Pianist will add local flavor to act

LEWISTOWN -The 2013-14 Mifflin-Juniata Community Concert Association series concludes on Tuesday with a performance by Dale Gonyea.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Mifflin County High School. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

One night only tickets will be sold in the front lobby at the school for $25. Students 18 and under are always admitted free. For rides, CARS is available by calling 242-2277.

Gonyea is a painist, humorist and songwriter who personalizes each performance with a taste of local character and spirit.

At the age of 5, Gonyea got up early one morning and, without a single lesson, spontaneously began playing the piano. His parents were astonished because they did not have a piano. They decided he either needed therapy or a piano. Therapy was expensive, so they bought a piano and a career was born.

Gonyea uses the piano to springboard his unique brand of humor. He has written numerous songs for Disney and for stars like Bette Midler, Ray Stevens and Rich Little. He has earned an Emmy, a Clio nomination, and his song-spoof “I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow,” was Grammy-nominated for Comedy Record of the Year.

Gonyea’s television appearances include “Evening at the Improv,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” and he was a special musical reporter on “Entertainment Tonight.”

The 2014-15 concert season begins in September and includes:

  • Sept. 14 -Live From Nashville – The new Matt Davenport show features the city and the music of performers that made the best of country music famous – Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Taylor Swift and others. This is a high octane, fully produced country show with a live band.
  • Oct. 16 -Fernando Varela -Easily handling opera, Broadway and pop, Varela is a modern day tenor who has made numerous appearances with superstar singers in both popular and operatic roles. Last fall he was on “America’s Got Talent,” as a part of the Forte Trio that was a finalist in the competition.
  • March 19, 2015 – Brothers on the Battlefield -This theatric/multimedia production marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass Band brings the sounds of Sousa, Elvis, the Beatles and Earth, Wind and Fire, and a narrator to tell this historic story. Six virtuoso musicians perform a broad range of music, from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement.
  • April 14, 2015 -Four Celtic Voices -A quartet of female vocalists and instrumentalists, known for their dazzling musicianship and enthralling artistry will take the stage to perform Irish classics, ballads and upbeat original compositions using their voices, a Celtic harp, harmonium, flute and a bowed psaltery.
  • May 2, 2015 – Let’s Hang On -A Frankie Valli Tribute -This four-man group features the music and nostalgia of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, including a nod to the Broadway smash hit “Jersey Boys.” A live band and theatrical production brings the songs of the ’60s back to life: “My Girl,” “Sherry,” “I Love You Baby,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

During the concert season, if school is cancelled or there is an early dismissal due to weather conditions on concert day, the concert will not be held, but will be rescheduled.

For more information, call Barbara Nielsen at 248-5732.