Reading Eagle: Berks Jazz Fest to honor the late Nick Colionne at two concerts [Spotlight]

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Jan. 23—The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, scheduled for April 1-10, has announced it will honor the late Nick Colionne at its Anniversary Celebration Concert on Friday, April 8, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and at a jazz brunch on Sunday, April 10, in the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom.

A guitarist and vocalist, Colionne had been a mainstay at the festival for 15 years. He died suddenly on Jan. 1.

"Nick was a cherished member of the Berks family since his first performance at the festival in 2006, when he was part of the Jason Miles-produced 'The Music of Marvin Gaye & Motown' concert," said fest general manager John Ernesto. "Since then, he has performed at every fest, and was scheduled to be a major part of the 31st edition in April.

"Nick was a special, genuine, likeable and lovable human being. Sadly, he is gone. So now it is time for the Berks family to celebrate Nick's life and music during the April fest."

The April 8 concert will include a special segment — "A Tribute to Nick Colionne" — organized by saxophonist/musical director Eric Marienthal. The concert also will feature Rick Braun, Keiko Matsui, Everette Harp, Brian Bromberg, Adam Hawley, Lindsey Webster and The Berks Horns.

The entire April 10 brunch concert has been renamed "Nick Colionne's Friends: A Salute to Nico!" and will feature Maysa, Kim Waters, Gerald Veasley, Jackiem Joyner, Adam Hawley, Kayla Waters, JJ Sansaverino and The Berks Horns, under the music direction of pianist/composer Brian Simpson. The all-star ensemble will perform many of Colionne's classic songs.

For ticket information, visit berksjazzfest.com, call 800-653-8000 or stop by the Box Office at the Santander Arena, open Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

----Blue Öyster Cult is coming to the Santander Performing Arts Center on April 29 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.

For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with albums loaded with classic songs. The Long Island, N.Y.‐based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work.

The band is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as Metallica, and was listed in VH1's countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

BÖC's canon includes the classic songs: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from 1976's "Agents of Fortune," "Godzilla" from 1977's "Spectres" and "Burnin' for You" from1981's "Fire of Unknown Origin."

----Slipknot will bring its Knotfest Roadshow tour to Santander Arena, Reading, on April 2, with special guests In This Moment and Jinjer. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at KnotfestRoadshow.com.

Slipknot returned to the road in 2021, selling out amphitheaters across the country, bookended with the record-breaking Knotfest Iowa and the biggest headline show of their career, Knotfest Los Angeles at Banc of California Stadium, where they debuted their first new music in two years, "The Chapeltown Rag," taken from a new album expected to be released this year.

Regarded as one of heavy music's elite acts, Slipknot has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards (winning in 2006 for "Before I Forget"), as well as scoring 12 Platinum and 41 Gold album certifications around the world and over 3.2 billion YouTube views.

The band's most recent studio album, 2019's "We Are Not Your Kind," debuted at No. 1 in 12 countries around the world, including the United States.

----Berks Opera Company presents Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan on Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Highlands of Wyomissing.

Verdi's "Rigoletto" will be the subject of the presentation with soprano Maggie Riker and Caleb Flick, piano. The presentation will be given by David Richie, educational outreach director.

The in-person performance is open to Highlands residents and "future residents" only. A livestream will be offered at the Berks Opera Facebook Page. For those viewing the livestream, a $25 per family suggested donation can be made at berksopera.org.

Art

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, will hold an opening reception for "Flora and Fauna," an art exhibit on the theme of Earth, the ecosystem and all life on it, on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through April 17.

Mother Nature's art and all expressions on the planet — of home, life, health, politics, race, religion, environment, gender, diet, industry, landscape or anything in the universe — are open to the artists' interpretation. Art in all media, from oil, pencil and watercolor to clay, glass and fiber, will be represented.

A virtual tour and awards ceremony will be held between 6 and 7 p.m. Friday on Facebook LIVE and archived as a Facebook event and on YouTube following the opening. Amy Muzopappa of Muzo Media Productions hosts the art tour.

The juror selecting award winners is artist, educator, gardener and fermenter Karen Palcho.

Several awards are sponsored in memory of patrons and artists that Studio B has lost recently: Nancy Boyer, Mary Lou Haddad, Bob Misko, Bonnie Wren and Ineke van Werkhoven.

----Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 3000 Penn Ave., West Lawn, is hosting the 2022 Annual Senior High School Juried Art Exhibit, with an opening reception and awards ceremony set for next Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run through Feb. 13.

Each year, Yocum invites aspiring young artists from Berks County to submit their work for this juried exhibit, providing them an opportunity to present their original works to the public in a professional gallery setting as well as compete for cash prizes and tuition to classes.

The competition is open to all full-time high school students who reside in or attend school in Berks County. The original work presented includes oil, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic paint, sculpture and 3D art.

The exhibit will be judged by this year's Coggins Award Recipient, Amanda Lee Condict. The Coggins Award recognizes artists who embrace the values Jack Coggins exhibited: creativity, innovation and service to the Yocum Institute and the community.

For more information, call 610.376.1576 or e-mail sgibson@yocuminstitute.org.

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