FRENCH CREEK BRASS: First Presbyterian Church of Meadville has named the French Creek Brass its artists-in-residence for the 2013-14 season. This quintet of players comprises Jennifer Dearden and Daniel Honeycutt of Meadville, trumpets; Ken Russo of Pittsburgh, horn; Ronald Stitt of Edinboro, trombone; and Gary Viebranz of Erie, tuba. This quintet will provide special music on several Sundays throughout the church year. Its first appearance will be Oct. 20 at the 11 a.m. worship, with music by Jeremy Bankson, John Cheetham, and Percy Grainger. More information: Contact Kevin Dill at 333-2161 or email@example.com.
LORI SIMS: Internationally known pianist Lori Sims will perform a free concert on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. She will perform the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d minor, BWV 90, by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Fantasia (Variations), Opus 25, by Ben Weber; “Excursions,” Opus 20, by Samuel Barber; and “Carnaval,” Opus 9, by Robert Schumann. Her concert at Allegheny College is made possible through the generosity of Meadville resident Charles Shortt, in memory of his wife, Meredith, who was also a pianist.
‘BASICALLY BRITISH’: The sounds of Britain will be the theme of a free concert taking place in Allegheny College’s Ford Chapel on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. This collaboration between the Allegheny College Department of Music and the First Presbyterian Church of Meadville showcases works by composers from the British Isles, ranging from the Renaissance to the modern era. Headlining the concert are the Allegheny College Brass Quintet and Trumpet Ensemble, coached by professor Jennifer Dearden. Solo performers include Dearden and tenor Andrew Daigle, accompanied by Kevin Dill, music director of First Presbyterian Church. This concert also marks the debut of the Kinesis Handbell Ensemble, made up of select ringers from the bell choir of First Presbyterian.
FREE JAM: Every Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. for anyone looking to play, sing, dance or just sit back and watch, at Wild Country Dance Hall, corner of routes 19 and 198, Saegertown. More information: Ed or Jan, 282-4608 or 398-1463.
RASCAL FLATTS: With special guests The Band Perry and the winner of The Voice season 3, Cassadee Pope on Oct. 17 at Erie Insurance Arena. Tickets: Visit ticketmaster.com or the venue box office; or call (800) 745-3000.
ERIE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Begins Luther Memorial Concert Series on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, 256 W. 10th St. Erie. Fawzi Haimor will be guest conductor. In late August, harpsichord soloist Claudia Hoca was involved in a car accident following a performance with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. This performance was to feature her talents. While in recovery, the Erie Chamber Orchestra honors her with a performance by her friend and violinist Charles Castleman.
SHENANGO VALLEY JAMBOREE: Classic country and gospel music on Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the ballroom at Juniper Village of the Shenango Inn, Sharon. No admission, donations and snacks accepted. More information: Call (724) 456-2571 or (724) 866-4666.
KEN AND CINDY HALL: Ken Hall and his wife, Cindy, perform Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, 270 Seneca St., Oil City. Cindy plays the flute as Ken accompanies her on piano. Their music includes a diverse mixture of traditional, folk and original compositions. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. More information: Call (814) 676-2007.
EDINBORO CONCERT SERIES: The fall 2013 semester’s First Friday Concert Series is free to Edinboro University students. There is a fee for all others. The following is the schedule for the concert series: Nov. 1, Erik Mann (guitar); and Dec. 6, Music Major Student Showcase. Concerts begin at 12:15 p.m. in the William P. Alexander Music Center Recital Hall. More information: Visit edinboro.edu/departments/music/first-friday-concerts.dot.
CONCERT BAND OF NWPA: The Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania concludes its 2013 fall season in with ‘A Concert in the Broadway Mode’ on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at the H. O. Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Memorial Library on the Bayfront Parkway. The concert is free to the public and no reservations are needed. Donations to the band are always welcome. More information: Call (814) 734-4389.
CHURCH MUSIC JAM: A free, open-to-the-public country, gospel and bluegrass music jam is the first Saturday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Apostolic Church in Greenville across from The Medicine Shoppe. No drugs, alcohol or smoking is allowed. All are invited to enjoy and/or to bring their instruments and play.
ELTON JOHN: Nov. 18 at Erie Insurance Arena. Tickets on sale at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857.
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED: Formed by original members of the iconic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, the band performs on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Tickets may be purchased by calling (330) 259-0555 or by visiting stambaughauditorium.com.
ZAC BROWN BAND: Permoing Dec. 13 at Erie Insurance Arena with special guests Dugas & AJ Ghent. Tickets: Visit the Erie Insurance Arena box office or call (814) 452-4857.
JAY Z: Jan. 8 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland; Jan. 21 at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh; Jan. 30 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y.; and Jan. 31 at Bryce Jordan Center, State College. Tickets at livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
DRAKE: CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 18. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
JOSH GROBAN: Nov. 2 at CONSOL Energy Center. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: Dec. 7 at 3 and 8 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center, performing ‘The Lost Christmas Eve.’ A portion of the proceeds from every ticket benefit Dollar Energy Fund and WQED programming and community services. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: The 20/20 Experience World Tour at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 14. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday night in Meadville
Meadville Council on the Arts' Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday the Heeschen Gallery (second floor of the Market House) and runs through May 24. The photography show features photographs from artists living with 250 miles of Meadville. The public is invited to a reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. when the awards will be announced.
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