CPYO celebrates anniversary
UNIVERSITY PARK - The Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra will present its 20th anniversary spring concert at 4 p.m. May 22 in Esber Recital Hall on the Penn State University Park campus.
The concert will include Poulenc's "Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor" and features soloists Marylene Dosse and Cecilia Dunoyer.
Dosse is a former Penn State distinguished professor and founded the school's resident Castalia Trio. Dunoyer has been on Penn State's piano faculty since 1984.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.pascp.org.
CLP looking for 'Good' cast
EBENSBURG - Auditions for Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor" will be held at 5 p.m. July 10 at the Cresson Lake Playhouse Rehearsal Hall, 526 W. Ogle St.
"The Good Doctor" is set in Russia during the 19th century and is written in the style of a Anton Chekhov comedy. It is composed of a series of scenes in which the only connecting thread is the character of the Writer, originally played by Christopher Plummer, who is obviously Anton Chekhov.
The production calls for two men and three women playing multiple roles. All roles are available. Please bring all schedule conflicts with you to auditions.
Performances will be Sept. 1 through 10 at the playhouse in Loretto.
Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students under age 18. For more information or to order tickets, call 472-4333 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hicks visits Palace stage
GREENSBURG - Former "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks will perform at 8 p.m. May 14 at The Palace Theatre.
On May 24, 2006, Hicks made television history when audiences made that evening's "American Idol" finale one of the most watched television programs of the decade; 36.4 million viewers tuned in and 63 million votes were cast to name Hicks the Season 5 winner. Taylor's material features a mix of southern soul, R&B, country and blues.
Tickets are $30, $35 and $40 and are available at The Palace Theatre Box Office by calling 724-836-8000 or online at www.thepalacetheatre.org.
'West Side' tour coming to area
PITTSBURGH - The national touring production of the classic "West Side Story" will open at the Benedum Center on May 17. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. May 17 to 19, 8 p.m. May 20 and 21, 2 p.m. May 21 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. May 22.
Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the sssociate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely.
The new Broadway cast album of "West Side Story" won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2010.
This production will feature Broadway veterans Kyle Harris, Ali Ewoldt, Joseph J. Simeone and Michelle Aravena in the lead roles.
Tickets are $22-$69 and are available at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at pgharts.org and by calling 412-456-6666.
Rockers tour celebrates past
GREENSBURG - Heavy metal band Queensryche is celebrating its 30th anniversary together with a tour that will stop at The Palace Theatre at 8 p.m. Aug. 13.
Queensryche constructed a progressive form of heavy metal that drew equally from the guitar pyrotechnics of post-Van Halen metal and '70s art rock, most notably Pink Floyd and Queen.
The band began to break into the mainstream with the acclaimed 1988 album "Operation: Mindcrime." Its follow-up, "Empire," was the group's biggest success, selling over two million copies due to the hit single "Silent Lucidity."
Tickets are $39 and $45 and are available at The Palace Theatre Box Office by calling 724-836-8000 or online at www.thepalacetheatre. org.
Music festival lineup set
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the schedule for the 2011 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which will take place June 3 through 12. All headline concerts will be presented on the Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh.
The free live music series is a 52-year Pittsburgh tradition.
All concerts at Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival are free and open to the public. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Point State Park with the exception of the Sunday performances, which begin at 6 p.m.
Additional Festival details will be announced in May, including information on the Artists Market, visual arts, family programming, performing arts and additional music programming.
For information, visit 3riversartsfest.org or call 412-456-6666.
The lineup includes:
n June 3 - The Blind Boys of Alabama, gospel
n June 4 - Tom Tom Club, dance
n June 6 - James McMurtry, with special guest Jonny Burke, country
n June 7 - The Baseball Project, with special guest J. Roddy Walston & The Business, rock 'n' roll
n June 8 - Tea Leaf Green, indie rock
n June 9 - Formula412, hip-hop
n June 10 - Brandi Carlile, rock 'n' roll
n June 11 - Ricky Skaggs, bluegrass
n June 12 - Buckwheat Zydeco, zydeco