Disney on Ice visits Indiana
INDIANA - "Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey" will come to Indiana for the first time ever for a series of performances Dec. 1 through Dec. 4 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 4.
The show features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as the tour guides through the Disney classics "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," "Lilo & Stitch" and "Peter Pan."
This photograph by Donald Robinson, titled “Spring Ferns, Ligonier #1, Pennsylvania” (1995), is part of the exhibit “Donald M. Robinson: Seasons of Western Pennsylvania,” on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown from Dec. 9 through April 28.
Tickets are $15, $25, $40 for VIP seats and $50 for front row seats. Tickets are available at the Kovalchick Complex Box Office, online at Comcasttix.com or by phone at 800-298-4200. For groups of 15 or more, call 724-357-5205.
Concert band offers show
HUNTINGDON - The Juniata College Concert Band will perform selections spanning a globe of influence from England to Australia to the United States in its fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert will feature works by various composers, including Aaron Copland, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Percy Grainger. The concert will close with "The Blue and the Gray," by Clare Grundman.
Admission for all adults is $5. Students under 18 and all Juniata students are admitted free.
Show features new dances
Penn State Altoona's Ivyside Dance Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 - 9 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Becky Bickford will join the Ensemble as a guest choreographer, bringing West African traditional dance to the repertoire. Bickford studied in Guinea and Ghana before returning to her native Johnstown, where she is a teacher and dancer. She leads a cast of fifteen dancers in "Kuku," a traditional Guinean Women's Fishing Rhythm.
Connor Weigand also contributes to the choreographic tapestry with a new piece of contemporary style dance, featuring Josh Barr and Chelsea Raspatello, two Altoona natives who are senior members of the dance company.
KT Huckabee, assistant professor of integrative arts and dance, debuts a piece, "Follow the Sun," bringing dance, singing, and innovative set and lighting design to the stage.
Caitlin Osborne, instructor in integrative arts and dance as well as director of the company, combines the high theatricality of masks with an Asian-flavored movement palette in "Grotesqueries."
Tickets are $5 for Penn State Altoona students and $7 general admission. Children under age 12 are admitted free. For tickets or more information, call 949-5452.
Juniata groups to perform
HUNTINGDON - There will be music for almost any audiophile's taste - from show tunes, to classical, to jazz - at a concert of the Juniata College Jazz Ensemble and various chamber groups at 4 p.m. Saturday in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.
The groups performing with the Jazz Ensemble are: The Clarinet Choir; The Honors Brass Quintet; The Honors Saxophone Quartet; and The Honors Woodwind Quintet.
The Juniata instrumental music program is overseen by James Latten, associate professor of music.
Tickets are $3 for adults and Juniata students and students under 18 are admitted free.
Photographer explores home
JOHNSTOWN - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown will present its latest exhibition, "Donald M. Robinson: Seasons of Western Pennsylvania," from Dec. 9 through April 28. The exhibition features approximately 40 photographs culled from the museum's permanent collection.
Previous SAMA exhibitions of Robinson's work have chronicled the artist's ventures to exotic locations such as Africa, Asia, Antarctica, the Middle East, and South America. His photography has been exhibited across the world and in 1991 he was awarded the Artist of Excellence award by the Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique. He has won the Photograph Society of America's Galaxy Award, and has won 25 gold medals for "Best of Show" in various international photography salons.
SAMA-Johnstown is located in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Vienna Choir to play PSU
UNIVERSITY PARK - A singing group with more than 500 years of tradition will take the stage when the Vienna Boys Choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium.
Dressed in their trademark sailor suits and shiny black shoes, the 25 10- to 14-year-olds will perform a repertoire of Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, pop tunes and holiday favorites.
Tickets are $37 for adults, $20 for University Park students and $26 for those ages 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at www.cpa.psu.edu, by calling 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX or in person at the Eisenhower Auditorium, the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, the HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and the Bryce Jordan Center.
Mansion holds mystery event
The historic Baker Mansion, 3419 Oak Lane, Altoona, will host the interactive murder mystery "Mystics, Mayhem & Murder at the Mansion," by Monica Dietrick, from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday.
The story of the mystery goes: "The year is 1880, and a group of mystics, psychics and skeptics have been preparing for a lucrative night of fortune telling and spirit communications.
"When Mina Myers, a young, beautiful, and some say 'gifted,' psychic turns up dead before the nights events get started, an interesting murder must be solved. Was she killed by a rival ... did she fall in love with the wrong man ... was a spirit that upset with her?"
Guests will take notes and ask questions of the suspects to try and solve the murder.
Admission is $6 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and students and $3 for those under age 12.