We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Schedule of Events: Thursday July 13, 2017

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 07/13/2017 11:00 AM 07/13/2017 12:00 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 07/13/2017

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 2015.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 1:00 PM 07/13/2017 2:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Second Winds Swing. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/13/2017

The Second Winds, a Centre County band of 13 musicians, have been performing for audiences throughout Central Pennsylvania for over seventeen years. The band’s repertoire, as varied as the experience of the group members, incudes a mix of swing, big band, pop, rock, and jazz standards. Some of the group members may be changed over the years but their goal is still the same: to have fun and entertain audiences of all ages.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 2:00 PM 07/13/2017 3:00 PM America/New_York Behind the Scenes with Ben Model Informance. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/13/2017

How does a silent film accompanist make what he does look so easy? Learn how Ben Model does what he does from one of America’s leading silent film accompanists prior to his evening performance in Schwab Auditorium.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 3:00 PM 07/13/2017 4:30 PM America/New_York Performance by JT & the Denicats Blues. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/13/2017

The Denicats are five of central Pennsylvania’s most accomplished musicians, coming together to play great Blues music. “The song is what’s important, and all these guys know that,” says JT. “They’re all great players and they all support each other, knowing when to shine and when to lay back. That always makes for an exceptional performance.”

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 3:00 PM 07/13/2017 4:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Heritage Brass Brass ensemble. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/13/2017

Comprised of music teachers – past, present and (one hopes) future – Heritage Brass has played at many festivals and events in Central Pennsylvania, including the Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg, Music in the Park in Lebanon, and First Night State College.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 5:00 PM 07/13/2017 6:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Mama Corn 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 07/13/2017

Mama Corn is one of Pennsylvania’s hottest bluegrass bands and has helped define the sound and of the Pennsylvania bluegrass scene. Featuring five multi-talented singer-songwriters; playing guitar, banjo, dobro, harmonica, mandolin, and upright bass personify the spirit of traditional roots music. Mama Corn’s rich sound, chemistry and dynamic stage show has made it an audience favorite from events as diverse as The Historic Wheeling Jamboree, The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and Bethlehem’s Musikfest. The band released its third CD, Live and Learn this year.

This performance by Mama Corn is sponsored by Jersey Mike’s Subs.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 5:30 PM 07/13/2017 6:30 PM America/New_York Performance by The Monk's Brew 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 07/13/2017

The Monk’s Brew has been creating what JazzErie has described as a “unique brand of contemporary jazz” since October 2011, when the group met at Mercyhurst University. The Monk’s Brew is Dillon Shidemantle – trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals, Bobby Lucas – piano and keyboards, Alex McLaughlin – bass, and Michael Hibbler II – drums. Inspired by the jazz tradition, the band has endeavored to create the next generation of jazz music that is strong and smooth.

The Monk’s Brew recently performed at 2017 First Night State College.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 6:30 PM 07/13/2017 8:00 PM America/New_York Performance by the Joe Baione Trio Jazz. 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 07/14/2017

The youngest of three musical sons from musical parents, Joe Baione is a professional jazz vibraphonist, educator, and producer. By day, Baione is an energetic and highly creative band teacher and by night he continues that high energy, passion and creativity in his jazz performances. Joe and his band have performed at the prestigious Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay, the Temecula Valley Jazz Festival, and The Cape May Jazz Festival. Baione has opened for Michael Bolton, Monty Alexander, and the legendary Dave Brubeck.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 7:00 PM 07/13/2017 8:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The JD Eicher Pop. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/13/2017

Youngstown, Ohio’s native son, JD Eicher has played at colleges, festivals, and other venues across the northeast and Midwest as he and his band (formerly known as the Goodnights) have released four albums.

Eicher’s soaring and graceful pop-rock songcraft garnered favorable comparisons to Coldplay, Keane, and Death Cab for Cutie. Virgin America Airlines used one of the band’s songs in the teaser for the airline’s movie, Departure Date. Eicher created an EP of his music to accompany the release of the latest book by Nicholas Sparks called Two by Two. The musician and the author toured the country to promote this project

JD Eicher & the Goodnights shared the stage with such diverse and respected artists as the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Train, and Maroon 5.

JD Eicher released his most recent album, The Middle Distance, in 2016.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 7:30 PM 07/13/2017 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Philadelphia Phil and Friends Americana/blues/rockabilly. 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 Phil spent his childhood in Paris, Biloxi, Atlanta, and Swanton, Vermont, before landing in the steel mill town of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, where he grew up in the smokestack shadows of blue collar America. Escaping high school he made Philadelphia his home, alternating between the turf that gave the world John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones and Stanley Clark, and cities across America.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet, Philadelphia Phil, combines lively ragtime and fingerstyle blues interpretations of traditional Americana with original blues poems, songs and stories for a uniquely stirring acoustic performance. Audiences will enjoy his fresh take on traditional guitar music, philosophically whimsical lyrics, and powerful voice.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 7:30 PM 07/13/2017 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Academy of Sacred Music 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 07/13/2017

The Academy of Sacred Music promotes scholarship and skill development in the field of sacred music through ongoing formation of musicians from all religious traditions.

Its annual Choral Institute is a workshop for singers and conductors to strengthen and refine their musical skills. Through the Choral Institute, the Academy has produced performances of repertoire by composers as varied as Beethoven, John Rutter and Bruce Trinkley.

Choral Institute 2017 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Academy of Sacred Music. We will perform familiar Classical choruses and hymn arrangements from past Choral Institutes. The audience will be invited to join in singing several familiar hymns. The Choral Institute Choir, under the direction of Robert Long, will be joined by soloists and instrumentalists from central Pennsylvania.

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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

Experience Harold Lloyd’s 1923 silent film hit, Safety Last!, accompanied by a virtual theatre organ, an instrument developed by accompanist Ben Model. The virtual theatre organ uses an assemblage of keyboards and digital technologies to bring the movie palace sound of the Mighty Wurlitzer to twenty-first century theatres.

Safety Last! includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. The film was highly successful and critically hailed, and it cemented Lloyd’s status as a major figure in early motion pictures. The film is still seen as one of the great film comedies.

Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, and performs on both piano and theatre organ. Ben has performed around the nation, and internationally, carrying on a tradition he learned from works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues around the USA and internationally, carrying on a tradition he learned from the great silent film organist Lee Erwin.

In the course of his career, Ben has created and performed live scores for several hundred silent films, films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre.

Ben performs regularly at classic film festivals, universities, museums, and historic theaters across the country. He is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 19th season in New York City. He as composed film scores for both orchestra and concert band for accompaniment to films by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. These scores are performed around the U.S. every year by professional and school ensembles.

As the archivist of the Ernie Kovacs/Edie Adams collection, he has curated two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows for Shout! Factory, and was instrumental in the Library of Congress’ acquisition of the Kovacs film and videotape elements for preservation in 2015.

He is also a Visiting Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University.

His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel. His indie DVD label Undercrank Productions has released several discs of rare/lost silent films, including films preserved by the Library of Congress.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 8:00 PM 07/13/2017 9:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Harpeth Rising Chambergrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/thursday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State Theatre Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/13/2017

The three classically trained players of Harpeth Rising play original music, fusing folk, newgrass, rock, and classical into something truly their own. They marry the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

All three women began singing after they completed their instrumental studies, and found a passionate new musical avenue. They developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.

Cellist Maria Di Meglio is a Brooklyn native who grew up learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. Virginian Michelle Younger comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations. Jordana Greenberg, the violinist, grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child.

The group’s most recent album is Against All Tides, released in 2017.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 8:00 PM 07/13/2017 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 07/13/2017

Penn State NU Musical Theatre presents Elektric, music and lyrics by Caleb Smith, book by Emmie Smith.

Elektric, a musical adaptation of the classical story of Orestes and Elektra, pulls from all three major adaptations in the Greek canon, Oresteia by Aeschylus, Electra by Euripides and Electra by Sophocles. It is set in a world both modern and ancient, with a cast of characters straddling the 21st century in the city-state of Argos some ten years after the Trojan War.

Argos has become a tense and explosive city, declining into chaos after a long war. The streets are flooded with protesters and private military guards headed by our power hungry royal couple Klytemnestra and Aegisthus.

The main characters are Elektra and Orestes, twin siblings and dual heirs to the dying city. The long-separated twins, desperate for revenge, clash in a battle of wills and morality.

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 07/13/2017 9:00 PM 07/13/2017 10:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Sam Haiman Folk 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 07/13/2017

Writing music best described as “Hope for the Hopeless,” Sam Haiman has crafted a sound that is equally rooted in rock as it is in 90s alternative and modern country. Flavorful guitar hooks and catchy melodies sit atop a groove steeped in the music of the late sixties and seventies with a foot in contemporary rock.

Singer and lead guitarist Sam Haiman formed his band in early 2014 at a studio near his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After releasing an album later that year, the band hit the road, promoting it at venues along the east coast. The band has played at Bethlehem’s Musikfest and Fenway Park’s Collegefest in addition to other festivals, fairs, and club dates.

This performance by Sam Haiman is sponsored by Harpers.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 9:00 PM 07/13/2017 10:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Brother Sun Contemporary 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 07/13/2017

Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, and Pat Wictor are Brother Sun. They celebrate the amazing power of three-part male harmonies, singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop, and playing to standing ovations at festivals and theaters nationwide.

The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

Brother Sun’s music and message appeal to mainstream listeners and dedicated folkies alike, to people of widely divergent spiritual and political leanings, and fans of both contemporary and traditional music. They offer the hope of people uniting to create beauty in uncertain and unsettled times.

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Add to Calendar 07/13/2017 9:30 PM 07/13/2017 11:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Erin Condo's Love & Lightning Rock/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 07/13/2017

In the last few years, Erin has lived in different parts of the country- from Texas to Northern California, to North Carolina, along the way composing a new set of songs that draw from soul, swing, bluegrass, country, and good old rock and roll influences. Her songs tell stories of Texas prostitutes, cheating motel owners, colorful dresses, coal mining towns, and trouble with a capital “T”.

Erin lives in Millheim, Centre County’s little slice of Brooklyn.

This performance by Erin Condo’s Love & Lightning is sponsored by Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.

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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
  • Park: Sidney Friedman Park Stage
  • Presby: State College Presbyterian Church
  • Schwab: Schwab Auditorium
  • Shell: Festival Shell Stage
  • State: State Theatre
  • Theatre: Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

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