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“Bohemian Rhapsody” Saturday Night In Foxburg


Come celebrate with Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts Saturday night October 26th at 7:00 PM the return of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players to Lincoln Hall. It is a golden time with Autumn in full color for ARCA’s fifth annual Classical Music Oktoberfest in Foxburg. Each October ARCA highlights classical music during the month with a Grand Concert, and this year’s program is entitled Bohemian Rhapsody. At this special concert performed by members of the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra the audience will be treated to a heartwarming masterwork by the great Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak. Also on the program is the “Andante” from one of the most beautiful pieces by Robert Schumann –his exquisite piano quartet. 

The program spotlights Dvorák’s “Quartet for Piano and Strings, OP 87”. We live today with much dissonance, many strident voices, often surrounded by loud and over amplified sounds competing for our attention.  Dvorak’s music arises from a different time, with roots in his homeland Bohemia, now known as the Czech Republic. Much of his music is connected to folk dance and song forms. His music is melodic and carries the listener to a place of expansion and feeling. Dvorak in the 1890’s lived in New York City and was the Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. His main goal in America was to discover “American Music” and engage in it. It was here in 1893 he wrote one of his most celebrated works his Symphony No. 9 known as The New World Symphony. He spent the summer of 1893 with his family in the Czech-speaking community in Spillville, Iowa where cousins had earlier immigrated. He composed his String Quartet in F (“the American”) while there. He was passionate about America finding its own music identity. His work in the United States inspired American composers to develop a distinctive style.

The Grand Concert shares some of his passion and heart felt music along with works of Gustav Mahler, Erno Dohnanyi, Zdenek Fibich and Robert Schumann, truly a grand way to spend an Autumn evening.  The Chamber Players are led by cellist Mikhail Istomin, along with Jennifer Orchard on violin, Meng Wang on viola, and pianist Hanchein Lee. The Red Brick Gallery invites concert goers to stop by before the concert for Cider, Tea, and Cookies. In the Upstairs space there is a new exhibit called “Great and Small” Pastels, Watercolors and Photography which promises to delight the viewer.       

Tickets for the Chamber Players Concert are Adults $25.00, Members $20.00 and Students $10.00. Tickets can be reserved by calling 412-867-1816.


Scottish Festival to Hold Soccer Shoot-Out
and Impromptu Soccer Clinic


Saturday August 17th and the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts 5th annual Foxburg Scottish Festival Day at RiverStone Farm in Foxburg are fast approaching. This year will feature for the first time an exciting and fun Soccer Shoot-Out and Impromptu Soccer Clinic. Conducting the clinics and coordinating the shoot-out will Greg Liebenguth co-founder of the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy. His partner at PSA is Rich Costanzo of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Mr. Liebenguth grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. He was Captain of the 2003 PA state champions (AA) at Thomas Jefferson High School and a star player on the James Madison University Varsity Soccer team in Virginia. He now coaches soccer in the Pittsburgh area and shares coaching duties with Riverhounds Rich Costanzo at the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy.  The PSA strives to give soccer players the opportunity to reach their full potential. At the Foxburg Festival Greg welcomes the chance to share skills with young players in a relaxed setting. The shoot-out should be a fun event giving soccer enthusiasts from 6 to 16 a chance to score a goal and be eligible to win assorted prizes in a drawing held after the event.  For the Shoot-Out there will be a charge of three balls for a dollar. The impromptu Soccer Clinic is free. There is a festival gate fee charge of Adults- $ 10, for young people- 6 to 12 $ 5, and children under 6 are free.  There will be two Clinics and shoot-out events at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Each Clinic will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes immediately followed by a shoot-out.   Participants are asked to register before each clinic time. Registration at the festival will begin an hour before, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. On line registration will be possible after August 10th at GoFoxburg. com.

Soccer is only one many entertaining events that are scheduled throughout the Festival on Saturday at RiverStone Farm. The MacDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh will open the games and festival and will be heard throughout the day. Carl Peterson will headline the music entertainment along with Bob Murdoch the Scottish tenor in the Music Grove. The music group The Celtic Martins will play in the afternoon and in concert Saturday evening at 7:00 PM in Lincoln Hall, in downtown Foxburg. Again there will be a Solo Piper competition, Patrick Regan piper and instructor/entertainer will judge the Solo events. An expanded highland dance group will be joining the other music entertainers. The Crazy Piper and the Plaid Chameleons will also be on the grounds as well as the Scottish Tartan juggler and a working blacksmith. The Scottish dogs will have their day as there will sheep herding demonstrations and an obedience/agility ring for Scottish dogs. If it should rain not to worry many of the activities will move indoors. There will also be Athletic Competitions including the tabor toss, golf closest to the pin game, face painting, story-telling, Scottish food, visiting clans, vendors, carriage rides, and more. It promises to be a great family day at picturesque RiverStone Farm, again the gate fee for adults is $ 10.00, children 6 to 12 $ 5.00, and children under 6 are free. For more festival information visit ARCA’s website:, or call 412-867-1816.


A reminder the Scottish Festival opens Friday night, August 16th, on the Foxburg Green at 7:00 PM with a “Traditional Ceilidh” featuring the Scottish fellows Peterson, Murdoch, Regan, and the Maidens IV.


Cool down with Jazz Fest Weekend in Foxburg. On stage next for ARCA this week end is another genre of music of friends as Jazz comes to Foxburg. Catro a local jazz quintet hits the Allegheny Grille river deck Friday July 26th from 6 to 9 PM. Catro led by Mark DeWalt on key board and features Dave Kano on tenor sax. It is a great way to spend a Friday summer evening with cool jazz along the river.  Saturday night at 7:00 PM on the Foxburg Green it is the icon Harold Betters and his still sweet trombone. He is celebrating being eighty five years young. He and his band play familiar tunes which every time they are refreshed as he plays with so much heart and soul. In a way he is as old and as new as jazz can be. It’s a great opportunity to bring your favorite lawn chair, meet family and friends for a cooling river’s evening of entertainment. If it is hot like the past week or should rain be the weather the concert will move inside the air conditioned Lincoln Hall. Plan to come early or stay late to visit other Foxburg shops and restaurants. Stop by the Red Brick Gallery and Shop to see the new exhibit show in the Upstairs Gallery. Through mid-August it is A Multi-Artist/Mixed Media Exhibit Featuring Photography by Daniel Stainer and Mixed Media Works of Art by the Artists of the Saxonburg Area Artists Co-operative. 


Also for Saturday there will be Jazz at the Foxburg Wine Cellar, The Eric Krouse Trio comes to downtown Foxburg on the winery patio at 2:00 PM. Sunday the music continues again at the winery with guitarist Ron Shoup and Friends rounding out the weekend with easy listening light jazz sound at 2:00 PM.  All Jazz Fest performances including Catro and Harold Betters are “donation-Pass the Hat” events. ARCA appreciates your support to bring Jazz to the Allegheny River valley.


Coming up in August, Enjoy Dog Days of Summer at the Scottish Festival, Saturday, August 17th at RiverStone Farm. Scottish dogs come to Foxburg. As in years past the Scottish dogs will be in the ring with obedience and agility trials and rally time. In addition there will be sheep dog demonstrations during the day.This year the sheep herding dog handler is a local 17 year old young lady who is gaining recognition at the national level. Kyra Costanzo of Ford City and her grandmother Carolyn Lash will bring their dogs to RiverStone Farm highlighting the festival.

Carolyn Lash lives on a farm with her husband who is a veterinarian in Adrian, PA.  Years ago she learned to spin and weave wool and soon she had her own sheep. Being a dog lover all of her life, she began the process of learning how to handle a border collie with the sheep and began to compete in field trials. Her granddaughter, Kyra, at the age of two showed a great passion for the dogs, and at six years old, she begged her grandmother to go along to trials.  By 8 years old, she was going to trials with Carolyn, watching and learning quickly. She took a real liking to a dog named Skye. For the next two years she mastered how to handle Skye and they became a team. At age 10, on her birthday, she went to her first competitive field trial with Carolyn in northeast Pennsylvania. Out of 29 competitors and 10 possible places, she placed 6th. According to her grandmother Kyra has a gift of how to read stock and time herself. She has earned the respect of her older competitors. Kyra is now 17, and a high school senior at Lenape Technical School in Ford City, in Allied Health/Sports Medicine.


In the North Eastern Border Collie Trials there are 4 classes of competition: Novice/Novice, Pro/Novice, Ranch, Open. In each class a new obstacle is introduced. By the time a handler reaches Open class the handler and the dog are experienced with all of the obstacles. All the classes are timed event, normally allowing 8 minutes to complete an Open run. A judge sets up the course and is steadily watching deducting points when handler or dog is less than perfect. In each class the handler stays at a post and directs his dog through the course by voice or by whistle, or both. Kyra is the only young person Carolyn has seen in the northeast U.S. to compete with adult trainers.

They will travel to Canada in August to Grass Creek Park along the St. Lawrence River. Amanda Miliken, a top competitor from Canada, will host this five day event. In September they hope to be at the U.S. nationals in Belleview, Virginia where they will be helping with the event. They travel to these events in a motor home with their 4 dogs, Huck, Sue, Tess, and Cade.

 So come and see Kyra and the dogs in action. It is a full day of events, enjoy Scottish music, athletic competitions, food, carriage rides, storytelling, face painting, Soccer shoot-out and golf hole in one contests. For Saturday August 17th the gate fee is Adults $10, Children 6 to 12 $5 under 6 Free. The Ceilidh on Friday night features Carl Peterson and the Maidens IV on the Foxburg Green in downtown Foxburg at 7 PM.      


Mid Summer Evening Performance by PSO Players

Tuesday July 16th – 7 PM at Lincoln Hall, Foxburg, PA

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts presents a wonderful Summer surprise Tuesday July 16th at 7 PM with a mid summer evening concert in Lincoln Hall, Foxburg, PA.  A trio of outstanding musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will visit Foxburg and treat all who attend to world class music event. PSO Principal harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen will be joined by Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley on violin, and Principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams playing a varied program, assuring to create a magical music experience. Each of the renowned musicians are sought after to perform in many diverse venues, so it is an honor to have them play at Lincoln Hall.

Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977, holding the Virginia Campbell endowed Principal Harp Chair of the orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, including premieres of major new works for harp. She has appeared as soloist with conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, and has collaborated with flutist James Galway, as well as others. Ms. Van Hoesen has also performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Westmoreland Symphony among others. She has been a featured soloist at American Harp Society National Conferences, has served as a judge for National Competitions of the American Harp Society and has been past President of the Pittsburgh Chapter. Gretchen Van Hoesen graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and of the Eastman School of Music. Her recordings include Lullabies and Night Songs on the Caedmon label, and Breath of Heaven, A Christmas Collection with Soprano Sarah Botkin. Ms. Van Hoesen is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities and combines teaching there with private students at her home in Pittsburgh. She has taught multiple master classes and has been an artist-lecturer on numerous series in Pittsburgh as well as throughout the country.

Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Noah Bendix-Balgley has thrilled and moved audiences around the world performing in Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Iceland, China, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and the United States. He has been awarded a number of prizes at major competitions in Europe. Mr. Bendix-Balgley has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Asheville Symphony (USA) among others. His Pittsburgh debut recital in January 2012 was named the Best Classical Concert of 2012 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also has performed on North American tour with the Miro String Quartet and from 2008 to 2011, he was the 1st violinist of the Munich-based Athlos String Quartet, performing throughout Europe. Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1984, he began playing violin at age 4. Mr. Bendix-Balgley graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. In his spare time, he enjoys Klezmer music, playing with world-known groups and teaching klezmer violin at workshops. Mr. Bendix-Balgley plays on a Lorenzo Ventapane violin, made in Naples in the early 19th century. His first recital CD, “A Musical Tour of the early 20th Century” (Anima Records) was recorded in Switzerland in May 2011.

Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. She has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and has collaborated with guest artists such as André Previn, and Pinchas Zukerman. In recent seasons she was featured in Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and works by Haydn and Walton. Her solo in The Swan on the PSO recording of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.” Mrs. Williams teaches at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities, and appears in solo and chamber music performances world wide. She has appeared in several nationally televised productions, produced by the BBC and WQED. She also is a member of the Carnegie-Mellon Trio. Anne Martindale Williams has given university master classes and performed at prestigious US summer festivals such as Aspen, Grand Teton, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego. Mrs. Williams is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Her Tecchler cello was made in Rome in 1701.  Anne and her husband Joe reside in Pittsburgh with their daughter, Claire.

Tickets for the concert are Adults $ 25, Members $ 20 and Students $ 10 and can be reserved at door by calling 412-867-1816. Audience members are invited to  a pre-concert reception  at ARCA’s Red Brick Gallery and Shop from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM in part to honor ARCA’s outgoing Executive Director Drew Orient. The concert reception coincides  with the opening of  a new exhibit, “ Multi – Artists/Mixed Media” in the Red Brick’s Upstairs Gallery featuring Photography by Daniel Stainer and Mixed Media works of Art  by the Artists of the Saxonburg Area Artists Co-operative.

Young and Upcoming Musicians To Perform In Foxburg


Sunday June 23 at 3:00 PM in Lincoln Hall, Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts enthusiastically  present several outstanding young musicians from the region in ARCA’s first annual Young Peoples Concert. The young pianists have been mentored in Master Classes by Franklin’s own Dennis Geib. Mr Geib praises the talent and development of three young pianists, Jona Brown, Nick Nasibyan, and Kevin O’Brien. He expounds that they have their own distinct creative stlye. “They play with great expression, as well as with extraordinary touch and tone which will truly highlight the Steinway in Lincoln Hall.” Dennis will also play several pieces to round out the concert. Each of the young musicians have an intriguing story.


Jona Brown is a 16 year old Sophomore attending Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter High School in Midland, Pennsylvania. Jona began playing the piano at the age of 14 after moving to Butler County from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began taking lessons at the Hill United Presbyterian Church in Butler,and last year he auditioned and was accepted into Lincoln Park Performing Arts School and now he is studying with Dr. Marina Dipretoro. Jona has taught himself how to play piano pieces by composers such as; Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Satie, and Billy Joel. Jona also sings in the Hill Church Chancel Choir and with the Hill Youth Chorale,and plans to study music in college. Jona lives in West Sunbury with his parents, Jamie and Jeffrey Petroski, a  brother Simon, and three dogs; Lenny, Levi, and Duke.


Nicholas Nasibyan is a native of Erie, PA, and is a freshman at Mercyhurst College who has been playing piano, since the age of 4 and performing since the age of 7. Nicholas is majoring in Music Education and composition often plays his own renditions of popular music, especially from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. A fan of big band music Nick is inspired by artists such as Glenn Miller And Frank Sinatra. He also composes music. A few of his originals are “Would You Be Mine”, and “A New Girl To Love”. Nick can be found playing at restaurants, churches, nursing homes, and concerts as well as weddings and birthday parties. He loves playing music and credits God for his gift of music. He is in the process of making an album named “Swingin’ Serenade”.


Kevin O’Brien has been playing piano since 2002, from the age of 4. He has performed at churches, weddings, funerals, nursing homes, several competitions, and at many concerts. He has performed at the Clarion Music Festival for 10 consecutive years, and received a superior rating each year. Kevin is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. He was selected to go to their Northwest District fall concert in 2009. His talent has given him many opportunities to play at different events in with many other talented musicians.




Mr. Geib’s musical career began at age 5 in Franklin, Pa. He was formally taught classical music for 12 years by the Sister’s of Mercy, studied piano for three consecutive summers at the Chautauqua Institute of Music, and attended Master Classes with world famous pianist Ozan Marsh, who studied with the likes Rachmaninoff, and Horowitz. Dennis has performed in countless musical venues including television, radio and at universities across the United States. He moved to Texas in 1982 and played in many prestigious venues and churches in the Dallas Fort worth area. including the Morton Myerson Symphony Hall, The Weisfeld Performing Arts Center, and The Eisemann Center. In addition, Mr.Geib worked for 26 years at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Carrollton, Texas, and did many charitable events including the American Cancer Society and with the late Lou Rawls to aid special needs children. Returning to Franklin, Dennis currently is the principle pianist and organist at First Baptist Church where he has also orchestrated concerts in the beautiful 1904 Victorian Santuary. Mr.Geib is assisting in the renovation of Miller Auditorium at the First Baptist Church, adding a state of the art sound system complete with theatre lighting for future community events. Mr. Geib also has a passion for composing and his music depicts the inner human feelings, are thought provoking and expressly played.  


Dennis sincerely expects all the pianists on Sunday will be playing from the heart. It should be another wonderful music moment at Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall. Tickets are Adults $10.00 and Students $5.00 and can be reserved at the door by calling 412-867-1816.


The audience after the concert is invited to an Opening Reception at The Red Brick Gallery ARCA’s Artist Co-operative with the opportunity to meet the musicians as well as the contributors of the photography show – Dennis Keyes with the New Castle Camera Club. The new show opened June 21. The Opening Reception runs from 3 PM to 6 PM. Visit ARCA’s website for more information.


Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is pleased to present Dane Vannatter in a Cabaret performance at Lincoln Hall Saturday night May 11th beginning at 7:00 PM. An acclaimed night club entertainer Vannatter will be joined by a world class jazz trio in Alton Merrell on piano, Tony DePaolis, on bass and Tom Wendt on drums. Dane  is the recipient of two Bistro Awards, for Outstanding Vocalist,

and his CD  “Flight”  by the critics of BackStage in New York. Dane has been 

acclaimed by reviewers at The New York Post, The Boston Globe and BackStage 

for a style that “blends facets of cabaret and jazz with intelligence and care.” The 

Boston Globe remarks “Dane Vannatter’s distinctive style leaves an imprint on 

whatever music he sings. His voice has a floating quality that gets in your head 

and won’t leave….his music is a swinging, soaring adventure!” He has been 

nominated for 4 MAC awards and is a Nightlife Award finalist. Dane was

featured at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Town Hall in Manhattan,and has performed in venues nationally and internationally. Dane’s 4th CD, Give Me Something Real is scheduled to be released in 2013. 

He has performed in many of the right places in and around Pittsburgh. Past and present Pittsburgh venues include an appearance at First Fridays at the Frick, Frick Art & Historical Center – August 2010, joining

 the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir and  August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble – at the August  Wilson Center September 21, 2012 and being part of Heinz Hall’s  Summer Courtyard Jazz Series 2012 He is a regular at Jazz at Andys, in the Fairmont Hotel downtown Pittsburgh, ­and at the James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy on the North Side.


Companion musician are like a who’s who of the Pittsburgh jazz and nightclub scene. Including Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, Alton Merrell, Ken Karsh, 

Dave Throckmorton, Max Leake, Tony  DePaolis, Thomas Wendt, Daniel May, David Budway, David Crisci Mike Tomaro, and the list goes on.

One of his biggest music moments was in July 2012 when he sang “God Bless America” before a record crowd of 40,000 people in Fenway Park for the Red Sox vs. Yankees game.

Jerome told me a little about himself and his musical journey thus far.

The following is what he wrote:

“I’ve been playing music for close to twenty years. I studied music, with a focus on the classical guitar, at Geneva college. I have done studio work in Nashville, but I have been recording myself from my home in Oil City for the last seven years or so. I play a wide variety of instruments which include the piano, the guitar, the bass, the banjo, the mandolin, the dobro, and the harmonica. I also enjoy programming loops on my computer when I get the chance. My style is distilled from my experiences. As a songwriter, I write about things from a very introspective and religions perspective. Since moving back to Oil City in 2001, my focus has been on integrating our regional backwoods, front porch local flavor into a broad spectrum of modern popular styles.”

To hear him play, come down to MapleFest in Foxburg, PA on Saturday the 27th of April at 3pm!