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Irish Dancers To Compete June 23, 2017

Fifteen solo dancers from The Hooley School of Irish Dance will compete at the North American Irish Dance Nationals Championships in New Orleans, La., from Tuesday, July 4, through Monday, July 10. The prestigious event draws thousands of competitors from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as Great Britain, Ireland, and mainland Europe. In addition to the soloists, the Hooley School will be represented by a dance drama team of an additional eight dancers. The dance drama will tell the story of Hurricane Katrina and hope rising from the storm.

The Hooley dancers range in age from 8 to 20 and include four sets of siblings. Dancers are Avery Winters, Mia Kelly, Natalie Raff, Mia Rajkowski, U9; Annabelle Rajkowski and Abigail Kelly, U10; Victoria Kutz and Olivia Raff, U12; David Irwin, U13; Isabella Carper, U14; McKenna Murphy, U16; Thomas Lane and Carter Ishler, U17; Allyson McDaniel, U19; and Faith Ishler, U20.

The dancers who are competing on the dance drama team are Ellie Hartranft, Maura Hogan, Maya Murphy, Melina O'Neal, Tayten Smolinsky, Chloe Wentling, Makenna Urban, and director Faith Irwin.

The school is led by Irish Dance-certified (Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) teacher Crystal Carper, ADCRG, and Angelina Glick Press, TCRG.


Opera Group Will Perform June 23, 2017

Center Stage Opera (CSO) will present a double bill of Leoncavallo's short opera "I Pagliacci" ("The Clowns") with Mascagni's "L'Amico Fritz" ("Friend Fritz") at several locations in June.

Sung in Italian with piano, the performances will take place in three locations in Camp Hill, York and Doylestown. The production will feature singers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Local performances will take place on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Covenant Moravian Church, 901 Cape Horn Road, York, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1610 Carlisle Road, Camp Hill.

Family of God Lutheran Church, 4770 Route 202, Doylestown, will host a performance on Friday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be discounted for students and will be available at the door. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment. For more information, readers may visit


Junction Center Plans Concert June 22, 2017

The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, has scheduled several concerts. They will take place in Landis Hall.

The JJ Weeks Band will perform on Sunday, July 9, at 7 p.m., and Building 429 will perform on Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Russ Taff willl perform on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. He is known for his solo work and as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Imperials.

Written in Kings will present a concert on Wednesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit


Concert Band Will Perform June 21, 2017

The Ephrata Concert Band will feature many tunes with patriotic themes as part of a concert on Sunday, July 2, at 7:15 p.m. at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park in the park band shell at the foot of Cocalico Street. The concert will be the third of the band's 2017 concerts and the first with Carl Tobias conducting.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.

The first half of the July 2 program will include Fillmore's "Americans We," George M. Cohan's "Star-Spangled Spectacular," F.W. Meacham's "American Patrol," J.J. Morrisey's "Waltzing Clarinets," H.L. Walters' "Birthday Bouquet," "America the Beautiful," and John Philip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell March." Martin Hinkley, director of the band, will be the vocal soloist on Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," and the band will conclude the first half of the program with the march "Armed Forces Salute."

Sousa's march "America First" will open the second half of the program. The band will then play Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The second half of the program will also include John Enck's "Festival Parade"; the instrumental special "Auditorium Session" featuring Glenn Beard and Bob Sweigart, percussion; a selection from Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man"; Walters' "One Finger Polka"; the Navy Hymn; and the closing march, Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Admission is free. The band will play at the park each Sunday evening through July 23.


Church Plans Service, Concert June 21, 2017

St. John Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St., York, will hold a worship service and patriotic concert on Tuesday, July 4, at 10 a.m. The church will celebrate Holy Communion using the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. The church's heritage dates back to the early days of the nation.

This year during the service, First Capital Brass will provide patriotic music. At the conclusion of the service, the brass ensemble will present a short concert of patriotic songs. Then the church will give thanks for the men and women who founded the U.S. and fought to preserve the freedoms available to Americans. The Liberty Bell, located at the church's Lovelace Commons, will be rung, and as participants leave they will be able the ring the bell. A freewill offering will be received, and light refreshments will follow the concert.

To learn more, readers may visit or call 717-848-1862. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the church.


Carmitchell To Perform At Cafe June 21, 2017

Bobbi Carmitchell will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, June 24. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

Carmitchell, a Lancaster County native, has covered a lot of territory with her music over the last 25 years. She has played in venues throughout the country.

Bobbi has lent her name and voice to many causes over the years, and she continues to donate her talents to raising awareness of issues such as farmland preservation, domestic violence awareness, breast cancer research, AIDS education, Relay For Life, and the Arts in the Schools program. She also organizes events to gather the community, such as producing the Central Pennsylvania Women's Music Festival.

Carmitchell's latest recording is "County Wide.' Her work as a songwriter has been recognized and included in a number of compilation CDs throughout the country. Her music has received airplay from Boston to Seattle and several points in between.

Admission to the upcoming concert is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672, email, or visit or


Summer Arts Program Posted June 21, 2017

The New Holland Summer Arts Program will present a concert by Mitch and the Mood Swings featuring rock 'n' roll, soul, and Motown on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Moonlighters will perform big band swing and jazz music from 7 to 9 p.m.

The concerts will take place at New Holland Community Park, located on the 400 block of Jackson Street, New Holland. The public is invited to attend.


HCPAC Posts Schedule June 16, 2017

Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center (HCPAC), 1000 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown, has announced several activities.

A junior dance camp for ages 5 to 8 will be offered from Monday, July 31, to Friday, Aug. 4.

Also, HCPAC has an opportunity to perform the national anthem at a Harrisburg Senators baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 19. Discount tickets to watch the game are available, and for every ticket ordered, HCPAC will receive a set donation. For information about how to order tickets, readers may call 717-939-9333.

More details about HCPAC are available at


Theater Announces Shows June 15, 2017

Hershey Theatre has announced the Broadway productions that will be performed on the theater's stage as part of the 2017 to 2018 season.

The Broadway season will begin in November with "Kinky Boots," which features songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The show won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

"Something Rotten!" will take the stage in January 2018. The new musical comedy comes from the director of "Aladdin" and co-director of "The Book of Mormon" and the producer of "Rent," "Avenue Q," and "In the Heights."

In February 2018, the theater will present "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," which chronicles the early life and career of the singer-songwriter. The show has a book by Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, along with songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.

"The King and I" will close the Broadway season in April 2018. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features songs such as "Getting To Know You," "Hello Young Lovers," and "Shall We Dance?" The show, directed by Bartlett Sher, won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

Subscription packages are available, and tickets for all the Broadway shows will be available for purchase by members of the public on Monday, July 31, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available by visiting the Hershey Theatre box office, visiting, or calling 717-534-3405.


Ephrata Concert Band To Perform June 15, 2017

The Ephrata Concert Band will perform a concert on Sunday, June 25, at 7:15 p.m. in the bandshell, located at the end of Cocalico Street in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band.

Following the national anthem, the band will play Henry Fillmore's march "The Klaxon"; selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera"; Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"; the waltz "Moonlight on the Hudson"; the novelty tune "Circus Parade"; Herbert's "Toyland" from "Babes in Toyland"; and the march "The Trombone King" by Karl Lawrence King.

Directly after intermission, the band will play Fillmore's march "Military Escort." The second half of the program will also include Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze," Moussorgsky's "Great Gate of Kiev" from "Pictures at an Exhibition," the "Repasz Band March," the "Old Comrades March," the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy," and the Sousa march "Sabre and Spurs," which was dedicated to the 311th Cavalry and first performed in 1918.

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 S. Academy Drive.

The Ephrata Concert Band will play a different program of music at the park each Sunday evening through July 23.

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