Highland Arts Unlimited will start its 47th season with a free concert

KEYSER, W.Va. — Highland Arts Unlimited will kick off its 47th season of entertainment with a free concert by Pan Jammin’ steel drum bands Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia University Potomac State College. Residents seeking membership in Highland Arts Unlimited will receive a discount in... View Article

KEYSER, W.Va. — Highland Arts Unlimited will kick off its 47th season of entertainment with a free concert by Pan Jammin’ steel drum bands Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia University Potomac State College.

Residents seeking membership in Highland Arts Unlimited will receive a discount in their selected category up to and including the night of the performance on Aug. 22.

“Highland Arts is an all-volunteer organization that depends on individual memberships as well as corporate and business memberships,” said Charles Whitehill, president of the organization. “Our mission is to being quality music, drama, dance and visual arts programs to the community, as well as providing free arts programs to Mineral County schools. All citizens of the area are encouraged to join and help meet our financial obligations for the coming season.”

The second program in the series will take place Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and features the music of a California group known as Folk Legends, which performs the music made famous by folk groups.

The members, George Grove, Rick Dougherty and Jerry Siggins, have been performing since the actual days of the great folk era.

Next in the lineup is one of the most famous vocal groups in the world, the Vienna Boys Choir, which will take the stage Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

“This is the most expensive group in our season and we hope to fill all the seats in order to meet our budget,” said Whitehill. “Purchasing a season membership in Highland Arts is the most economic way to enjoy this world-renowned group along with the other great performances.”

At 3 p.m. on Nov. 10, Highland Arts will present one of the most distinguished brass quintets in the region, Bayfield Brass, performing at the Keyser Presbyterian Church.

The group of talented military brass players based in Annapolis plays a variety of patriotic, swing and Renaissance music, and will present a veterans tribute.

To round out the fall season and to get audience members into the holiday spirit, HAU will present the Cumberland Choral Society Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The group of approximately 50 singers, accompanied by an orchestra of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, will present both classical and seasonal holiday music.

On Feb. 20, Highland Arts will host the Virginia Repertory Theatre in a program presented at Keyser High School billed as “I Have a Dream,” for high school students only.

To end the season, Highland Arts will have back by popular demand one of the most famous bluegrass bands in the nation, Seldom Scene, at 7:30 p.m. on April 25 at Church-McKee.

The five-piece bluegrass band features banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, Dobro, bass and vocals.

“We hope that all citizens of the area take this opportunity to hear first-class bluegrass music played by first-class performers,” said Whitehill. “Highland Arts looks forward to seeing all our former members and many new members as we launch into our 47th season.”

Brochures and letters to corporations and businesses will be mailed in July or early August.

For more information about HAU, call 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9465.

From the Cumberland Times-News, 6/21/19