The Miller Center for the Performing Arts at Reading Area Community College announced its 15th anniversary season highlighted by American legend Mary Chapin Carpenter on August 16. Tickets are on sale at https://millercenter.racc.edu/mary-chapin-carpenter.
“We take great pride in providing a unique, varied and diverse program of spectacular entertainment options to our Eastern Pennsylvania guests,” said Tony DeMarco, Miller Center Executive Director and Vice President for advancement to the RACC.
The Miller Center season kicks off August 6 with up-and-coming country artist Allie Colleen. Collen’s early singles, “Playin’ House” and “Ain’t the Only Hell My Momma Raised,” were in constant rotation on country radio stations. Tickets are on sale at https://millercenter.racc.edu/allie-colleen.
Energetic Gulf Coast soul band The Suffers are exploding onto the popular music scene, bringing rock, funk and classic Americana to stages around the world. The Suffers took the stage at the Miller Center on September 20. Tickets are on sale at https://millercenter.racc.edu/the-suffers.
The Talking Heads tribute band, Start Making Sense, will be a signature 15th anniversary event on September 24. Frog Holler, one of Berks County’s favorite American country-rock bands, will open for Start Making Sense. There will be food trucks, face painting and a carnival-like atmosphere outside in the courtyard adjacent to the Miller Center starting at 3 p.m., including live outdoor entertainment. Tickets go on sale July 15.
The ghosts of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and living legend Jerry Lee Lewis will come to life on October 6 with the Broadway hit “One Night in Memphis” hitting the Miller Center stage. Tickets go on sale July 15.
Irish folk artist Julie Fowlis brings her beautiful Gaelic vocal styles to the Miller Center on October 7. Tickets are on sale now at https://millercenter.racc.edu/julie-fowlis.
Author David Sedaris will return to the Miller Center on October 13. With a sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Tickets go on sale August 5 at 10 a.m.
Parsons Dance Company will return on October 21 after being the first dance performance inside the Miller Center 15 years ago. Tickets go on sale August 12.
On October 22 at 1 p.m., David Engel will present “Pirate School!” Children will learn the intricacies of mischief and become good pirates. At 4, the Miller Center will transform into a Wizard Academy. Join this wacky wizarding teacher as he leads the kids through a wacky day of being a wizard-in-training. Children are encouraged to attend both shows in costume. Tickets go on sale July 22.
Capitol Comedy, a political satire performance group, takes on the Biden administration on Oct. 28 with songs and skits poking fun at everything from diversity-focused decision-making to dog training to dumping dollars on the electorate. Tickets go on sale July 29.
Father and son piano duo Ryan & Ryan will bring holiday cheer with their performance “Merry & Bright: Songs of Christmas Cheer” on December 9. Tickets go on sale September 16.
On March 11, 2023, The Weight Band will perform original songs as well as The Band classics. Tickets go on sale September 23.
Disney’s acclaimed and record-breaking ‘Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation’ series will arrive in Reading on March 28, 2023. Tickets go on sale July 15.
The Machine returns on April 21, 2023. The Machine has built a 30-plus-year reputation for continuing the musical legacy of Pink Floyd. Tickets are on sale now at https://millercenter.racc.edu/the-machine.
All youth are invited to participate in the Berks Youth Chorus Summer Sing from July 25-29. Summer Sing is a week-long day camp open to kids in grades 3-7. The camp welcomes all children — no auditions take place. BYC Summer Sing is for kids who love to sing and want an exciting summer experience with other kids across the county.
Summer Sing costs $10 to participate. The camp will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing. The camp ends with a performance on Friday afternoon.
All young people are also welcome to join Berks Youth Chorus. Founded in 1992, BYC has served thousands of young people through a top-notch choral program that runs from September through May. Members in grades 3-12 receive high quality vocal instruction and perform at venues throughout Berks County.
To register for Summer Sing or BYC programs year-round, visit berksyouthchorus.org or call 610-898-7664.
The second installment of the Berks County Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series will take place next Sunday from 1-7 p.m. at the Gring’s Mill Amphitheater, 2083 Tulpehocken Road, Spring Township.
Miss Maggie sings! will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Peggy Gernerd is Miss Maggie, a children’s performer who combines singing, guitar, percussion, poems and stories to entertain and teach children of all ages (adults too!).
Dave Fry will take the stage from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fry’s concerts feature traditional and contemporary folk music, mixed with guitar, mandolin, banjo, wry, off-the-cuff commentary on American family life, and great participation from everyone.
Maggie Spike completes the music from 5 to 7. Maggie Spike is Maggie and Eric Gernerd, an acoustic singer-songwriter duo. As an alternative folk band, they enjoy performing several different styles of music including folk, rock, acoustic pop, traditional British Isles/Celtic beats, jazz and world.
Mad J’s BBQ in Blandon will have a food truck at the concert. Parking is free.
The next concerts will take place on August 14 and 26.
Kutztown University’s Summer Music Festival, which attracts talented students from around the world for a week-long fully immersive musical experience, runs through Saturday, with free and open concerts and workshops at audience. The full program is available at kusummermusicfestival.com.
Tonight’s opening night program, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium, will feature two of the most popular and enduring large-scale works in chamber music literature: the lyrical and brilliant Schubert quintet “The Trout” and the energetic and passionate Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann. . Performers will include festival faculty, joined by international guest artists from Chile, Spain and Greece.
The 4th of July concert, also at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium, will feature professors, guest artists and festival students in a varied and innovative program with works such as “Spain” by Chick Corea, “Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands” by Barber, Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet, Bootsini’s “Grand Duo for Clarinet and Double Bass” and an arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for three violas.
The rest of the week will feature students in mixed chamber ensembles and works for small orchestra including Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.