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Performances are a highlight of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and First Night State College. Although seeing a performance on a screen isn’t the same as being there in person, it’s becoming our new normal, as we all strive to keep certain traditions alive in these unprecedented times.
In addition to musicians, we have some fun instructional videos, from how to make sticky buns to mixing craft cocktails, as well as artist interviews and studio tours.
So grab a snack and a beverage, scroll down to check out our December to Remember offerings, and enjoy!
We’re delighted to share some on-demand music from Festival performers with you. Some performers have downloads available for purchase. Please check their websites.
Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet
Presbybop Music is a musical venture of Bill Carter, jazz pianist and Presbyterian minister. After years of pretending to split the life of faith from the music of jazz, Bill has been trying to find links between the two halves of his brain. Presbybop is his attempt to integrate his faith with the rhythms of bebop.
In 1993 he formed the Presbybop Quartet with Al Hamme, his college music professor from Binghamton University. With the core lineup of drummer Ron Vincent and bassist Tony Marino, the band has evolved into a consort of musicians who have been turning heads on the musical scene. Based in northeastern Pennsylvania, Bill’s ensemble has presented concerts and jazz worship services in churches and venues around the country. Listen to them here.
Louise Page is a singer/songwriter based in Memphis. Her raw vocals, intricate lyrics, and piano prowess create a genre bending musical experience. She is joined by percussion, horns, and strings to lend a full, modern chamber orchestra sound to her alternative, jazz, pop, and classical original songs. Check out her songs Future Runaway Bride and Harpy here.
Tussey Mountain Moonshiners
Tussey Mountain Moonshiners is a progressive bluegrass/Americana band from central Pennsylvania. A Moonshiners performance features dynamic songwriting, singing, and strong improvisational musicianship from all five members, as the band creates energy and joy with audiences at every live show. In 2010, the band won the prestigious DelFest Bluegrass Band Competition in Cumberland, Maryland. The Moonshiners recently recorded their song Arts Festival Time for us. Listen to it here.
Jay Vonada has been playing concerts and festivals regionally since 2009, interpreting classics from the great American songbook and playing original compositions. Listen to his new work here.
Johnstown Symphony Chorus
The Johnstown Symphony Chorus created a virtual choir project to celebrate the 4th of July. Chorus Director Jeffrey L. Webb arranged America, the Beautiful specifically for the occasion. Forty members of the chorus participated in the project, which has been seen on Facebook and Youtube. Listen here.
Pure Cane Sugar
Pure Cane Sugar’s “assemblage of masterful melodies and haunting harmonies” have been captivating audiences since the band’s debut in 2007. Kate Twoey and Natalie Race’s sultry voices add a textured synergy over the intoxicating accompaniment of Jason “Junior” Tutwiler on slide guitar, Daryl Branford on drums, and Bob Hart on bass. Their dynamic live performances include an eclectic mix of original music and artful cover arrangements. Known for its fusion of acoustic, roots rock, blues and country, Pure Cane Sugar is one of the most popular bands that play at the festival. Listen to the band’s YouTube Playlist here.