The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra(JSO)is holding a one-of-a-kind event after its concert “JSO Pops: Movies from Johnstown + Open Mic Night” on February 8, 2020. “JSO SCORES! A Black Eye Affair” is a new take on the JSO’s major annual fundraiser, which this year celebrates Johnstown’s unique Hollywood and hockey history.Open Mic Night will feature the spectacular local talent of the Jam Session Band, Dave DiStefano, Mary Jo Swank, Arlene Huth, Ava DiPasquale, Dany Vavrek, Amber Gobbel, Nick Tercek, Victoria Bechtold, and Clara and Dana Cooper. The performers were chosen by audition by a panel of judges:Music Director James Blachly,Michael Bodolosky, Beth Good, Mike Hruska, and Lara Mosby.
“The concert itself features the music of the two most iconic movies that were made in Johnstown –All the Right Moves, and Slap Shot –followed by our Open Mic Night at theSymphony with local talent from our October Open Mic Night auditions. This will be a true “Made in Johnstown” concert, especially for people who remember or participated in the Johnstown movies,” said James Blachly, JSO Music Director. “But when you add this post-concert party, complete with games, movie and sports memorabilia, celebrity guests and much more, I think it’s going to be an epic night.”
The evening begins with a JSO concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus and continues with the “JSO SCORES! A Black Eye Affair”at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center downtown.The events combinethe city’s 91-yearhistory ofexceptionalsymphony music and sports-themed moviesmade in Johnstown, including “All the Right Moves” about a high school football player starring Tom Cruise and the iconic hockey movie “Slap Shot” featuringPaul Newman.
JSO Board Member Craig Saylor is the perfect advocate for this experience, since he is a trustee ofthe JSO and is a minority owner of the North American Hockey League’s Johnstown Tomahawks. “This concert and after-party involve Johnstown treasures near and dear to my heart and the hearts of many others in this region –Johnstown hockey and some of thebest live music anywhere,” Saylor said.
Tomahawks Sales ManagerDerek Partsch has supported this special JSO fundraiser from the beginning, from featuringthe JSO event in Tomahawks communications to hosting a pre-game party featuring JSO’s fundraiser on January 31 at the War Memorial. “Johnstown is a great place to livein, partlybecause of the entertainment offerings such as a quality local hockey team and outstanding symphony,” he said. “We’re happy to do whatever we can to preserve those activities that help enhance the quality of life here.”
The JSO’s annual fundraiser has taken several forms through the years, from Opera Fests to more recent events featuring a circus and Venice-themed music as well as a Beatles tribute group. While the theme changesyear to year, the goal remains the same–to ensure a bright future for one of the longest performing professional symphonies in the country. “The JSO musicians are poised like never before to offer first-rate entertainment for the wonderful people of this region,” said Executive Director Jessica Satava. “Our symphony orchestra, youth orchestra, adult and children’s choruses and other education and engagement endeavors, including free community and youth concerts help make this area special. We count on the generosity of our local businesses and individuals to help keep the music playing for years to come.”
Memorial Highway Chevrolet and the Johnstown Tomahawks are the event’s primary partners. Other season sponsors include Somerset Trust, 1st Summit Bank, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, AmeriServ Financial, Crown American Associates, and North American Hoganas.
Tickets for both the concert and fundraising after party are $100. Tickets can be purchased for the concert only ($10 student, $40regular, $45premium, $5 senior discount) or for the after party only ($60). To reserve your seat or for moreinformation, please contact the JSO’s business office at 814-535-6738 or visit www.jsoscores.com.