Juniata honors composers
HUNTINGDON - American composers ranging from Gershwin to Copland to Bernstein will be the focus of the Juniata College Wind Symphony concert "A Very American Sound" at 3 p.m. April 18 in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.
In addition to honoring an all-star roster of American composers, the Wind Symphony also will highlight student musicians, including: trumpeters Melissa King, Caroline White, and Katie Downey vocalist Dessie Schwent-ner and pianist Emily Brant.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for Juniata students with ID and those under the age of 18.
Music great visits PSU
UNIVERSITY PARK - Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Terrence Blanchard will perform with his quintet in a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Penn State's Schwab Auditorium.
The New Orleans native recently won his third Grammy Award, for best improvised jazz solo for "Dancin' 4 Chicken," a track from Jeff "Tain" Watts' album "Watts."
Blanchard has gained his most lasting fame as a long-time collaborator of director Spike Lee. He has composed the score for each of Lee's films since 1991.
Tickets are $36 for adults, $15 for University Park students and $29 for people age 18 and younger. Tickets are available online at www.cpa.psu.edu, by calling 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Tickets Downtown, the HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and the Bryce Jordan Center.
Gallery shows local artist
HOLLIDAYSBURG - Local art gallery art4 will feature an exhibit of the work of S. Scott Steberger throughout the month of May. There will be a reception with the artist at 5 p.m. April 16 at the gallery, at 309A Allegheny St.
Steberger, a Lilly resident, has received numerous awards, and his work has been exhibited throughout the state.
Bands to play for charity
Four area bands - The Downfall, Flatline, Spirit Lost and I Enemy - will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at 30 Something in Altoona to benefit the women's charity V-Day International, begun by "Vagina Monologues" creator Eve Ensler.
The charity's mission is to stop violence against women.
The event will feature hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes. There will be a cover charge.
Dylan brings tour to area
STATE COLLEGE - The Jakob Dylan and Three Legs tour, featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, will visit The State Theatre at 8 p.m. May 21.
The tour is in support of Dylan's new album, "Women and Country," which features Case and Hogan singing backup on eight of 11 tracks. The album, released this week, was produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Tickets are $36 and go on sale at 11 a.m. today. Tickets are available online at www.thestatetheatre.org, in person at the theater box office or by calling 272-0606.
CLP, students present show
LORETTO - Cresson Lake Playhouse opens its 36th season with the Children's Theatre production of "Disney's The Jungle Book" on May 6.
Performances will be at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. May 8 and 15 at the playhouse. Performances will be held for students at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. May 6 and 7.
"The Jungle Book" features 90 area students divided into three separate casts and is under the direction of Jim Pollino of Ebensburg and Holly Smith of Cresson.
Tickets will be $7 for adults and $4 for children under age 12. Tickets are available at the door for the performance on May 8 and May 15. For more information concerning the student performances, call 472- 4333.
SAMA shows off sculptures
LORETTO - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto will open "SAMA 3D: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection," on April 23. The exhibition showcases more than 150 sculptures from SAMA's collection of American art and will remain on view through July 24.
Works in media such as bronze, aluminum, steel, clay, plaster, paper, plastic, resin, glass, and terra cotta can be found in the exhibition.
SAMA-Loretto is located on the campus of St. Francis University. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 472-3920 or visit www.sama-art.org.