordion, but he quickly branched out on drums, diatonic button accordion, bass and trumpet, his college major. Alex is the rare touring accordionist with a master’s degree in music from Penn State. (Myron Floren, eat your heart out!)

This instrumental versatility is combined with a musical background that has included intense studies and performance of jazz, classical, pop, polkas and many ethnic folk music genres with some of the leading artists in the world.

Alex’s performances are a high energy event not to be missed.

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Today the Sidney Friedman Park Stage is sponsored by AccuWeather.

AccuWeather
East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew

Today the Sidney Friedman Park Stage performances are sponsored by The East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew.

Today the Allen Street Stage is sponsored by First National Bank.

First National Bank
HappyValley.com

Today the Festival Shell is sponsored by HappyValley.com.


Location Key

B = Button required for admittance

  • Allen: Allen Street Stage
  • Makery: The Makery
  • Muni: State College Municipal Building
  • Park: Sidney Friedman Park Stage
  • Presby: State College Presbyterian Church
  • Shell: Festival Shell Stage
  • St. Andrews: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • State: State Theatre
  • Theatre: Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
  • Willard: Willard Plaza

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