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  • Nov. 3-9, 2017

    The Derrick./The News-Herald

    Venango Chamber Orchestra

    The musical group celebrates 25 years

    with a concert. Page 2

  • The Tiger Maple String Band will per-form Friday, Nov. 10, as part of the Oil City Arts Councils Winter Concert Series.

    The concert featuring this bluegrass band will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Great Room, located on the first floor of the National Transit Building at 206 Seneca St., Oil City.

    Tickets are $10 per person for non-members of the Oil City Arts Council and $8 per ticket for those who are mem-bers. Tickets for the event may be pur-chased at the door.

    Tiger Maple String Band is described as an energetic collection of talented musicians dedicated to continuing tradi-tional and original old time music.

    Residing in northwest Pennsylvania, band members said the rural setting gives

    them plenty of inspiration towards the continuance of acoustic music.

    This acoustic group consists of six talented musicians.

    Justine and Alison Parker, Suzuki trained violinists, offer a repertoire of old time fiddle tunes. The young ladies rank among some of the best young fiddlers on the East Coast.

    Barry Smith on the Clawhammer Banjo brings a colorful texture of Appalachian banjo, giving rich rhythms with bright melodies to every tune.

    Fred Parker plays acoustic guitar and violin. His knowledge of old time music shines through on both instruments. Solid instrumental backing gives the vocals a chance to be warmly shared with every-one in the group.

    Lori Burke is the most recent addition to the group. She sings and plays her old Gibson in the traditional old-time style. Burkes harmony with Parkers vocals lights the way to the soulful meaning of each piece the band performs.

    The overall sound has historical val-ues and full body richness that only acoustic instrument music and clear vocals can bring.

    Tiger Maple String Band welcomes challenges from a variety of different musical directions. Starting with old-

    time Appalachian fiddle tunes, to Scottish ballads, with Irish jigs, and Cajun waltz-es, are a few styles which are covered during a set.

    Upbeat rhythms and big smiles are what we bring to every show. Tiger Maple strives to keep the listeners toes-a-tapping and fingers snapping for hours, band members said.

    The next concert in the arts councils Winter Concert Series will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, and will feature the popu-lar area Windy River Band.

    This year marks a quarter century of musical excellence with the 25th anni-versary performance of the Venango Chamber Orchestra Sunday at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin. The concert is free and begins at 3 p.m.

    Light refreshments will be provided in celebration following the concert. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

    Over the past 25 years the music selec-tions played by the Venango Chamber Orchestra have been varied and challeng-ing, running the gamut from the popular, patriotic, and whimsical, to the readily recognized classics beloved by everyone.

    During this time the orchestra has given many young musicians their first orchestral performance opportunity. It continues to provide the community the only local opportunity for regular live

    orchestra performances twice each year.The 46 members of the Venango

    Chamber Orchestra are dedicated musi-cians who come from all over western Pennsylvania.

    They not only enjoy playing music as a group but delight in bringing the beauty of music to the local community. The cultural richness of Venango County is greatly enhanced by the variety of musical experi-ences available here throughout the year.

    The orchestra greatly appreciates the community support it receives and looks forward to providing continued musical enjoyment to the public for many years to come, members said in a press release.

    Orchestra personnel include first vio-lin, Nancy Simpson, Art Reichenfeld, Karen Spuck, Jan Reichenfeld, Helen Lowe, Sherry Dieringer and Adonna Zachs-Jordan;

    second violin, Elaine Armstrong, Kate Ostroske, Carol Sheatz, Charles File, Tom Karg, Dan Karg, Robert Scheer, Rebecca Bloom, Loveday Peters;

    viola, Beverly Lehman, Elva Newcomer, and Zanita Zachs-Gabriel; cello, Janet Loring, William Cooper, Kathleen Sentgeorge, Richard Patterson and Olga Schilk;

    bass, Dennis Butler; flute and piccolo, Robin Lohr and

    Dawn McCall; oboe, Brent P. Register and Cecilia

    Hogg; clarinet Cheryl Butler and Jane

    Bradshaw; bassoon, Rae Connolly; French horn, Deborah Stahl, Robert

    Gross, Sue Montgomery and Brenda Gross;

    trumpet, Terri Wittreich, Rita Ferrere

    and Rebecca Mullen; trombone, George Wilbur and Toby

    Saltarelli; tuba, David Koyack; percussion, Christopher Curry, Rob

    Heichel and Jennifer Bialo.Members performing Sunday who are

    original orchestra members are Nancy Simpson, Elaine Armstrong, Tom Karg, Janet Loring, Cheryl Butler, Jane Bradshaw and Terri Wittreich.

    Selections for Sundays concert include Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert, American Patrol by F. W. Meacham, God Bless America by Irving Berlin, Overture for a Celebration by Claude Smith, Pomp and Circumstance by- Edward Elgar, Buglers Holiday by Leroy Anderson and Russian Sailors Dance by Reinhold Gliere.

    Venango Chamber Orchestra to hold concert SundayCelebrating 25 years

    2 The Derrick./The News-Herald: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

    Bluegrass band to perform Nov. 10

    Tiger Maple String Band

  • CLARION The Clarion Free Library has scheduled a variety of pro-grams for November.

    A Third Thursday program for the Jubilee Book Club will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, This months fea-tured book is Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. Copies of the book are available from the library. People may contact Kristine Lewis at for more informa-tion. The Jubilee Book Club is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. William Buchanan.

    The library will old a pajama drive Monday, Nov. 27, through Saturday, Dec. 2. Children may take in new pajamas to donate to children in need. There will be a pajama party form 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, where children can also take pajamas to donate. During the event they may wear their pajamas and listen to stories and enjoy milk.

    The library will be closed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 23-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The librarys regular programs include

    an adult knitting class, childrens story-time, a play group, Littler Learners, an after school program and the Puppy Dog Tales program.

    An adult knitting class meets at 1 p.m. Mondays. This class taught by Chris Adams is open to beginner and experi-enced knitters. Adams can be reached by calling (814) 797-1613.

    Preschool storytime is held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Storytimes feature stories, crafts and other activities. Themes for this month include Nov. 7 Owls, Nov. 14 Turkeys, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving and Nov. 28 Quilts and Blankets.

    A play group for children up to 5 years old is held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the library. The group is presented by the library and Clarion Countys Promise.

    An after school program is held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16, in the Childrens Room of the library.

    Puppy Dog Tales program where chil-dren read to therapy dogs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

    Little Learners is offered by early

    intervention provider agency Amazing Kids and is held at 10 a.m. Fridays at the library. There is no fee or registration. The activity is open to children of any

    age. More information about these pro-

    grams is available by calling (814) 226-7172.

    3The Derrick./The News-Herald: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

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    CLARION First United Methodist Church of Clarion will host Broadway Methodist Style on Saturday, Nov. 11.

    The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments in the churchs gathering room. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

    The musical revue includes a talented group of Clarion area soloists and musi-cal theater veterans, along with the chan-cel choir, singing selections from Broadway musicals.

    Featured performers Randy Bowser, Zachary Covington, Mary Jo Ford, Erin Lewis, Sarah Matson, Janie Reynolds, The Rev. Kevin Haley and Franklins 2017 Taste of Talent winner Lauren Skelley will sing some of their favorite show tunes in solo and ensemble num-bers. They will be accompanied by Mary Brooks at the piano.

    Randy Bowser, who conceived the idea for a musical revue as a fundraiser for new choir robes in 2005, is the direc-tor of music at First United Methodist Church of Clarion. Bowser has been a featured soloist in musical theater and operatic performances at many venues in Clarion County and western Pennsylvania for the past 40 years.

    Zachary Covington is the executive director of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, a founder and artistic director of the Clarion County Festival Choir, director of the Clarion Community Choir, and a frequent director and performer for numer-ous venues in western Pennsylvania.

    Mary Jo Ford, who has been singing

    all her life, is a member of the chancel choir, Clarion County Community Choir and recently enjoyed performing at the Keeping It Real Cabaret and in Nice Work If You Can Get It at the B


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