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Art on the Rox: A Knight in Camelot
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Entertainment Fit for a King!
Produced by James Critchfield

Sean Patrick Regan, Bagpipes
Performing Selections:

"Camelot" (Prelude)-Frederick Loewe
"Castle Dangerous" (March)-James Haugh
"Pixie's Lullaby" (Slow Air)-Sean Patrick Regan
 "The Ballachulish Walkabout" (Hornpipe)-John D. Burgess
 "The Blue Cloud" (Jig)-Adam Quinn
 "Scotland the Brave" (March)-Traditional

Sean Patrick ReganSean begins the third generation in a family of pipers. At age 23, he is one of the most experienced performers and instructors of the Great Highland Bagpipe on the east coast. Sean has won numerous awards in his young but already prolific career includingthe 2012 Midwest Grade 1 Solo Championship, and the Pipe Band Scholarship at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he is presently pursuing a BA in Music Education with a focus in bagpiping. At 19, he became one of the youngest people in the world to teach piping as a guest at the College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland, and in 2012 directed the inaugural session of the Edinboro Scottish Arts Summer Camp, in Edinboro, PA. He also teaches Scottish snare, tenor, and bass drum, and writes drum scores for bands in Grades V an IV. He is available to perform at your event, or to instruct bands and individuals in person or via Skype.

 

Joseph GainesJoseph Gaines
Tenor, "Many Moons Ago" from Once Upon A Mattress

Joseph is a highly versatile and increasingly sought-after operatic and concert artist. His stage experience includes roles from Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Falstaff, Orpheus In the Underworld, and Eugene Onegin, among others. He has performed in Opera companies all across the country including the two right here in Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Opera and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Praised for his beautifully-sung and well-acted interpretations of character roles, Joseph has been described as "such an exuberant performer you couldn't help but smile." Also a favorite of critics and audiences on the concert stage, he has been a feautred soloist with some of the finest American orchestras. His 2012-2013 season will include MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Goro) with Pittsburgh Opera, marking his fifth production with the company; Maximillian in CANDIDE with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's inaugural SummerFest season; concerts with the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, and Philadelphia-based Lyric Fest; and his company debut in THE MAGIC FLUTE (Monostatos) with Opera Company of Philadelphia.  Joe studied singing with Joseph Evans at the University of Houston, and with Christina Wartenberg at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany. He now studies with Leyna Gabriele in New York, and is represented by John Miller of Pinnacle Arts Management. A native of Houston, Texas, Gaines currently resides in Pittsburgh.

 

Mid-Atlantic Contemporary BalletMid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet
"Many Moons Ago" from Once Upon A Mattress

Choreographed by Gerard Holt
Alexis Bomer (as The Princess)
Alexis Connors (as The Queen)
Micheal Forrest (as The Prince)

MAC Ballet is in residence at the Father Ryan Arts Center and is helping us to build a stronger and more expansive dance program for our community and beyond. MAC Ballet is a small Pittsburgh-based company with a wide range of styles in its repertoire, from contemporary ballet pieces such as Mr. Holt's "Last of the Trojan Women" to classical ballet and modern dance.

As a small contemporary ballet company, MAC Ballet is available for touring engagements and can perform in most venues that larger companies cannot. Located in the Father Ryan Arts Center and only minutes from Downtown, MAC Ballet is committed to bringing quality art to the communities it serves and tothe world at large.

 

Edinboro University ChoraleEdinboro University of Pennsylvania Chorale Under the direction of Dr. Peter van den Honert

The University Chorale is a chamber ensemble selected by audition from the University Singers.

 

“Fair Phyllis,” John Farmer   
“Ave verum corpus,” William Byrd
“In Remembrance (from Requiem),” Eleanor Daley
“With Serving Still  (from Three Madrigals),” Douglas Starr (Text by Thomas Wyatt)

The Chorale's repertoire includes madrigals from the sixteenth century to the present, as well as other chamber works, and vocal jazz. The University Chorale also maintains an active performance schedule, both on and off campus. Dr. Peter Van Der Honert is Director of Choral Activities at Edinboro University, conducting the University Singers and University Chorale. He also teaches choral conducting, and Choral Arranging, and is a past member of the ACDA PA state Board of Directors. He has a special interest in New England folk songs, and has published several choral arrangements of them. Prior to his appointment at Edinboro he held a similar position at Kansas Wesleyan University.

 

Jay Breckenridge as Will Cricket the Leg Scraping JesterJay Breckenridge as Will Cricket, the leg scraping jester

Jay  (in his guise as Will Cricket) the Medieval Fool, juggles balls, rings, clubs, and fire; manipulates cigar boxes; spins stories, old and new--as well as a plate on a stick--and might do any one of these while balancing on a rolla-bolla or walking on stilts.  In his other life, Dr. Jay teaches Theatre Arts at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport (yes, he’s a Fool Professor), where he also writes and directs a play each term for his students to perform, based on the folklore of the culture(s) under study in the campus Teaching International program.

 

Zephyr: Pittsburgh Chpater of the American Recorder SocietyZEPHYR: Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Recorder Society

"Latura Tu" by Antoine Bruhier
"Canzona per Sonare #2" by Giovanni Gabrieli

Zephyr Ensemble performing members: Michael Domain, Fred Moyes, Helen Thornton, and Annie Valdes

Zephyr consists of five member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Recorder Society (Michael Domain, Fred Moyes, Sam Mraz, Helen Thornton, and Annie Valdes), as well as harpsichordist Sonia Lee.  In addition to keyboard and recorders, between them they play flute, clarinet, viola da gamba, harp, guitar, cornett, trombone, hurdy-gurdy, and Highland bagpipes.

 

Shaun RollyShaun Rolly
Medieval Fight Choreography

Shaun is a professional fight and dance choreographer in Pittsburgh, as well as a professional actor, stuntman, playwright and movement coach. His training and affiliations are with Society of American Fight Directors, United Stuntmen’s Association and The International Order of the Sword and the Pen. He has choreographer fight scenes for: the Pittsburgh Public Theater; Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater; the City Theater of Pittsburgh; Actors Civic Theater; the Pittsburgh Playhouse Rep; Pittsburgh Musical Theater; the Pittsburgh, New York, Houston and San Diego Operas; the Pittsburgh New Works Festival; and the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.  His teaching credits include such schools as Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, Point Park College, and University of Pittsburgh. Theater companies include Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Thoreau NM, California University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill College. Various high schools include North Allegheny, Seneca Valley, South Park, Shadyside Academy and Loughlear in Ohio.

 

Brian Edward performs "Confessions of a Magic Mirror" by James Michael ShobergBrian Edward performs “Confessions of a Magic Mirror” by James Michael Shoberg

Brian Edward Leach is an actor, director, theater educator, and arts manager. He is the author of several produced plays and is the executive director of the production network, Chessboard Creative. He has served as Coordinator to the Becket Arts Center in the Berkshires MA, as featured guest lecturer for the Berkshire Playwright's Festival, and on the Board of Directors of the Ballet Lafayette from 2004 - 2006. In 2003 he was appointed Curator to the 44 million dollar art collection of industrialist Joseph A. Hardy III housed at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. There he conceived and directed several national and international art exhibitions, opened two commercial art galleries, and published two books promoting local tourism. In this capacity, Brian acted as cultural advisor for such big-ticket fundraisers as The Royal Reception and The Savoir Affair, raising $51K for CureSearch in 2005 and $80K for UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in 2006. He also oversaw the installation of multiple public art and mural projects as part of the revitalization of downtown Uniontown, PA and Governor Rendell's economic stimulus plan in 2005. Today, he continues to exercise these resources within the marketing and public relations arm of Chessboard Creative, assisting artists and non-profits in fundraising and special events. Brian has hosted several cultural events including the 2006 Savoir Affair alongside Sara Moulton, Executive Chef of Gourmet Magazine and host of Food Network's show Sara's Secrets, as well as Antiques Roadshow appraiser and former president of Christie's East, Kathleen Guzman. He has been a featured presenter at Nemacolin Woodlands' Royal Reception hosted annually by Robin Leach, and has been a recurrent guest on the CBS-KDKA morning show, Pittsburgh LIVE Today.

 

David VinskiDavid Vinski
Medieval Courtly Dance

David has been dancing since 1958 when he first learned Malo kolo at Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 4 in Pittsburgh. This early interest in his heritage led to a scholarship with the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. He has long has a special interest in folklore, customs, music and dance. David is well known throughout the United States and Canada for his master classes and workshops in Balkan folk dance and recieved a BA from Duquesne University. He has also received an award in choreography from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and has been a guest choreographer for many other local organizations. David was recruited to Point Park College in 1976 by Nicolas Petrov as a guest choreographer in folk dance. Since then he has been Lecturer in Dance, Production Coordinator for Dance, Production Manager of the American Dance Ensemble, Assistant Director of Community Classes, Assistant to the Managing Director, Assistant Director of Playhouse Jr., Theatre Manager, and finally Managing Producer. David served as choreographer, director, and writer for many Playhouse Jr. productions. Currently he is Managing Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, a laboratory for the Conservatory of Performing Arts of Point Park University.

Medieval Courtly DANCERS:

Bernard Stankay & Sandra Besterman
Michael Moran & Leah Grimm
Brian Edward & Lynne Cochran
David Minnifield & Lynne Spatafore

 

Lisa HarrierLisa Harrier
Pianist/Accompanist

Lisa is an accomplished pianist employed at Point Park University with a BS degree in Music Education from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. She has been working as a music director for about 20 years with places such as Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Stage Right!, McKeesport Little Theater and many other locations around the area. Lisa also spent a lot of time with the Erie Playhouse and the Dayton Playhouse. Lisa is so excited to be a part of this evening and working with Jim Critchfield again who has had a very positive influence in her life. It's going to be a great event!

 

 

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VISUAL ARTISTS and ART AUCTION DONORS:
Linda Barnicott Dianne Bauman
Dennis Bergevin Johm Blumen
Amy DiMichele Donald Fisher
Sue Sollon Hamilton Ann Heckel
Karen Howell Vicki Ivancik
Brandon Jennings Sandy Kessler Kaminski
Ron Mahoney Beth Magyan
Rita Mullen Marilyn Noszka-Abrams
Barb Owens Mary Therese Peterson
Pat Rampolla Christopher Rolinson
Kathy Rooney Terry Rorison
Dana Eve Rzecznik Stevo Sadvary
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