By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Musicians Carole Rively and Denise Baldwin are scheduled to entertain audiences Sept. 8 as part of this month’s SongWorks Dinner at The Grand Halle.
Known throughout the area music scene, Baldwin and Rively are veteran performers and members of SongWorks, a local group of musicians who meet monthly to work on their original songs.
For this show, titled “Say Hello,” Baldwin and Rively will perform for the first time as a duo. Their setlist includes original music as well as some covers.
“Audiences should anticipate something new when Denise and Carole perform,” Grand Halle Manager Dave Hurst said. “When such deeply experienced musicians collaborate, we should expect something special.”
The “Say Hello” concert also marks the first time a new ticket-sales system will be implemented at The Grand Halle.
“The Grand Halle is building a reputation as a premier performance and special-events venue,” Grand Halle Program Director Kim Rauch said. “Now we have a professional box-office system in place to properly and efficiently serve our patrons.”
Those who plan to attend SongWorks Dinners — as well as any other open-to-the-public event at The Grand Halle — have the option to reserve and purchase their tickets in advance online using a credit or debit card. Patrons can visit www.GrandHalle.com and click on the button that reads “Buy Tickets.” From there, patrons will be directed to a detailed list that describes upcoming special events and shows. Patrons can select the event they would like to attend, purchase the tickets, choose their seats, pay for their tickets and then print them.
When patrons arrive at the door on the day of the event, their tickets will be scanned and they will be granted entry. Performance-only tickets still will be available for purchase at the door, but walk-ins also have the option to pay by credit or debit card if they so choose.
“This system will make it very convenient for Grand Halle patrons,” Hurst said. “They can pay by credit/debit card and print their tickets at home. They’ll be able to reserve as many seats (or tables) as they want. Eventually, we also expect to offer flex passes and season tickets. None of this was possible before.
“Our other goal is to make Grand Halle operations more professional. This new system will enable us to promote ticket sales via social media, create complimentary tickets and sponsor passes and account for all of it as well.”
Though the deadline for dinner reservations for the “Say Hello” show has already passed, those who are interested can pay a nominal admission fee at the door in order to enjoy the 90-minute musical performance component of the evening. Performance-only tickets can be purchased at the door beginning as early as 5:45 p.m.
The SongWorks Dinner Series, which is held May through December, is in its fourth season. Each evening features a catered meal and live music. The live music is provided by members of SongWorks, a group of musicians who meet regularly in a workshop-type setting. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Bottle Works in Cambria City and is open to anyone interested in creating music. The group’s official website is www.johnstownsongworks.org.
The Grand Halle on Broad Street (formerly Immaculate Conception church) is located at 306 Broad St., on the corner of Broad and Third Avenue, in the Cambria City Cultural District.
For more information about this performance, call 814-536-7986, and for more information about all of the upcoming concerts at The Grand Halle on Broad Street, visit www.grandhalle.com.