Tri-County Area YWCA’s 1st Women’s History Month Celebration 2014

Where: Montgomery County Community College West
101 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464

When: Sunday, March 09, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

RSVP: Dawn Short (610) 323 – 1888 ext. 202

Email: dshort@ywcatricountyarea.org

Price: $40 Includes performance & lunch

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $35 BEFORE FEB. 07
Get Your Tickets Now-This Event Is Sure To Sell Out Fast!

Featuring: Dr. Daisy Nelson Century - Dr. Daisy Nelson Century defines her role as a Historical Interpreter because she becomes that character.  She dresses like the character from that particular time period and weaves their story to the audience from birth to death.  She engages the audience through every phase of their life.  The audience will be right there to laugh, cry, sigh, and cheer as the character unfolds right in front of their eyes.  The performances are usually 35 minutes to 1 hour long. There is always room for questions at the end. 

Dr. Daisy Century has her Ed.D. She taught for over twenty years in the Philadelphia School System as an award winning science teacher.  She has become quite a history hound and historian researching information for her historical interpretations.

YWCA Tri-County Area  *  315 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

(610) 323 – 1888 *  www.ywcatricountyarea.org 

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Triumphs At Giant Center

I attended the 4:00 pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra show at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA this afternoon.  I have always been a big fan of TSO but have never been to one of their concerts.  Now I am an even bigger fan!

The concert lasted two hours and 35 minutes.  It’s divided into two parts.  Their new Christmas production, The Lost Christmas Eve and then after an introduction of the band and singers, they played a string of their songs from previous albums.  They ended with their Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen mash-up (which gets played on the radio a great deal this time of year).

Musically, I think they are superb.  Their level of talent is phenomenal and the music speaks for itself.  What you miss out on by not seeing them live is their incredible stage production.  All is can say is, WOW!  Lasers, strobes, fog, fire, pyrotechnics, elevated platforms and musicians running through the audience playing, is just some of what you can expect.  It is sensory overload, but in a good way.  I just saw Australian Pink Floyd at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA last month.  They have an amazing stage production and laser light show but it was nothing like what we were treated to by TSO!  This was Pink Floyd on steroids!

The crowd was into it and TSO really fed off of our energy.  They were doing a second show at 8:00 pm!  People were waiting to get in as we were leaving.  I bet they get an equally great show.  You can tell this group of musicians loves what they do!  They were having a great time entertaining us.

The tickets were very reasonably priced and my friends and I felt we got great value for our money based on the length of the show, the stage production and quality of the music.

I give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to TSO and highly recommend you go to one of their concerts if you are a fan.  You won’t be sorry!

To check out TSO tour dates or learn more about the group, you can visit their website here: http://www.trans-siberian.com/

I HEAR AMERICA SINGING – A Concert At Emmanuel Lutheran Church Pottstown

I HEAR AMERICA SINGING: A CELEBRATION OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT

The professional chamber ensemble CANTATICA will return to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 150 North Hanover Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania for the final concert of its 2010-2011 concert season on Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 PM.

The program, I Hear America Singing: A Celebration of the American Spirit, will feature solo voices, chamber choir and instruments (clarinet, violin, cello, bass and piano) performing early American hymns, Shaker songs, Afro-American spirituals, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle tunes, contemporary classical settings of Civil War texts, and classic jazz.  Included on the program will be works by Stephen Foster, Aaron Copland, John Williams, Erik Santos, Carol Barnett, Kirke Mechem, James Syler, Daron Hagen, John Dankworth, Jerome Kern, and George Shearing.

Admission to I Hear America Singing: A Celebration of the American Spirit is $14 Adults, $12 Seniors, and $6 Students.  Tickets may be purchased by email at info@cantatica.org, by telephone at (484) 951-5113 and at the door.  Reservations and additional information are available at info@cantatica.org or (484) 951-5113.

Now completing its fourth year of existence, CANTATICA is a new, progressive, non-profit musical organization devoted to broadening the scope of choral, vocal and instrumental music – its cultural connections, programming, and performance.  As a chamber ensemble and online resource center, CANTATICA seeks to contribute fresh ideas and new perspectives to the art and excellence of choral, vocal and instrumental music.  It also aims to celebrate and promote greater appreciation of the many wonderful musical styles and organizations in existence today.

CANTATICA is further dedicated to strengthening, enriching and diversifying the musical offerings in the Lehigh Valley, Greater Philadelphia and beyond.  And it is especially dedicated to supporting young and emerging professional musicians.

The CANTATICA Chamber Ensemble, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Tamte-Horan, Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor, is a unique, professional choral, vocal and instrumental ensemble making its debut in the summer of 2007.  The ensemble, based in the Lehigh Valley and Greater Philadelphia of Pennsylvania, is dedicated to high quality, innovative and engaging performances of a broad and eclectic range of musical styles including early to contemporary classical, folk/roots/world, theater/opera, a cappella, jazz, Celtic and Jewish.  The ensemble presents performances as part of an annual concert series, often in collaboration with other musicians and musical organizations in the region.

Membership in the CANTATICA Chamber Ensemble consists of a varied number of performers depending on the program being presented – established, emerging and aspiring professional musicians from Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Included are voices and various instruments including piano/synthesizer/organ, strings, winds, guitar, harp and percussion. All musicians are classically trained, versatile and highly competent as both solo and ensemble performing artists.

Dr. Michael Tamte-Horan is a choral conductor, educator and singer of more than 30 years, and an acknowledged leader in creative choral music programming and excellence in choral performance. He has conducted university and community based choral and orchestral organizations in various parts of the Mid-West and Eastern United States.  He is a former member and soloist with the renowned Dale Warland Singers, and has studied and/or sung with many leading choral conductors including Robert Shaw, Eric Ericson, Philip Brunelle, Joseph Flummerfelt, Maurice Casey, Louis Halsey, Donald Neuen, Alfred Mann, Weston Noble, Lara Hoggard, Howard Skinner, and Jon Washburn.

Dr. Tamte-Horan is listed in Who’s Who in America, a recipient of the VocalEssence/American Choral Directors Association MN Award for Creative Programming and Excellence in Choral Performance, and a past board member of the American Choral Directors Association.  His choirs have been featured at the major professional organization conferences and he has guest conducted numerous choral festivals in various parts of the United States.

Further information about CANTATICA is available at http://www.cantatica.org.