KEYSER - Highland Arts Unlimited will kick off the 2017-2018 season with a performance by Pan Jammin' Steel Drum Band under the direction of Fred Kesner.
KEYSER - Highland Arts Unlimited will kick off the 2017-2018 season with a performance by Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Band under the direction of Fred Kesner.
Kesner is a retired music instructor from Mineral County who started the first steel drum band in the area at Frankfort Middle School.
This is a free concert, which will be held on the Plaza at the Church-McKee Arts Center at WVU Potomac State College in Keyser. Patrons who join Highland Arts up to and including the night of the concert will receive a 10 percent discount in their chosen category of membership.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Church-McKee Auditorium.
Other programs in the 2017-2018 season include: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. on Saturday, Sept. 30, who is returning to Keyser for the third time in three years by popular demand; Saturday, Oct. 21, The Fabulous Hubcaps, rock and roll from the ’50s and ’60s; Sunday, Dec. 3, A Tennessee Christmas, featuring the great niece of Chet Adkins and the grandson of the great piano performer Floyd Kramer; Sunday March 11, 2018, a rising star singer, Ricky Howsare from nearby Bedford, Pennsylvania, who recently appeared in Las Vegas for an extended appearance (this show will be at the Keyser Presbyterian Church); Friday, April 27, 2018, The Derailleurs, Gypsy Jazz, guitars, bass, drums and accordion putting their spin on classic jazz of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt, acoustic music from the ’20s and ’30s.
Highland Arts Unlimited is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to bringing quality music, drama, dance and visual arts programs to the community, as well as providing free arts programs for Mineral County Schools.
The programs are largely funded by memberships in Highland Arts, both individual and corporate/business, and by the Mineral County Schools, with generous support from WVU Potomac State College, which provides the Church-McKee Arts Center free of charge with the exception of insurance costs and custodial fees.
Each year Highland Arts submits a grant application to the West Virginia Commission On The Arts to support its programs. Last year the organization received support for one of five programs. This year, they have heard nothing at this time from the WV Commission On The Arts.
HAU is therefore depending on memberships to meet its budget. Brochures will soon be in the mail to past and perspective patrons and HAU is hopeful for more members in higher categories so that they can continue their mission. “Please join not only yourselves, but for your children and grandchildren,” said a spokesman for the group.
For information concerning Highland Arts, call 304 788-3066 or 304-788-9465.