Author: The Gathering Place for Community, Arts & Education

Tech Tutors

Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 7PM
Cost: Free

Do you need a few pointers to help you use your phone or I-pad even better? 

A group of Abington Heights High School student volunteers called the Tech Tutors will offer advice  and answer questions on how to get the most out of  your devices.  The students will work individually with anyone attending the class.  All passwords will be put in by the owner and will not be shared with the volunteers, so there should be no problem with security. 

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DuoMotive Musical Program

DuoMotive

The Gathering Place
Clarks Summit, PA

July 7th   4 PM

Michelle Li, flute

Michael McAndrew, piano

Cantabile et Presto (1904)                                                 Georges Enesco (1881-1955)

Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 94 (1943)                        Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

III. Andante

  1. Allegro con brio

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1954)                           Jindřich Feld (1925-2007)

  1. Largo

                                                                        intermission

Zoom Tube (1999)                                                      Ian Clarke (b. 1964)

Deep Blue (2012)                                                                                              

The Great Train Race (1993)

machine-driven (2019)                                              Michael McAndrew (b. 1993)

Over the Rainbow (1939)                                          Harold Arlen (1905-1986)

Summertime (1935)                                                   George Gershwin (1891-1937)

            From Porgy and Bess                                                                                    

I’ve Got Rhythm       

But Not for Me (1930)

            From Girl Crazy

Someone to Watch Over Me (1926)

            From Oh, Kay!

They Can’t Take That Away From Me (1937)

            From Shall We Dance

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DuoMotive Artist Bios

About DuoMotive

Flutist Michelle Ligraduated from Binghamton University in 2017, earning a B.A. in Music with Highest Honors and a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. At Binghamton, Michelle was Co-Principal Flute of the Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra, and she performed frequently on flute studio recitals, Mid-Day Concerts sponsored by the music department, performance classes, and on and off campus with various flute chamber ensembles.

In 2016, Michelle made her orchestral debut with the Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the university’s Concerto Competition. Michelle values collaboration and is a member of several chamber groups. She co-founded DuoMotive with pianist Michael McAndrew, a flute and piano chamber duo focusing on contemporary music and commissions, and the duo premiered “Lost and Found” by award-winning composer Nathan Scalise in July 2018. Michelle has placed in several competitions including the Great Composers Competition, ChaMP, and MTNA.

As a teacher, Michelle is enthusiastic, encouraging, and quick to diagnose and resolve issues and questions that students may have. Students have stated that Michelle is open to ideas, offers good practice and pedagogical techniques, is encouraging, and leaves students feeling more confident in themselves.

Michelle currently studies with Nina Assimakopoulos at West Virginia University, where she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Past instructors include Georgetta Maiolo and Dr. Angela McBrearty.

 

Michael N. McAndrew maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach, currently playing with Lyric Theatre at Illinois, DuoMotive (co-founded with flutist, Michelle Li), and as coaching staff for Songe d’été en musique in Quebec, Canada. He has also played with the Summer Harmony Men’s Chorus, Tri-Cities Opera, Binghamton Community Orchestra, Penn State Worthington Chorale, the Foothills Opera Experience, and has premiered several new works by student composers. He has also worked with artists such as Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Bob Dorough, the Momenta Quartet, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, and 1985 Metropolitan Opera National Audition Winner, Maryte Bizinkauskas. Michael was also founder and director/pianist of the Night of Stars concert series, which fundraised for several organizations in the Southern Tier area of New York.

As a composer, he has been hailed as “harmonically gorgeous”, with a desire “to hear more from him”. He has had pieces premiered by the DeMarina Trio, Plexus Collective, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, and the Momenta Quartet in various venues such as the Crane School of Music, the Beleura House and Garden (Victoria, Australia), Zoellner Arts Center, ICA’s Clarinet Fest, and at the renowned Christmas Vespers at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. He was selected as the winner of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 2nd Annual Young Composer Competition in 2012, and recently was finalist in the 2019 NATS Art Song Competition for his cycle of the element and in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Call for Scores for his orchestral work Sandcastles of Yesterday

His latest engagements included two full performances of Winterreise at UIUC, along with vocal coaching/music preparation for La Bohéme and Crazy for You and assistant conducting The Rape of Lucretia for Lyric Theatre at Illinois. He will perform Winterreise again in August with baritone Kevin Lucas in Middletown, NJ, and for the 2019-2020 Lyric Theatre season, Michael will be music director for Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World.

Michael is currently a DMA candidate in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studies collaborative piano with Michael Tilley and composition with Carlos Carrillo. He also holds degrees from Binghamton University (MM), where he studied composition with Daniel Thomas Davis and collaborative piano with Joel Harder, and Moravian College (BM), where studied composition with Larry Lipkis and Sean O’ Boyle, piano with Barbara Thompson, and collaborative piano with Graeme Burgan.

Michael is also active as pianist/organist for Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, Illinois and has also held church positions at Calvary UMC in Vestal, NY, St. Luke’s Episcopal in Scranton, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA.

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Free Concert by DuoMotive

July 7 at 4 PM

Pianist and singer Michael N. McAndrew and flutist Michelle Li, known as DuoMotive,  will present a coffee house concert at The Gathering Place  on Sunday, July 7 at 4 PM.  The program will include classical selections by Enesco, Prokofiev and Feld in the first half, then modern selections and a rousing group of Gershwin tunes, including Summertime, I’ve Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me and others.

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Doctrina Mycologia: Growing & Cooking Mushrooms

Date: Sunday, July 21   Register by July 14  
Time: 4 PM
Cost: $30.00

A diverse mycology seminar focusing on the everyday uses of fungi by Ten Mile Mushrooms. Cooking, cultivation, bioremediation, and other interesting fungal nodes! 

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Tech Tutoring

Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 7 PM
Cost: Free

Stymied by the rapid changes in technology? Need a few pointers to help you use your phone or I-pad even better? 

The Tech Tutors, student volunteers of Abington Heights High School, will offer advice and answer questions so you can get the most out of your devices.  The students will work individually with anyone who attends. 

For the sake of security, all passwords will be put in by the owner and will not be shared with the volunteer Tech Tutors.

Need more information? Call 570-881-7612.

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Meet the Chief

Date: Monday, July 1 
Time: 6:00 PM

Free and open to all

Meet Clarks Summit Police Chief Christopher Yarns.

Join Chief Yarns and some of his officers for an evening where you can ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know better your local police force.

The key to trust between a community and its law enforcement is familiarity and understanding of expectations and goals. Meet the Chief is one avenue to achieving those goals.

Chief Yarns has been police chief since 2014.

Free Coffee and Donuts served.

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Democracy & Authoritarianism

Date: Wednesday, July 31
Time: Noon
Cost: $5.00

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We celebrate and participate in democracy, the idea that the people (the demos) rule the political community by the election of leadership by a majority of the whole population. As Lincoln put it, “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Long ago Plato predicted that democracy would degenerate into tyranny and last year Madeline Albright warned us that we as a democracy were sliding into fascism. While they have their differences, both tyranny and fascism are forms of authoritarianism, that is, a political form organized around blind submission to authority, where authority is a single individual or a small elite group who are not constitutionally responsible or constrained. What is it about democracy that leads to this degeneration? What is so attractive about authoritarianism?

Harold Baillie, Ph.D. will present the issues and open the floor to questions and discussion.

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