In high school I remember taking a class called "Music Appreciation". Miss L. introduced rather unenthusiastic teenagers to a variety of types of music. We resisted a lot of her suggestions (classical, opera, jazz) but she had a "try it, you might like it" attitude. There will be plenty of opportunities to put Miss L's advice to the test because the hills of Schuylkill County will definitely be alive with the sound of music this month. Find something you like or better yet, try something new!
Friday, April 15
Blue Note Cafe at the Schuylkill Country Club, 877 West Market Street, Orwigsburg starting from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Same Time Next Year jazz band (which includes many local musicians) will be playing the music of Frank Sinatra, BB King, Phil woods and Miles Davis. Advance tickets are $20 and $25 at the door and include lite fare. There will be a cash bar. Seating is limited so call 570-622-2788 for tickets.
Friday, April 22
Block of Art will begin on a musical note with forties music by Kim Russell-Seibert, twenties music (on the harp!) by Chelsea Smarr and Big Band music by the Moonlighters from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Porterhouse Grill at the Ramada Inn, 101 S. Progress Avenue, Pottsville. FREE
In another corner of the county (Branchdale to be exact), pianist Stuart Ryerse will be performing original music at St. Mary Church, 72 State Road from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and include a dinner of baked ham, roast beef, green beans, carrots, potatoes, Italian cake, cheescake and wine. For reservations call 570-815-4543.
Saturday, April 23
Block of Art music continues at the Majestic Theatre, 209 N. Centre Street, Pottsville with the First Annual Youth Talent Show at 1 p.m. The Anthracite Philharmonic will be at the First United Methodist Church, 330 West Market Street, Pottsville with Mussorgsky's "Pictures at the Exhibition" and Grieg's Piano concerto. Not to mention musicians on the streets throughout the day! FREE
Sunday, April 24
The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble will be performing at 3 p.m. at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven. The concert will include ten musicians playing the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and more.
Saturday, April 30
Chad Reinert will be performing rockabilly, pop, country and R&B at the Orwigsburg Memorial Building. The show begins at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 570-617-7642 for tickets.
Sunday, May 1
The Gabriel Youth Orchestra (local students in grades 7 through 12) will be performing at the DHH Lengel Middle School auditorium at 3 p.m.