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Annual River City Arts Festival!
MEMORIAL WEEKEND May 28, 29 & 30, 2010

The Janet and Imre Szilagyi Center for the Performing and Visual Arts
Rowlesburg, WV

Featured Artists Sheila Coleman-Castells, Sheila Coleman Quintet, Thomas Harttung Nassif, Jo Ann Peterson, Cristina Nassif, Dr. Thomas Nassif, Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders Wayne Williams & the Preston County, Community Chorus, Lynn Broderick & Preston High Theater Ensemble Sponsored and Presented by Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, Inc. Sponsored in part by Greater Downtown Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brownfield Focus Grant, WV Fairs & Festivals, Clear Mountain Bank.

The highlight of the musical portion of the weekend last year was the wonderful Christina Nassif. She will be returning this year by popular demand! Universally acclaimed for her powerful and expressive voice and electric stage presence, Cristina Nassif proved once again in her Rowlesburg Performance Arts Center debut that she is one of the finest singing actresses on the American operatic stage. Just as in her Washington National Opera debut, she brought her bold soprano and temperament to the stage in Rowlesburg. She is back again this year!

Following up her Rowlesburg performance, Christina made her debut at London's Royal Albert Hall in March 2009 singing the title role in seven performances of Bizet's Carmen.


Friday, May 28, 2010
6:30 pm-8:30 pm: A Gala Cabaret Evening and RHS 100thBirthday Party
Sheila Coleman Quintet Jazz Vocal and Instrumental Thomas Harttung Nassif Piano and Jazz Vocal

Finger Food by Maggie De Weirdt, Rafter's Grill & Bell's Grocery $10.00 BYOB Szilagyi Center/RHS Auditorium Sponsored in part by Brownfield Focus Grant

Saturday, May 29, 2010
1:00 pm: History Alive Presentation "Jenny Lind" by Jo Ann Peterson
Free SZILAGYI CENTER/ RHS Auditorium Sponsored by WV Humanities Council

3:00 pm: An Afternoon Concert of Arias, Art Songs & Broadway Tunes
Cristina Nassif, Soprano Dr. Thomas J. Nassif, Piano $10.00 SZILAGYI CENTER/RHS Auditorium Grand Piano Courtesy of Kleebs Music Store 4:15 pm: Reception following the concert

5:00 pm-7:00 pm: Dinner Rowlesburg Area Historical Society Christ United Methodist Social Hall $8.00 Adults $4.00 children

8:00 pm Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders Folk singer, Guitarist, Story Teller and Band $10.00 SZILAGYI CENTER/RHS Auditorium

Sunday, May 30, 2010
7:00 am: Sunrise Service Reverend Orville Davis Main Street Garden

11:00 am: Church Service Reverend Roy Mick Tribute to Soldiers from all the Wars Christ United Methodist Church

Noon Light Lunch River City Cafe/Rowlesburg Park Concession Stand/Rafter's Grill Menu prices vary

2:00 pm: Mixed Media Program Concert of Gospel, Hymns, Show tunes and Patriotic Music Preston County Community Chorus Wayne Williams, Director

Frontier (Premier) Original Composition, Piano and Video Thomas H. Nassif
Free SZILAGYI CENTER/RHS Auditorium ----

4:15 pm: Free Time Visit Art & Poetry Exhibits, Main Street Garden, Museums, Exhibits and Businesses ----

5:15 pm: River City Festival Dinner Program on a Patriotic Theme Honoring Soldiers from all the Wars VFW Social Hall $8.00 Adults $4.00 Students

7:30pm: "The Devil and Daniel Webster" A Play by Stephen Vincent Benet Directed by Lynn Broderick Performed by Preston High Theater Ensemble $7.00 Adults$5.00 Students SZILAGYI CENTER/RHS Auditorium    
The Arts Festival kicked off with a big parade. Here you see the Preston County High School band. Click on photo to go back to HOME page. As part of the Memorial Weekend Festival, the parade honored the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This float depicts veterans from all of the American wars.
An audience gathers in the Main Street Garden for the afternoon performance. The steel drum ensemble from WVU performed along with the Sounds of Accord and the Petersons. Here we see Dr. and Mrs. Peterson singing Broadway show tunes. The Petersons are from Kingwood.
Article publicizing the Mountain Road Tour appeared in the Morgantown Dominion Post August 18, 2005 Rowlesburg Labor Day Weekend summary article appeared in the Morgantown Dominion Post September 18, 2005
Here we see the three poets, Jeff Van Gundy, Irene McKinney and Maggie Anderson, along with the Creative Director for the Arts Festival, Anna Nassif.
Cristina Nassif in concert at the Janet and Imre Salagzi Center for Performing Arts in Rowlesburg. Cristina sang a selection of arias and show tunes.
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