Ukulele group plans music festival

The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective, a ukulele club based in Altoona, will hold its third annual Allegheny Ukulele Soiree April 15-17 at Laurel Lodge, Duncansville.

The soiree is the longest-running ukulele festival in Pennsylvania, providing education and entertainment opportunities for ukulele enthusiasts and our local community.

Approximately 100 to 125 participants will have access to more than 18 different workshops over the course of the weekend, as well as concert performances by guest artists and teachers, including Paul Hemmings, Skye Zentz and Colin Coleman.

Visit soiree.alleghenyukes.com for more information and to register.

Proceeds from the soiree benefit the Kollective’s educational programs, including its Ukulele Lending Library Program, which was recently recognized on Smithsonian Magazine’s website, www.smithsonianmag.com in an article called “Pennsylvania Libraries Will Let You Check Out a Ukulele.”

The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective, currently at 30-50 members, continues to grow and provide community enrichment and connection through monthly jam sessions for all levels held in Altoona and Hollidaysburg.

Outreach concerts are held throughout the year; recent community performances include Altoona’s Arts on the Avenue, First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg, a concert performance at First Night State College, the Altoona Symphony’s Canal Basin Park concert, Hollidaysburg, and Day In the Arts, Peoples Natural Gas Ballpark.

The Kollective has also spearheaded a Ukulele Lending Library Program now spreading from Blair to a projected five counties and more than 30 public libraries in Central Pennsylvania.

Visit alleghenyukes.com or call 826-4232 for more information or to help support the Kollective’s programs.