Uptown Music Collective’s Unplugged

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February 18, 2013

An upcoming concert, UMC Unplugged, is an event open to the public. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday February 22, 2013 and Saturday February 23, 2013, at the Community Theatre League, 100 West Third Street in Williamsport.

According to Jared Mondell, admissions and marketing director for the Uptown Music Collective, “Our students are very excited for this concert,” Mondell said. “Especially with it being a bit of uncharted territory.”

Unplugged is a different type of show because the performers will use only acoustic instruments.

“We did a show last year at the CTL and really enjoyed it! It’s nice to have that intimate feeling that the theater offers, especially with a show like this,” said Mondell.

Who: The Uptown Music Collective (a 501 c3 Non-Profit School of Music)

What: UMC Unplugged

Where: Community Theatre League

When: February 22 & 23, 2013

Cost: $8, $15, and 2 for $25

Tickets: Community Theatre League Box Office

This performance marks the second collaboration with the Community Theatre League after last year’s successful performance of 42nd and Broadway: A Contemporary Broadway Revue. This year’s performance was inspired by the long-running television series, MTV’s Unplugged, and will pay tribute to performances such as Eric Clapton’s Layla, Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive, and Alanis Morissette’s Ironic.

“Our first collaboration was a great success,” says Jacquie Engel, CTL’s Youth Program Coordinator. “CTL's intimate space really allows the audience to get up close and personal with the performers and that creates a new experience for everyone. We are so excited to do an ‘unplugged’ concert and think the Community Theatre is the perfect venue for this type of show.”

Beginning in 1989, MTV’s Unplugged features top artists performing their popular songs with only acoustic instruments. Folk and acoustic music’s increase in popularity fueled the series’ success and the show is still on air today and features bands and artists that are currently popular. The series established a number of new acts such as The Indigo Girls, R.E.M., and Sinéad O’Connor, and renewed interest in beloved artists like Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan.

Established in April of 2000, the Uptown Music Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school of music, has developed a reputation as the premier source of music education in the area, with an enrollment of over 135 students. Offering private lessons at all levels on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, as well as classes and workshops in music theory, songwriting, and styles such as the Blues, Jazz, Classical and Rock. While the primary age range of Collective students is 10 – 18 yrs. of age, the schools programs are open all ages and levels. Along with private lessons, the UMC offers a myriad of programs including its flagship Performance Program. This program educates students about the ins and outs of major and minor performances, including direction, production, preparation and technical aspects of the performances. The student directors for this performance are Tyler Quigley and Ronald Reynolds, both seniors at Loyalsock Township High School.

The Uptown Music Collective is committed to providing comprehensive music education to dedicated music students in the Williamsport community and surrounding areas. The school feels strongly about the role of music in creating well-rounded, thoughtful young people, and works to establish characteristics such as self-discipline and personal responsibility in each of its students through healthy habits such as practice and self- control. Uptown Music Collective students consistently perform at high levels not only musically, but also in their respective schools and as valuable members of other community organizations.

“We have been impressed with the wonderful concerts the UMC has presented at the CAC and thought they'd be a perfect fit in our space,” Engel remarks. “It gives the performers the opportunity to tailor their numbers for different settings, maybe to think outside the box a bit. The first collaboration was a Broadway inspired concert, and this unplugged presentation is another great fit for us.”

“I have always admired the work of the Community Theater League in our community, it is such an honor for us to perform in their theater, said Dave Brumbaugh, UMC Executive Director. “I have had the pleasure of performing there personally and the intimacy of the space, surrounded on three sides by the audience, makes for a very special experience. I am so happy that we have the opportunity to offer that experience to our students. Also performing all of this great music acoustically will make this concert a rare treat that those that love our performances shouldn’t miss”.

Tickets for this performance are $8 for students, $15 for adults, or 2 for $25. Tickets are available through the Community Theatre League website and box office. For more information about UMC Unplugged, or the Uptown Music Collective, check out www.uptownmusic.org/mediaroom or call 570-329-0888.

 Uptown Students Speak Out

“This show is different from other Collective shows, especially due to the relaxed and intimate atmosphere.” - AJ Robbins, Loyalsock High School, 15

“Normally we take a stage and try to rock out and put as much energy into the performance. With all of the acoustic songs and the setting of the show we can get a little more personal with the audience. This is the first kind of show we’ve done like this so it’s going to be an interesting experience watching it turn out. It’s going to be relaxing and soothing time and I can’t wait for it.” – Levi Stover, South Williamsport High School, 18

“I’m honestly pretty stoked for this performance. I get to play a whole menagerie of different instruments, which is something I’m always up for. Needless to say, this will positively show a whole new side of Collective performances.” – Tess Clutter, Williamsport High School, 16

“Since the beginning of last summer, I have been excited for this performance. This will be the first show I have ever help direct and the songs we have chosen are truly the best of MTV’s unplugged performances. I have had the opportunity to play a lot of great songs that I will remember for a long time. Considering that this show will be my last, I am proud to be able to play with such great people and I definitely believe that this is a show that no one should miss!” – Tyler Quigley, Loyalsock High School, 18

 

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