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Members: Performing Arts

PRAA’s Performing Arts members present a wide variety of artistic styles including ballet, choral music, ethnic events, symphonic music, theater presentations and more. Many of these organizations include local and community members showcased as the performers. Other organizations present performances and concerts featuring national and international artists and musicians.

1901 Church 1901 Church

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The mission of 1901 Church, Inc. is to conserve former church buildings and find reuses for them that add to the community’s quality of life.

The former Immaculate Conception Church was reopened as “The Grand Halle on Broad Street” in September of 2012. Now the Grand Halle features monthly concerts that showcase its brilliant acoustics and some of the area’s brightest musical talents. Thanks to its Gothic ambiance, resonate Adam Stein pipe organ and Munich-style stained glass, The Grand Halle also has become one of Greater Johnstown’s premier wedding and special-event rental venues.

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Acoustic Brew Coffeehouse Acoustic Brew Coffeehouse

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Acoustic Brew Coffeehouse, located in Lemont, PA, presents concerts from September through June in a 100 year old former church that has wonderful acoustics and ambiance. Regional and nationally known artists are featured, and the musical styles include acoustic music, Celtic, folk, bluegrass and much more.

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Altoona Community Theatre
Altoona Community Theatre

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Altoona Community Theatre (ACT) has taken top honors at state and regional theatre festivals and has received national exposure as the featured theatre in STAGE DIRECTIONS, a community theatre trade magazine. As one of Blair County’s premier arts organizations, ACT remains dedicated to entertaining and enlightening the community and providing local residents with the opportunity to showcase their creative talents onstage and backstage.

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Altoona Sweet Adelines
Altoona Sweet Adelines

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The Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines is an organization of female singers who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun. They currently have over 35 singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and from all parts of the central Pennsylvania area.

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Altoona Symphony Orchestra Altoona Symphony Orchestra

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The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to celebrating it 87th Season in 2015-16. This is an outstanding achievement in an era when many orchestras throughout the country cannot boast of such a history. Founded in 1928, the Gerhart String Ensemble has grown over the years to become a full orchestra. Once relying on community volunteers, even donating their own money to purchase music, the Symphony now employs over 75 professional musicians. The mission of the Altoona Symphony has always been to provide high-quality music to the residents of Central Pennsylvania.

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Arcadia Performing Arts
Arcadia Performing Arts

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The historic Arcadia Theater opened on May 5, 1921 showcasing vaudeville acts and cinema productions until it was closed in 1975. In 1977 a local theater company began to make plans for the Arcadia to be its headquarters but the Johnstown Flood in July 1977 severely damaged the building and it was again closed.

In 1989 the Eureka Coal Heritage Foundation purchased the theater and began to restore it to its former splendor. On October 31, 1998 the Arcadia reopened its magnificent doors with the production of “Best of Broadway.” With the exception of persent day computer technology to control both sound and light systems, the Arcadia Theater has successfully recaptured its original beauty and “magic”, with both its appearance and live performances.

Today, the Arcadia Theater is proud of the quality of performers that have been showcased, including: Florence Henderson, The Mantovani Orchestra, The Lettermen, Gary Burgoff, The Platters, Pat Boone, The Osmonds, Al Martino, The 5th Dimension, and the U.S. Marine Corp Band; in addition to children’s series performances.

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Bedford County Players
Bedford County Players

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Many people across the world enjoy the arts in one form or another, in big cities and small towns. In the historical town of Bedford, Pennsylvania the arts are alive and well within our community and the Bedford County Players have been making sure of that for many years.

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Blair Concert Chorale
Blair Concert Chorale

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PRAA member organization
Blairsville Monday Music Club

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Bradford Creative and Performing Arts
Bradford Creative and Performing Arts

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Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center presents a wide variety of professional artists and ensembles ranging from internationally known performers to local talented artists just getting started. Over the years they have presented Bradford native and world-renowned opera star Marilyn Horne, pop and Broadway star Donny Osmond, Carol Channing, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre,  Momix, Buffalo Philharmonic with Marvin Hamlisch, Pittsburgh Symphony, River City Brass, John Tesh and National Republic of China Acrobats, and many more. They have also presented Broadway musicals and country music concerts featuring Diamond Rio, The Oakridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Leann Rimes and others.

BCPAC also works with schools in the area to offer students many opportunities to meet and interact with BCPAC performers and develop a greater appreciation for the arts. Summer theater workshops are offered and many students are included in a week-long residency by Missoula Children’s Theater.

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Civic Concert Band
Civic Concert Band

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The Civic Concert Band has been in existence for over 50 years, providing summer band concerts in the Johnstown area. The band is comprised of music educators and professional musicians, and also includes young talented student musicians who are recommended by their music instructors.

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Cresson Lake Playhouse
Cresson Lake Playhouse

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Cresson Lake Playhouse was incorporated in February 1974 as a professionally directed not-for-profit theatre company.Located in a historic barn theater in Loretto, PA, the CLP offers a series of productions each summer as well as workshops and children’s productions.

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First Lutheran Church Recital Series
First Lutheran Church Recital Series

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The First Lutheran Church Recital Series presents concerts of 1/2 hour in length followed by a light lunch. The concerts are presented on Tuesdays in the months of March, June, and October. The musical programs are varied, and have included vocal soloists, pianists, organists and other instrumentalists, and dance groups. The church is located in downtown Johnstown.

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Footlight Players
Footlight Players

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Footlight Players is a youth-theater summer program which takes place on the campus of Indiana University of PA. Students participate in intensive workshops and rehearsals for four weeks. The program finishes in a festival of plays produced and performed by the students who are delighted to show what they have learned.

Workshops are taught by theater professionals and counselors who are experienced in working with children. Footlight Players is an outreach project of the IUP Department of Theater and  Dance.

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Greensburg Civic Theatre
Greensburg Civic Theatre

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Greensburg Civic Theatre has brought the performing arts to the Greensburg area for over 60 years! Founded in 1951, Greensburg Civic Theatre is one of only a few long-established, volunteer-based, community theatre organizations in Westmoreland County. Now in its 62nd season, the non-profit corporation was founded by a small group of people who wanted to provide a forum for local actors and theatre craftsmen, including costumers, set builders, and lighting and sound technicians.

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Hollidaysburg Community Band
Hollidaysburg Community Band

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The Hollidaysburg Community Band is comprised of dedicated volunteer musicians from Hollidaysburg and its surrounding areas who have a common interest in playing great music, improving their musical skills, and having fun. The band was founded in 1953 and was originally called the Hollidaysburg Alumni Band comprised of only Hollidaysburg Area High School alumni. Over the years the membership of the band has changed and it is now made up of musicians from throughout the central PA region, ranging in age from high school students to musicians in their 90’s. The band’s stated purpose is “to provide an opportunity for area musicians to express and develop their skill and share their talent with the local community.”

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Indiana Players
Indiana Players

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Johnstown Concert Series
Johnstown Concert Series

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The Johnstown Concert Series was founded in 2005 to provide Johnstown with the opportunity to enjoy small groups of excellent musicians in a local setting. Now in its ninth season, the JCS  has brought musicians from all over the world to perform for an ever-growing audience. The series includes many genres of music including classical, vocal and jazz. Performers often meet with the audience after concerts, and when possible master classes are scheduled to provide additional opportunities for students.

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Johnstown Concert Ballet
Johnstown Concert Ballet

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The Johnstown Concert Ballet Company is a 501c3 nonprofit, all-volunteer, organization, supporting the ballet school and its many productions. This includes JCB’s annual Nutcracker Ballet, and a Spring performance that changes every year. Company members work tirelessly behind the scenes year-round, funding and securing costumes, set design, storage, studio space, marketing and venues for rehearsals and performances. Company members also rally and organize the dozens of volunteers it takes to create the ballet’s productions.

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Johnstown Symphony Orchestra
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

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The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1929 by a small group of local musicians who organized an ensemble in the face of the Great Depression. Supported by the Johnstown Recreation Commission and the surrounding communities, the JSO developed into a strong community orchestra despite small budgets and the onset of World War II. The JSO’s Music Director, Istvan Jaray, is an internationally acclaimed conductor. He has regularly  appeared in concert halls in Europe, Canada  and the United States  in the last twenty years. His dynamic leadership has brought the JSO to the  rank of a high quality Metropolitan Orchestra.

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The Lively Arts
Lively Arts

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The Lively Arts offers the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus and community nearly 200 events annually, encompassing all performing and visual arts events presented by the College of Fine Arts and its departments, including Art, Music, and Theater and Dance, as well as the University Museum and Kipp Gallery, and a performing artist series, Ovations!. ArtsPath is the extensive arts-in-education outreach program of the Lively Arts.

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New Castle Music Club Chorus
New Castle Music Club Chorus

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The mission of the MUSIC CLUB CHORUS of NEW CASTLE is to prepare and perform George Frideric Handel’s Messiah – the watershed oratorio that has excited and challenged humankind for generations — and to offer listeners and performers the distinct opportunity to be a part of this truly monumental classic. The group strives to continually develop the musical, artistic, educational, and spiritual aspects of this single work. They include participants across age, racial, and physically challenged spectrums. (The chorus has included the blind and regularly offers an interpreter-in-sign language for the hearing impaired. All performance sites are accessible to the handicapped.) It is common to have both teenagers and octogenarians working on and performing the same voice part.

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New Kensington Civic Theatre
New Kensington Civic Theatre

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The New Kensington Civic Theatre (NKCT) is one of the countries oldest, continuously performing, all volunteer community theatres. It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the New Kensington Little Theatre in 1945.

Its mission statement says that the NKCT desires to serve the area as a center for anyone interested in theatre activity; to offer opportunities to advance knowledge and skills in the theatre crafts; and to enhance the recreational, educational and cultural advantages of the community.

The NKCT reaches a large cross-section of the community through an average of four (3) main stage productions during each regular season and sometimes a Children’s Workshop in the summer, utilizing a variety of area venues. The theater company has its home in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

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Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center

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Welcome to the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center- Where the arts come ALIVE! We are proud to serve as a cultural, artistic, educational, social, and economic resource for the Greater Johnstown area! The PPAC is located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and features many exciting events year-round! We offer a Mainstage season yearly composed of a wide array of exciting performances, including: full-scale Broadway touring companies, music from the symphony to popular music artists, classical ballet to modern and international dance, fantastic programs for all ages, and internationally known jazz artists! Aside from our own Mainstage season of events, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra also performs a full season. The PPAC is also a host to the UPJ music and theatre department events, the Johnstown Concert Ballet, River City Brass Band, Stage Door Series for children, Out of His Mind Dance Company, Concepts Dance Company, Le Dance Academie, and Sharon’s Dance Studio.

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Pennsylvania Consort
Pennsylvania Consort

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Pennsylvania Consort, located in Bedford PA,  sponsors a six-concert Guest Artist Series in the fall and spring each year, six free outdoor summer music concerts, a performance each December of Handel’s Messiah and educational programs in the schools.

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Seton Hill University Community Arts
Seton Hill Community Arts

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The Community Arts Program at Seton Hill University is comprised of the Community Music Program and the Seton Hill University Dance Academy (SHUDA). Students in the Community Arts Programs in music and dance instruction are primarily school-age children but also include a small percentage of adults, as well as some University students who wish to continue their studies.

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Tyrone Community Players
Tyrone Community Players

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Tyrone Community Players was the dream of several mothers in the community who wanted their children to have the opportunity to participate in live theater. They worked hard to find others who shared their dream. This dream was realized with their debut performance in 1984, a sold-out show called The Orphans. They performed in a historic theater in the Tyrone YMCA building, a space that their group worked to renovate. After the first year they established a 3-show season that still continues.

In 2004 the Tyrone Community Players lost their home in the YMCA because of the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan. The local YMCA disbanded, and the building that housed the theater was closed as being unsafe. The Tyrone Community Players purchased another building which was formerly a library and before that an Elks Lodge. Plans for renovating the building still are in their preliminary stages, and options are being explored for a new performance space. In the meantime, the Tyrone Community Players are producing and performing quality theater in this hometown of Tyrone.

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Venue of Merging Arts Venue of Merging Arts

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Westminster College
Westminster College

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Westminster College brings top entertainers to the region through Celebrity Series and showcases its talented students and faculty in numerous concerts, recitals, and Theatre Westminster productions. Many of the Music Department concerts are free and open to the public.

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Westmoreland Choral Society
Westmoreland Choral Society

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The Westmoreland Choral Society is an 80 member community chorus established in 1971 and located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  Its singers, united for over 40 years by a love of singing and the challenge of performing quality choral music, come from a wide variety of backgrounds in a five county area of WesternPennsylvania.  In addition to its annual four concert season in Greensburg and surrounding communities, the Society has performed concerts in Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore, Colonial Williamsburg, Lancaster, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and most recently in the New England area in the summer of 2004.  It currently has an on-going relationship with the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, River City Brass, Bodiography, and Nancy Galbraith.
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