Friday, April 24th, 2015, The Arts Center presents a Jazz Improvisation Clinic, Followed by a Jazz Concert
On Friday, April 24th, at 5:00 PM, The Arts Center will host a free jazz improvisation clinic featuring trumpeter Dr. Marshall Scott, and guitarist Seth Maynard. (Please note, the date of the show is Friday, April 24th, 2015, not Friday, April 3rd, as reported in The Inter-Mountain newspaper.)
Following the improv clinic, will be a PAID concert. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, and $6.00 for seniors and students.
The jazz clinic will begin at 5:00 PM, Friday, and is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about jazz music or improving their skills. The clinic will focus on improvisation (all instruments), instrumental techniques (especially trumpet/brass and guitar/bass), and general music performance and practice concepts. Hosted by Seth Maynard (guitar, voice) and Marshall Scott (Bowling Green, KY) (trumpet, brass), who will also perform later in the evening. “Bring your instrument (whatever type) and an open mind,” said Maynard. The clinic will feature a Q&A style format. Maynard says, “We hope the session will be very interactive and it is open to all ages and levels of musicianship.”
At 7:00 PM, The Arts Center will present a jazz concert. Marshall and Seth will be joined by keyboardist Randraiz Wharton (Pittsburgh, PA) and drummer Chris Newsom (Elkins, WV) for an evening of jazz instrumentals, vocal tunes, and improvisational journeys. Songs from the varied repertoire of the Great American Songbook, old and new jazz standards, and a few choice original pieces will be featured during the 90 minute program. Expect a lot of interaction between the musicians on favorites like Satin Doll, Girl From Ipanema, Night And Day, as well as more modern pieces like John Scofield's Hottentot, Seth's original tunes, and much more. Maybe even an old, classic pop song from the the Beatles. Tickets for the concert are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Arts Center office, or at the door the evening of the concert.
New Offering at The Arts Center
The Arts Center will present an opportunity for fun for the whole family by offering “family style” mountain square dancing classes. The instructor, Judy Van Gundy, says that the moves will be simple and easy to learn for everyone. Mom, dad, youngsters, teenagers, grandma and grandpa call all have fun together, she said.
The class will include four, one-hour Thursday evening sessions, beginning Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM. Instruction will continue each Thursday for the rest of the month.
Judy apprenticed as a mountain square dance caller under Master Caller Lou Maiuri. Judy has been an avid square dancer and caller for more than 30 years. Instruction will be accompanied by live music by local old-time musician Scott Prouty.
The cost of the class is $60.00 per family for all four sessions (or $15.00 per session). Individual dancers are also welcome. Cost for individual dancers is $40.00 for all four sessions (or $10.00 per session). “This class can only be offered if enrollment totals a minimum of eight people,” said Van Gundy, “so get the family together and come out for a wonderful month of square dancing.”
Anyone interested should contact The Arts Center office at (304) 637-2355 for more information or to register.
The Arts Center
The Randolph County Community Arts Center is a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and surrounding areas. The Arts Center is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins, West Virginia.
The mission of the Arts Center is to enhance the cultural and economic life of our region by providing facilities and arts programming that will entertain, educate, and inspire all of our citizens.
The RCCAC will be a leader in the cultural life of our region by:
- providing arts education opportunities that will develop individual creativity and artistic expression
- presenting high quality art exhibits and musical performances from an eclectic mix of genres; and
- hosting a wide variety of community activities and events.
History: The Arts Center was founded in 2000, in Randolph County, West Virginia. The historic building was purchased, renovated and opened in 2001. The historic building was constructed in 1928 and designed by architect Walter F. Martens. Saint Brendan's Catholic Church served the community at this location until 1999. Features of the building include local quarried sandstone blocks on the outside with a border of stone relief angels around the building. Due to the artistic nature of the religious iconography, it remains unaltered in the nave.