Joan Chambers Concert Series

North Sea Gas: Dave Gilfillan (left), Grant Simpson (center) and Ronnie (Mac) MacDonald (right) North Sea Gas

Friday, September 21, 7:30pm in Campana Chapel

Dave Gilfillan (left), Grant Simpson (center) and Ronnie (Mac) MacDonald (right)

Over thirty-seven years and stronger than ever, North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

They have released 19 albums with "Fire in the Glen" being the most recent and are constantly adding new material to their shows. Their prior album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. All of their previous albums continue to be very popular with fans all over the world evidenced by the Scottish Music Industry Association awarding FOUR awards in October 2014 for: "Dark Island" (gold); "Lochanside" (silver); "Glencoe Massacre"(silver); "Edinburgh Toon"(silver). In 2016, THREE more silver awards came for “Rosslyn;” “Tak A Dram Afore Ye Go;” and “The Fire and the Passion of Scotland.”

Their show, and their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material put together in a style all their own. This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, and many other destinations both in and outside of their home in Scotland. Every year there are appearances on TV and Radio on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind in the USA), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) TV stations in the U.S.

In the past the band recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million, played in Istanbul, Turkey for the British Consulate, and recently had the honor of performing at the famous Rosslyn Chapel.

In addition to regular tours abroad, they have taken their show to theatres, arts centres and community halls around Scotland. Touring and seeing their native land is something the band really enjoys.

We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas" shows a wonderful atmosphere and universal appeal.

HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT "NORTH SEA GAS".....

"The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies." (Celtic Radio - Boston)

"No airs and graces just fantastic music"...
EdinburghGuide.com (Edin/Festival)

".....they inherit the mantle vacated by The Corries and The McCalmans with tight vocal harmonies and well-chosen material.....provide a solid well-honed sound vocally strong and musically complimentary.....most commendable about North Sea Gas is their ability to balance up tempo material with quieter more thoughtful moments and treat each with commitment and professionalism. "Fire in the Glen" is an excellent showcase for their talents and shows them taking the Scottish ballad group mantle with fire and grace."
John O'Regan Freelance Music Journalist, Broadcaster, Lecturer

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Dr. Shana Mashego, sopranoShana Mashego, soprano & Jee Sook Cha, piano

Friday, February 8, 7:30pm in Campana Chapel

Dr. Shana Mashego’s love for global Christian worshipping communities and sacred vocal music has woven into a career based upon planning worship and music for church communities where the worshipping bodies represent several ethnicities, service with the Worship Planning Team for the Texas Annual United Methodist Conference, conducting interactive lectures on the breath and vocal anatomy and the performance of sacred music.

Shana's research interests includes the study of the voice, music practices of Afro-European church denominations and music for global and non-conventional church congregations evidenced by her research publications including articles on the music of the African American Church published in the Encyclopedia of African American Music by Greenwood Press and her most recent publication titled “Formality meets Hip Hop: The Influence of the Hip Hop Generation on the Music Liturgy of Euro-African Church Denominations” included in the book, The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide, ed. Emmett G. Price III and published by Scarecrow Press.

In 2014, Dr. Mashego founded Dr. Shana Mashego & The Sacred Ensemble, a collective of classical musicians devoted to the performance and preservation of the global Christian Hymn. In 2015, the ensemble released the first album of a multi-volume collection of concerted hymns titled The Hymn Project. The year 2016 brought two additional volumes of hymns and several live performances for the ensemble. Currently, Dr. Mashego facilitates a lecture series titled The Singer’s Breath-A Vocal Anatomy Intensive which has afforded her enormous opportunities to teach singers about the inter-workings of the vocal instrument. Dr. Mashego has taught and performed extensively in the United States and abroad and has become known as an expert interpreter of sacred song and a specialist in vocal anatomy. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and Ethnomusicology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and the Master and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees in Voice from Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. She is wife to George and mother to Miles 21, Kamogelo 20 and Nyakallo 8.

Dr. Jee Sook Cha is a Korean born concert pianist with a style of musicianship which mixes both passion and technicality. As a Korean Baptist, Dr. Cha is an expert interpreter of the Christian Hymn. Her love for God is evident in her personal and professional commitment to the Korean New Community Baptist Church of Houston, TX, where has been serving as Director of Music for 7 years. She also conducts lessons of all music branches from Ear-Training and Sight-Singing to music theory at Texas Southern University, where she has performed many recitals since 2003. Dr. Cha holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of California in Los Angeles and has been the recipient of numerous performance awards including the Outstanding Performance Citation from the President of Korea and full scholarship awards for study at The University of California and University of Texas. After years of performing in master classes and concert performances both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Cha maintains her designation as a magnificent performer, educator, and wife to Dr. Dong Ho Nam, mother to her two daughters, Xena 19, Mina 16, and to her son Rayleigh, who is 10 years old.

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About the series

The Joan Chambers Concert Series is possible through the generous support of President Emeritus George F. Chambers. It brings local, national, and international artists to our campus for performances of the highest professional caliber. It has featured international opera star Andrew Zimmerman, cello/piano duo Antonio Lysy and Patricia Hoy, pianist Pablo Amorós, the Swara Sonora Trio, the Tucson Girls Chorus, thingNY, tenor Chris Carr, contralto Emily Marvosh with Greensburg pianist Matt Klumpp, and it has proudly presented some of Pennsylvania's finests ensembles and artists, including Kassia Ensemble, Heinz Chapel Choir, Pittsburgh Trombone Project, Blue Mile Jazz, PM Woodwind Project, Zach Rohlwing, and the Penn State Chamber Singers.

The series is named in honor of Joan Chambers, late wife of President Chambers, who was an ardent supporter and representative of Pitt‐Greensburg in the community for many years. While her interests were widespread, she especially enjoyed participating in book‐discussion groups, attending cultural events, hosting themed luncheons at her home, and spending winters in southwest Florida. The Children’s Literature Collection in Millstein Library, another of her passions, was developed and named in her honor.