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2018-09-01 / Features

Arts Ahead


A scene from "Beautiful." Photo by Matthew Murphy.A scene from "Beautiful." Photo by Matthew Murphy.

From never-before-seen still lifes to well-loved musicals, the season of arts that kicks off each fall has much in store for local patrons. This year, for our annual Arts Preview feature, we asked curators, directors, managers and others who work in our many area museums, galleries and theaters for their pick of what’s not to be missed this season. Read on for “insider picks” from those in the know.


ART

The Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County will feature “Art of the Americas” in 2019, with four shows representing people living in North America: contemporary art by Northwest Coast Native people, Judaica ceremonials works, Native American pottery and Caribbean art in multiple media. Exhibits at the Palmer Museum of Art span genres and time periods but all promise to show visitors something they haven’t seen before.

Small spaces around town offer intimate looks into lesser-known artistic realms, whether it’s local artists or shows curated from around the world. The Art Alliance hosts an abstract show this fall, while The Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Millheim showcases inspiring work from local artists that’s all for sale.

Kicking Off Football Season
Pat House, executive director of the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County is proud to present We Are (Sept. 2-Oct. 31), a unique collection of photographs of fans attending football games in Beaver Stadium during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The excitement, joy and, sometimes, disappointment of fans is vividly displayed in these 36 photographs by Gerald Lang.

In 1996 Lang founded the Penn State digital photography program in the College of Arts and Architecture, embracing the then-revolutionary changes we now take for granted! Lang confronted the challenge that digital photography methods were not easily accepted in university photography courses. Creating visibility was essential to the support of this new program. Lang found a partner in his pursuit to bring digitalization to the world of sports photography in Sue Paterno, an avid student who enrolled in many photography classes, including the first digital class taught by Lang. Paterno subsequently arranged for Lang to photograph the action along the sidelines during home games, and she helped him acquire and test the new digital technology at football games. (133 North Allegheny St., Bellefonte; bellefontemuseum.org)

Still Lifes, Stimulating Programs
Erin Coe, director of the Palmer Museum of Art

Martin Johnson Heade, "The White Rose," c. 1874-80, oil on artist's board, 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches. Promised gift of Barbara Palmer.Martin Johnson Heade, "The White Rose," c. 1874-80, oil on artist's board, 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches. Promised gift of Barbara Palmer.My pick for this fall is the exhibition Object Lessons: American Still-Life Painting in the Nineteenth Century (Sept. 4-Dec. 16) that includes 22 rarely seen paintings, many of which are on loan to the Palmer from private collectors. Featured artists include masters of the still-life genre, several of whom were based in the Commonwealth such as William Michael Harnett, John Frederick Peto and Severin Rosen. The exhibition also includes American expatriate artists, among them Elihu Vedder and Charles Caryl Coleman — the latter’s spectacular painting Still Life with Peach Blossoms is the centerpiece of the show. Painted in Rome in 1877, this large-scale painting measures 6 feet in height and showcases a centralized flowering fruit tree set against a backdrop of Near Eastern style textiles and Venetian glass within an elaborate hand-carved frame of the artist’s own design.

This painting is on loan to the Palmer from the Art Bridges Foundation and is complemented by a range of public programming made possible by a grant from Art Bridges, a nonprofit foundation based in Bentonville, Arkansas. Given Penn State’s history as one of the nation’s first colleges of agricultural sciences, the Palmer is ideally suited to organize this exhibition and devise content-rich programs that catalyze discussions around American art and culture, horticulture and botany in the nineteenth century and the present day. (Curtin Road, University Park campus; palmermuseum.psu.edu)

Third Thursdays Are For Art Lovers
Brandi Breslin, museum educator at the Palmer Museum of Art

As the new museum educator at the Palmer Museum of Art, I am excited about our new Third Thursday events, which will introduce evening hours (6 to 9 p.m.) once a month during the fall and spring semesters. Each Third Thursday event will highlight a special theme throughout the museum with a variety of programs, including performances, art-making activities, gallery talks and photo opportunities — and refreshments will be served. As always, admission to the Palmer Museum is free. Fall 2018 Third Thursdays include: Sept. 20 – Third Thursday Launch Party; Oct. 18 – Mindful Making at the Museum; Nov. 15 – Acting Out at the Palmer. (Curtin Road, University Park campus;
palmermuseum.psu.edu)

Poetic Pastels
Joyce Robinson, curator at the Palmer Museum of Art

"Plenty," 2012, pastel on paper, 22 x 21 1/2 inches. Private collection."Plenty," 2012, pastel on paper, 22 x 21 1/2 inches. Private collection.My pick for the season is A Small Radius of Light (Sept. 25-Dec. 9), a major retrospective of the work of G. Daniel Massad. Although based in tiny Annville, Pennsylvania, Massad has a national reputation and is represented in major museum collections across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, both of which are lending works to this exhibition. His gorgeous still lifes — rendered meticulously in pastel — are deceptively complex… and mesmerizing. I’m particularly excited for visitors to see never-before-exhibited early work and figure drawings that shed new light on this very private artist. To top it all off, we’ll be showing many of the “ordinary” objects — collectibles, antiques, ceramic bowls — that inhabit the studio and home of this remarkable artist. (Curtin Road, University Park campus; palmermuseum.psu.edu)

Art for the Earth
Marie Doll, executive director of The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania presents exhibitions of the work of regional artists throughout the year at both our gallery in Lemont and our newest gallery on the Martin Luther King Plaza. We are always searching for ways to reach more people in the region and explore issues that are of concern to the communities we serve. The environment has been an issue that many artists have chosen to address in their work, some by celebrating the beauty of the Central Pennsylvania landscape, others by focusing on issues such as water quality and global warming. Our Green Art show (March 1-April 28, 2019) is sure to draw a diverse array of artwork and make a fascinating exhibition.
Green Art will also include poetry, music and educational components. Children will be taught to create art from recycled objects, and visitors can hear a panel of experts speak on environmental topics. For the second month of the show, the artwork will be changed to art made entirely from recycled materials. As the record attendance at the Palmer’s recent show Plastic Entanglements demonstrates, there is great interest in keeping items from ending up in landfills and having a “second life” as works of art. (818 Pike St., Lemont, & 127 Fraser St.; artalliancepa.org)

John Sloan, "Red Kimono on Roof," 1912, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. Indianapolis Museum of Art, James E. Roberts Fund, 54.55.John Sloan, "Red Kimono on Roof," 1912, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. Indianapolis Museum of Art, James E. Roberts Fund, 54.55.Urban Realist Close to Home
Adam Thomas, curator of American art at the Palmer Museum of Art

I’ve been interested in doing something on the artist John Sloan partly because he is a known quantity to many in Central Pennsylvania and is well-represented in the Palmer’s collection. Born in Lock Haven in 1871, Sloan cut his teeth in Philadelphia before becoming associated with the new urban realists of the so-called Ashcan School in New York City after the turn of the 20th century. From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of a New Urban Space (Feb. 5-May 12, 2019) focuses on an exciting subset of his career and includes important paintings and prints from numerous museums around the country. It’s also rounded out with works from several other artists for comparison and context. (Curtin Road, University Park campus; palmermuseum.psu.edu)

Institution Revolution
Ann Tarantino, director of the Woskob Family Gallery

"Race and Revolution," installation view at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. Photo courtesy Etienne Frossard."Race and Revolution," installation view at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. Photo courtesy Etienne Frossard.I am especially excited about the upcoming exhibition Race and Revolution: Still Separate, Still Unequal (Jan. 29 – April 6, 2019). This major group exhibition is currently touring university gallery and museum spaces and comes to us by way of Brooklyn, where it originated last year to critical acclaim. At Penn State, the exhibition (which is quite large) will be split across the Woskob Family Gallery and HUB-Robeson Center galleries. It’s a first for us to collaborate with the HUB, and a chance to share some challenging and edgy work with our audiences. The exhibition is co-curated by former high school teacher and museum educator Katie Fuller and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah, who was recently named senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Both Fuller and Ossei-Mensah will be on campus to install the show and will give a lecture — free and open to the public — in late January 2019 as well.

Race and Revolution: Still Separate, Still Unequal explores what the curators describe as the “enduring legacy of school segregation.” Works range from large-scale installation to historical documents to sculpture and works on paper, and together they set the stage for a dramatic cultural critique. In the exhibition, “the artists, most of them classroom teachers, share…their firsthand experiences of school culture in the 21st century United States.” The curators have shared with us a curriculum guide that can be incorporated in K-12 and college-level teaching, making it an exciting opportunity for the gallery to partner with the local schools as well as academic units on campus. The exhibition will be open to the public with free receptions in both spaces on Jan. 29, 2019. (Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., and HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park; woskobfamilygallery.psu.edu)

A New Look at Landscape
Tricia Berish, program manager at the Woskob Family Gallery

Rachel Eng, "Forest," 2018. Ceramic, paint, variable dimensions.Rachel Eng, "Forest," 2018. Ceramic, paint, variable dimensions.Artist Rachel Eng is assistant professor at Dickinson College and an alumna of the Penn State ceramics program. Her ceramic sculptures often explore climate change, and she pulls inspiration from her ecological surroundings, particularly the ocean. Eng’s work addresses climate change in novel ways that challenge audiences to consider this important topic in the visual realm as opposed to the academic.

Eng describes her work as “drawing attention to the complexity in the overlooked and unseen and making them monumental.” State College will get a firsthand look at her new work this fall, when her solo exhibition, even out (Sept. 17-Nov. 10), appears at the Woskob Family Gallery in downtown State College. even out is an exhibition of ceramic sculpture and works on paper that reference specific ecological locations from Eng’s own memories. Eng’s work shows pieces from ocean ecosystems or flora often seen on forest floors, and she exhibits these in areas that have long been without natural growing elements. This intrigues me, as it shows the cost of our constant industrializing and modernizing. We are cutting out very important parts of our own ecosystems for the sake of progression, without stopping to think, Should we? (Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St.;
woskobfamilygallery.psu.edu)


DANCE

Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts is bringing Ballet Hispanico, which performs dance by Latina choreographers, and BodyTraffic, a young LA-based dance company dubbed one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” During the holiday season, local dance companies roll out their Nutcrackers for area audiences, and the community can see what’s new in the world of dance through end-of-semester concerts by Penn State dance students.

Photo by Morgan and Owens.Photo by Morgan and Owens.

Bringing Under-told Stories to Life on Stage
Amy Vashaw, audience and program development director at CPA

Throughout this season, the Center for the Performing Arts will be celebrating strong, vibrant and powerful women and the contributions they have made to the arts. We’ve got a strong commitment to creating a more welcoming campus climate, inclusive of all people, and we do this by not only programming artists with diverse cultures, viewpoints, art forms and passions but engaging them with the community in ways that allow folks to experience the arts beyond being an audience member.

Of our many strong, diverse offerings, the artist ensemble I’m most excited about welcoming to our community for the coming season is Urban Bush Women, who will be performing their powerful piece of dance theatre, Hair and Other Stories (March 14, 2019). Urban Bush Women have been telling the stories of African-Americans across the diaspora for 34 years — if that isn’t a testament to their fierceness and tenacity, I don’t know what is! The company seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through movement. With Hair and Other Stories, the company will explore perceptions of body image, race, gender identity, economic inequities and perceived shared American values. What and who is beautiful? Who gets to define “beauty” in our culture? Deep themes that need to be urgently explored!

In addition to the performance onstage, they will be engaging with our community in fun and meaningful ways while they’re here. Plans are in the works for a community sing, which will feature songs of power, protest and celebration, and a dance workshop called Dance is for Every Body.

Throughout the season, we’ve planned a series of dance workshops in the Borough Building’s community room, in partnership with the Borough of State College. We are thrilled that the company members of Urban Bush Women will be leading one of those for us. The arts can be so powerful when we embody them. (102 Eisenhower Rd.; cpa.psu.edu)


THEATER

Photo by Matthew MurphyPhoto by Matthew Murphy

The CPA’s season includes some of Broadway’s hottest musicals, from Something Rotten! to The King and I and Kinky Boots, winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Local company FUSE Productions will look to replicate NBC’s success with a production of Jesus Christ Superstar next summer — and their track record makes it a good bet. Other local companies offer intimate performances with powerful acting and top-notch production.

The Audience Wins In This Game of Chess
Rich Biever, producing artistic director of FUSE Productions

FUSE Productions is starting its fifth season in September with the 1984 musical Chess (Sept. 13-15), written by Tim Rice (Evita) and ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It’s going to be an exciting production for many reasons. For starters, the show has never been produced in the area, and we love bringing underrepresented shows to State College audiences. Secondly, the material seems eerily relevant, given that it takes place in 1979 at the height of the Cold War.

Chess is a complex rock opera where the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics and international intrigue. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and a Hungarian-American female assistant who falls for the Russian. The players, lovers, politicians and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

To cap it off, we’re bringing three powerhouse performers — two of whom have Broadway credits — all alumni of the Penn State Musical Theatre program. Natalie Weiss (Wicked, Les Misérables) and Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story, The Cher Show) will be playing Florence and Freddie, respectively, while Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton (FUSE’s Les Misérables) will play the Russian grandmaster. (Schwab Auditorium, University Park; fuseproductions.org)

Beautiful Music
George Trudeau, director of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

My “insider pick” is the weeklong run of the national tour of the hit Broadway show Beautiful—The Carole King Musical (Feb. 19-24, 2019). Beautiful blew me away when I saw it on Broadway! It begins simply, with the actress who portrays Carole King at a piano singing one of her hits. It then whisks us to when King was a teenager attempting to break into the music world as a songwriter — tough to do as a woman in the late 1950s.

In telling the story of one of the great creative artists of our time, with all the ups and downs of life and the music world, Beautiful reminds us of, and perhaps sometimes surprises us with, many of the hits written by King and her husband-partner Gerry Goffin — plus their songwriter friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.

Whether you grew up hearing these songs on the radio or came to know them long after they were hits, you’ll be swept along as one song after another propels the story of King’s amazing life and career. Along the way, we’re treated to (actor-recreated) performances by groups of the time — including The Drifters, The Shirelles and The Righteous Brothers — who had hits with songs written by King-Goffin and Weil-Mann.

Even though some people might not associate certain songs with King or her fellow songwriters, I guarantee audiences will know these chart-toppers. They include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and many others.

Beautiful remains one of the top 10 shows on Broadway. I’m sure for everyone who attends the national tour performances at Penn State, it will be on their short list of favorite presentations this season. (102 Eisenhower Rd.; cpa.psu.edu)

Relevant Tales
Rick Lombardo, director of Penn State’s School of Theatre

I think this season is a great balancing act between being great for both students and the community audience. Looking at the two musicals, Legally Blonde (Oct. 2-11) is the one that’s better known, and it certainly appeals to the student population as well as to the general community. But it’s really a pretty smart musical. Hands on a Hardbody (Feb. 19-March 1, 2019) I think is a sleeper musical. When I saw the show for the first time, it just blew my mind. I was sitting there thinking, ‘How is somebody making a musical about a documentary about folks at an auto dealership trying to win a truck by seeing how long they can keep their hand on it?’ It’s so brilliant and smart, so thought-provoking and heartfelt.

And then the two plays: To Kill a Mockingbird (April 2-12, 2019) is a very popular title but it is also still an urgent story for us to experience right now. Harper Lee’s story still touches a pretty raw nerve in American society around issues of race and class. Clybourne Park (Nov. 6-15) is one of the best contemporary plays of the last 10 years and again dealing with urgent issues — social, political — that we’re reading about in headlines right now in a very entertaining and clever package.

All of these plays in a sense are asking some pretty significant questions about the ramifications of the choices we make as human and as Americans. That’s a good thing to be thinking about. (Playhouse Theatre, University Park; theatre.psu.edu)

Storytime for All Ages
Cynthia Mazzant, artistic director and CEO at Tempest Productions

Tempest Productions presents The Velveteen Rabbit (June 21-23, 2019), adapted for the stage by Cynthia Mazzant with original music by Roxy Arrojo. Based on the classic fable written by Margery Williams in 1922, the story follows the journey of a toy rabbit that becomes real with the help of a boy who loves him very much.

The story is a simple one — told in a simple manner — but the message is profound. Time and attention from a friend can open a new world to you, and the power of love can transform you.
Learning to cope with a dynamic, changing world, reminding us of what is real, good, true and beautiful, the play brings to life important messages for both children and adults. To a child, this is a story of friendship and acceptance; to an adult, it is a story that reminds us to accept ourselves as persons worthy of being loved and how, through our loving relationships, we too become our real selves.

The Velveteen Rabbit is a part of Tempest’s StoryBook Theatre, where books are brought to life in performance. The series is designed to support reading education and encourage family literacy while building strong foundations that encourage children to become avid readers. (The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave.; tempestproductions.org)

The Next Brilliant Thing
Mary Skees, producing artistic director and co-founder of The Next Stage Theatre Company

Not long ago, someone characterized The Next Stage Theatre Company’s work this way: “No glitz. Just guts. Good theater. Done small.” After a brief fling with big this summer, the final production of our 2018 season (our 23rd) will take us back to small — and to guts.

“You’re seven years old.
Mum’s in hospital.
Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid.’
She finds it hard to be happy.
You start a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.
You leave it on her pillow.
You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling.”

We’re excited to present a one-character fully-in-the-round production of Every Brilliant Thing (Nov. 12-18) by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe. This experience — and that’s exactly what it is — relies partly on a script and partly on the narrator improvising with willing members of the audience. The audience will experience a different play every performance. The material has been developed by filtering it through hundreds of audiences internationally since 2013.

It’s a kind of tightrope act, but with words, beautiful, heart-wrenching and very funny. Come just to watch, or come to join in. To cry and to laugh. To feel and to float. (The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave.; thestatetheatre.org)


MUSIC

Photo by Dennis Andersen PhotographyPhoto by Dennis Andersen Photography

From Jazz in the Attic to the State College Choral Society in Eisenhower, State College is home and host to all kinds of beautiful music. The CPA brings outstanding classical music to Eisenhower and Schwab, and our local orchestras have a rich history and top-notch performers. Plus The State Theatre gives national and local acts a place to play to a great crowd, while the BJC brings the big guns to town.

Stories and Songs
Kerry Cavanaugh, assistant director of marketing and operations at The State Theatre

Arlo Guthrie is returning to The State Theatre this fall with his “Alice’s Restaurant Back By Popular Demand Tour” featuring Sarah Lee Guthrie (Oct. 28). Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and one of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artists Woody Guthrie. Arlo has himself become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost 60 years. He burst onto the scene with the album Alice’s Restaurant and spent the ’70s mastering the emerging singer/songwriter genre before going truly independent in the ’80s.

Arlo’s gift for storytelling and songwriting, DIY ethos and political activism have won him the admiration and respect of his peers and fans. Arlo’s live shows often contain stories weaved throughout his repertoire of original and cover songs. In these dispatches from the counterculture, Arlo talks about growing up with his iconic father and meeting countercultural favorites like Wavy Gravy. Some say these stories alone are worth the price of admission.

A few years ago, Arlo toured in support of the 50th anniversary of his breakout album Alice’s Restaurant. The tour was so successful that he is now performing the “Alice’s Restaurant Back By Popular Demand Tour” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film by the same name, directed by Arthur Penn. The music and ethos of Arlo Guthrie seems to resonate with State College residents, as he has sold out The State the last few times he played here — and he is on track to sell out again. (130 W. College Ave.; thestatetheatre.org)

Bringing Sexy Back
Bernie Punt, director of marketing at the Bryce Jordan Center

This fall will be my last hurrah at the Bryce Jordan Center, so this decision was an extremely difficult one for me.

Since Elton John’s Farwell Yellow Brick Road Tour and Metallica’s World Wired Tour are already sold out, I am picking Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour (Oct. 15) just based on the cutting-edge production and choreography alone. J.T. magically makes full use of a large venue in as complete a way as possible. With more than two decades of experience performing in front of large crowds, he certainly knows how to maintain an audience’s attention as a great entertainer. Combine that with the show’s technology, and ticket holders will be talking about this party for years to come. And while this may sound clichéd, there will not be a bad seat in the house. I can’t wait for people to be blown away.
What also makes this show special for the Jordan Center is how this tour is visiting large cities all over North America and Europe, so it is still surreal for me to see our town listed on his itinerary. (University Park; bjc.psu.edu)

Come Together
Karen Gregg, executive director at The State Theatre

Throughout the year, The State Theatre partners with many nonprofits to raise money and awareness for others. Over the last few years, The State Theatre has had a signature show to raise funds for the theater itself, which is also a nonprofit. Past signature shows have been to celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday, The State Theatre’s 10th anniversary gala and last year’s “At Last with Ella and Etta.” This year, Rick Hirsch and Zeropoint Big Band will present “Beatles Go Big Band” (Dec. 1).

“The Beatles’ catalog is so rich, and we thought it would be really fertile ground to reinterpret,” says Hirsch. “We have Zeropoint Big Band as the house orchestra, and vocalists Elizabeth Kennedy, Eric Ian Farmer, Erin Condo, Noah Figlin, Ted McCloskey and Natalie Race lined up. I’ll be working this fall with all the vocalists and writing custom arrangements around their voices to fit with the orchestra. Some will be pretty straightforward and rocking, like with Ted, and some will be more soulful interpretations with Eric or jazz interpretations with Elizabeth. Each of the vocalists brings a different flavor, so it’s not going to be just a Beatles cover show.” (130 W. College Ave.; thestatetheatre.org)

Opening Tour
Michael Jinbo, music director and conductor of the Nittany Valley Symphony


Nittany Valley Symphony presents “A Grand Tour” (Sept. 23) to open the 2018-2019 season, Symphonic Splendor. The term “grand tour” — which originated in the 18th century — refers to a cultural tour of Europe. Originally undertaken only by upper-class young men of means, now everyone can go on a grand tour! The performance features light classical selections from France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Romania, Hungary and Bohemia, plus works by American composers. This highly accessible program is ideal for all listeners, including those who aren’t regular classical music lovers. The music is fun and lively, and many of the selections will be familiar to the entire audience.
The program includes: Bernstein’s Overture to ‘Candide’; Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1; Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 10; Johann Strauss’ Tales from the Vienna Woods; Enesco’s Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1; Respighi’s Tarantella; Denza’s Funiculì, Funiculà; Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Spanish Dance No. 1; Bizet’s Farandole; and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. (Mt. Nittany Middle School Auditorium, 656 Brandywine Dr.; nvs.org)

Let It Snow
Susan Kroeker, executive director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra

The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra will be adding a unique and highly entertaining family concert to their 2018-2019 season sure to enchant children, families and the young at heart. The orchestra will present The Snow Queen Past and Present (Nov. 3) with the Hudson Vagabond Puppets and a very special narrator. Hans Christian Anderson’s magical tale “The Snow Queen” will come to life onstage with giant dancing marionettes accompanied by the music of Corelli performed by the strings of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. Actress Carolyn Peck, as the present-day Snow Queen, will narrate, and the performance will end with a royal costume parade for the children in the audience to music from Frozen as performed by the orchestra.

The performance will be a wonderful way for young children and their families to hear live orchestral music by a professional orchestra while being entertained by professional actors, dancers and puppeteers from New York. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess, prince or fairy tale character for the costume parade. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet the Snow Queen after the concert. (Park Forest Middle School; pachamberorchestra.org) •SCM

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