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Brass show opens Grand Halle’s 17 schedule

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Local students and five music educators will perform at The Grand Halle on Broad Street on Jan. 6, marking the venue’s first live entertainment event of 2017.

The brass quintet known as BrassWorks is set to entertain audiences with a variety of classical and contemporary musical selections beginning at 7 p.m. that evening.

“The Johnstown BrassWorks got its start at The Grand Halle four years ago,” said Kim Rauch, The Grand Halle’s program director.

This is to be BrassWorks’ fourth appearance at The Grand Halle. The group formed in 2014 specifically to perform at the historic former church. They’ve since shared their talents inside other venues in the region.

BrassWorks members include Eric Pfeil and Tom Hiravi on trumpet; Jerrod Cannistraci on French horn; Josh Brumbaugh on trombone; and Jason June on tuba.

“These are all music teachers who, of course, also are musicians who don’t get much chance to perform,” Grand Halle Manager Dave Hurst said. “We’re pleased that The Grand Halle gives them that opportunity — and that they want to come back year after year. Their brass instruments sound brilliant there.”

The students accompanying Pfeil, Hiravi, Cannistraci, Brumbaugh and June will represent the following school districts: Greater Johnstown, Penn Cambria, Richland, Somerset and Westmont Hilltop.

“We’d like to think that by providing students with the opportunity to perform here, perhaps these students will be inspired to pursue a career in music,” Rauch said.

This concert is part of The Grand Halle Performance Series, which is underwritten in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The Grand Halle on Broad Street is located at 306 Broad St., on the corner of Broad and Third Avenue, in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood.

Tickets for the BrassWorks show can be purchased at www.GrandHalle.com and also will be sold at the door. For more information about the concert or The Grand Halle Performance Series, call 814-536-7986.

Hurst said that this will be the first of many concerts to look forward to inside The Grand Halle this year.

“We have some great choral programs scheduled, including Duquesne University’s choir in March and the annual Broadway show in April,” Hurst said.

As for this show, Hurst labeled it as one not to be missed.

“Instrumental music sounds spectacular in The Grand Halle,” Hurst said. “The Gothic space is beautiful, and the Halle is still decorated for the holidays. 

“There aren’t that many opportunities to hear good classical and contemporary music played by brass alone. So this should be a very satisfying evening.”

Rively, Baldwin set to play SongWorks Dinner

Carole Rively.	 Submitted photo
Carole Rively.
Submitted photo

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.

Grand Halle to use new box-office system

By OUR TOWN

The Grand Halle on Broad Street is launching a new box-office system at its website that allows patrons to purchase and reserve seats online, and pay for their tickets with a credit or debit card.

Beginning with the SongWorks Dinner event Sept. 8, customers can visit GrandHalle.com and click on the “Buy Tickets” link, which provides a listing and description of upcoming shows and special events. The customer can then select an event of their choice, buy their tickets, pick their seats, pay for the tickets with a credit or debit card, and print out their tickets on a home printer. 

When they arrive at The Grand Halle for the event, patrons’ tickets are scanned and then they may take their seats. Performance-only tickets are still able to be purchased at the door, and these tickets can now be paid with a credit or debit card if desired.

The Grand Halle — formerly Immaculate Conception church — is located at 306 Broad St. on the corner of Broad and Third Avenue in the Cambria City Cultural District of Johnstown.

For information on all of the venue’s upcoming concerts, visit GrandHalle.com.

Popular Christmas show returns to The Grand Halle

Submitted photo

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

One of Johnstown’s most popular musical duos, Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco, are once again performing a Christmas show at The Grand Halle on Broad Street.
The “Walt and Jackie Christmas Show” is scheduled for Dec. 10. 

Due to the popularity of this event, reservations for the dinner portion of the evening are already sold out. Performance-only tickets are still available; those who are interested in attending the performance are invited to purchase tickets at the door. The music is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Last year, Churchey’s and Kopco’s Christmas show beckoned nearly 200 people to The Grand Halle. Kopco said they’re looking forward to entertaining audiences with a blend of original songs, as well as a selection of holiday favorites.

“For this show we try to take some Christmas favorites and sort of put our own twist on them,” she said.

In addition, Kopco and Churchey will be welcoming fellow musicians Jim Churchey and Denise Baldwin on stage with them, and Eric Shawley will perform stand-up comedy routines throughout the evening. Shawley’s routines are collectively titled “Grumpy Elf Boot Camp.”

“This show is so different from many of the others we do,” Kopco said. “The audience is there to hear it, to see it, to be a part of it. Walt and I talk all the time about how, as a performer, you can really give something great when the audience is giving you something great — when they’re showing the love and being interactive and letting you know they’re listening and enjoying what they’re hearing.”

The Grand Halle on Broad Street, formerly Immaculate Conception Church, will be decorated for the holiday season, which will make the atmosphere even more memorable, Kopco said.

“The decorations add something special to The Grand Halle’s Christmas season and ours, too,” she said. “It’s fun to play songs and be in that environment.”

This BYOB show is presented by SongWorks. For more information about the show, visit www.steeplesproject.org/walt_jackie.php or call 814-288-2660. More information about Churchey and Kopco can be found on their official website at www.waltandjackie.com.

“If you like live music, this show is a great way to get out and really experience it,” Kopco said.

The duo will have their CDs for sale during the event.

“We’ll even hang around after the show so people can stop and talk to us if they’d like,” Kopco said.

The Grand Halle on Broad Street is located on the corner of Broad and Third Avenue in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood.

SongWorks series underway at The Grand Halle

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Just as The Grand Halle’s Performance Series concluded for the season, so another series began.

SongWorks Dinner Series at The Grand Halle — formerly the Immaculate Conception Church — features live performances by local artists and a dinner.

“People will get a great meal and excellent music, performed by some of the Johnstown area’s most creative musicians,” said SongWorks organizer Teresa Fisher. “This is original music, being performed by the people who’ve written it, in a relaxed setting.”

This year’s SongWorks Dinner Series began last week with a performance by “Guytars.” The lineup for the remainder of the season includes Denise Baldwin and Roy Milstead on June 11; Sam Coco, Barry Poglein and Malcolm Crittenden on July 9; and Ray Flores, T Fisher and Carole Rively on Aug. 13. 

SongWorks Showcase, a performance featuring all SongWorks members, is scheduled for Sept. 10, followed by the SongWorks Songwriter Contest on Oct. 8. The series will culminate with a performance by Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco on Dec. 10.

SongWorks is a monthly songwriters’ workshop that gives members an opportunity to encourage and critique each other. Their efforts are shared with the public via the SongWorks Dinner Series, where musicians try out new music and polish earlier works during performances before live audiences.

These performances are designed to be intimate in that audience members are able to sit close to and interact with the performers. Occasionally, other SongWorks members or audience members are asked to participate in a song or two.

This year’s SongWorks Dinner Series is once again sponsored by AmeriServ, and this year’s dinners will be provided by Flair of Country Catering.

Reservations are not mandatory.

“Tickets will be sold at the door as before,” said Kim Rauch, program director at The Grand Halle. “But by calling or posting that you plan to come, it will help us to ensure that enough food is available for everyone who wants dinner.”

The Grand Halle is located at 306 Broad Street on the corner of Broad Street and Third Avenue in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. Proceeds from the SongWorks Dinner Series benefit The Steeples Project, the development campaign for three former Roman Catholic church buildings within the cultural district.