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Vanessa Campagna, Banjo Club open Cultural Center summer season

6/14/2010 —

Beaver County singing sensation Vanessa Campagna will open the 34th summer season of the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, in the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater. The series will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, with a free concert by the Pittsburgh Banjo Club directed by Frank Rossi. In the event of rain or inclement weather, concerts will be held in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

This summer’s Brodhead Cultural Center corporate partner is Clearview Federal Credit Union. Cosponsors are The Times, ARA Corporation, The Idea Works, and Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545.

Recently Campagna released her second CD, “Can You Hear Me Now” which she recorded in Nashville. Several years ago, Campagna was chosen out of 24,000 youngsters to appear on CBS’ Star Search and since then has performed with artists including Reba McIntyre, Wynona Judd, Tricia Yearwood, Vince Gill, Clint Black and Dierks Bentley. She’s also performed with rockers Rick Springfield and Donnie Iris and has sung with some of television’s most popular young actors and musicians, including Drake Bell from the "Drake and Josh Show" on Nickelodeon and Aaron Carter, Everlife, A.J. Trauth, T-Squad, and Triple Image from the Disney Channel.

Campagna has toured with award winning composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch and various symphonies, including the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Buffalo Philharmonic Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Campagna, Hamlisch, and Roberta Flack performed in honor of First Lady Laura Bush at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell concessions prior to and during the performance. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarships for Beaver campus students.

Beginning at 6:30 p. m., the Mill Creek Valley Historical Association will staff and host free tours of the Baker-Dungan Museum located on the hill overlooking the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater. The museum, which is open to the public, contains a variety of local historical artifacts, tools, furniture, clothing, art and other displays. This year’s theme at the Baker-Dungan Museum is the Beaver County Hookstown Fair.

To obtain free email or hard copies of the Cultural Center summer schedule, or for more information, call the Center at 724-773-3610, call the events hotline at 724-773-3600, send an e-mail to rxm70@psu.edu, or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead/ online.

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