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ArtScene with Erika Funke


Podcast by WVIA Public Media


Scranton, PA




Podcast by WVIA Public Media




Tom Heinze; March 16 2022

Tom Heinze, oboist & artistic director of the chamber music concert of the 35th Annual NEPA Bach Festival presented by the Arcadia Chorale--Music Director Matthew Rupcich--featuring members of the Arcadia Festival Orchestra in concert March 19, 2022, at 7:30 pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Avenue in Scranton. For information:


Harriet Kelley; Lalaine Little; March 16 2022

Harriet Kelley, educator and art collector, and Dr. Lalaine Little, Director of the Pauly Freedman Art Gallery & Adjunct Professor, at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA, speaking about the exhibition, "The Harriet and Harmon Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper", running to April 10, 2022, with a free public reception on Saturday, March 19 at the Gallery, featuring live music and light refreshments. For information:


John Pivovarnick; ArtWalsh; March 15 2022

John Pivovarnick, actor, and Art Walsh, director, speaking about the play by Marie Jones, "Stones in His Pockets" to be presented March 18-27, 2022, at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 West Market Street in Scranton, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00. Conor McGuigan rounds out the cast. For reservations, 570-290-7766


Alexander Monelli; March 14 2022

Alexander Monelli, award-winning filmmaker and WVIA producer, speaking about his documentary, "Marionette Land," to be aired on WVIA-TV on Monday, March 14, 2022, and screened on Sunday, April 3 at 3:30 as part of the Annual NEPA Film Festival at the Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Avenue in downtown Scranton.


Brenda Grunza; Ann Manganiello; March 11 2022

Brenda Grunza, Co-President, and Ann Manganiello, Music Director & Conductor, speaking about the Catholic Choral Society and its annual Lenten Concert, Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 3:00 pm, at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1090 Carmalt Street in Dickson City, PA. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken.


Michael Stretanski; March 11 2022

Michael Stretanski of the Slovak Heritage Society of Northeast PA, speaking about the ongoing collaboration with World Artists Experiences, to bring international performers to northeastern Pennsylvania in a spirit of learning and cultural exchange. There will be a concert featuring 4 musicians from Italy, on tour, presenting an original work by composer & conductor Frederico Longo, as well as opera arias and classical songs, Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church, 97...


Angel Berlane Mulcahy; March 10 2022

Angel Berlane Mulcahy, Director, speaking about the production of the musical "Footloose" that is part of the 100th Anniversary Season of The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, running Fridays and Saturdays, March 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2022, at 8 pm; and Sundays, March 13 and 20 at 3pm. 537 North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre


Matthew Rupcich; March 10 2022

Matthew Rupcich, Music Director & Conductor of the Arcadia Chorale, speaking about the 35th Annual NEPA Bach Festival to be held March 19 & 20, 2022 in Scranton, PA. There will be a free organ recital with Mark Laubach on March 19 at 4:00 pm at Elm Park Methodist Church, 712 Linden Street; also a Chamber Music Concert on March 19 at 7:30 pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Avenue; and the Arcadia Chorale Concert on March 20 at 3:00 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church under the...


Rosey Hay; Rudy Caporaso; March 09 2022

Rosemary Hay & Rudy Caporaso, Co-artistic directors and Founders of REV Theatre, speaking about their partnership with NEPA Youth Shelter to present an original theater piece, "Soda Pop Can: An American High School Shooting," on Friday, March 11, 2022, at 7:00 pm, at The Space at Olive, 541 Wyoming Avenue in Scranton. Admission is free.


Shara McCallum; Fiona Powell; March 08 2022

Shara McCallum, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University, writer and poet, speaking with WVIA's Fiona Powell about her recent book titled, "No Ruined Stone," released in 2021 by Alice James Books. For more information:


Melisse Brunet; March 07 2022

Melisse Brunet, Music Director & Conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, speaking about the upcoming Masterworks concert, "Celebrating Beethoven", to be presented Saturday, March 12, 2022, at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts on the Wyoming Seminary campus in Kingston, PA, at 8:00 p.m. Guest pianist Fei Fei Dong will join the orchestra for Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto. 570-270-4444


Vicki Mayk; March 04 2022

Vicki Mayk, award-winning writer, editor & teacher, author of "Growing Up on the Gridiron: Football, Friendship and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas" issued by Beacon Press in 2020. Mayk will offer a non-credit workshop titled, "Writing Pandemic Stories: A Narrative Medicine Workshop for Healthcare Professionals" from March 22 through April 26, 2022, at 6:30 online on Tuesday evenings. For information:


Peny Lutz; Fiona Powell; March 03 2022

Penny Griffin Lutz, director of the Gallery at Penn College, speaking with WVIA's Fiona Powell about the exhibition titled, "Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books" that is on display through March 30, 2022, in the gallery in the Madigan Library on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Admission is free.


Melisse Brunet; March 02 2022

Melisse Brunet, Music Director & Conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, speaking about "La Maestra" International Competition for Women Conductors--the Second Edition--taking place in Paris from March 3 through March 6, 2022. Melisse Brunet is one of the 14 finalists. The events will be live-streamed at For information:


Wesley T. Brown; March 01 2022

Wesley T. Brown, ceramic artist, instructor of ceramics & Frederick Douglass Scholar, at East Stroudsburg University, speaking about his life and work in anticipation of his presentation, "My Time and Place," part of the Provost's Colloquium Series, March 2, 2022, at 5:30 pm, in Beers Lecture Hall on the ESU campus. The event will also be live-streamed on the ESU Live Events webpage. The public is invited to attend. For information:


William Kashatus; February 28 2022

Dr. William C. Kashatus, historian, educator and author, speaking about his recent study, "William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia," published by the University of Notre Dame Press. The book is the first full-length biography of William Still, one of the most important leaders of the Underground Railroad. For more information:


Mary Kay Pieski; February 25 2022

Dr. Mary Kay Pieski, Co-founder of the Eagle-Orzel Educational & nCultural Exchange, Inc., speaking about the organization's mission of creating/facilitating cultural exchanges between the US & Poland. Eagle-Orzel will present a cooking demonstration: The Art of Paczki, online on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 2:00 EST. With registration will come the chance to view the workshop at a later date.


Greg Funfgeld; February 24 2022

Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director & Conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Bach Festival Orchestra, speaking about the educational programs of the organization and the annual Greg Funfgeld Family Concert on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at 3:00 pm at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. The event is a collaboration with the Dance Department of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School of the Performing Arts.


Holly Trostle Brigham; Margaretta Frederick; February 23 2022

Holly Trostle Brigham, Figurative Artist, trained at the PA Academy of Fine Arts, and Margaretta Frederick, Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite Collection a the Delaware Art Museum, speaking about the exhibition, " 'I Wake Again': Holly Trostle Brigham on Elizabeth Siddal," opening February 26, 2022 at the Delaware Art Museum, running through May 29. There will a virtual Art Chat on March 3 at noon. For more information:


Tannis Kowalchuk; Lisa Mazzarella; February 22 2022

Tannis Kowalchuk, farmer and artistic director of the Farm Arts Collective in Damascus, PA, speaking with WVIA's Lisa Mazzarella about "Dream on the Farm", a climate change-themed musical performance project to be presented at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Avenue, on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 11:00 am. For more information: