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    Wilkes Barre Times-Leader , PA
    June 12 2011

    Armenian Classical Guitarist to perform at Sem

    Fans of dance, classical and jazz music, and musical theater are
    invited to visit the Wyoming Seminary Upper School campus in Kingston
    often this summer, as the students and teachers participating in the
    Performing Arts Institute (PAI) present a series of free recitals,
    concerts and performances in June, July, and August.

    Now in its 13th year, PAI attracts more than 250 talented high school
    students for an intensive three-to-six week learning experience in
    instrumental and vocal music, theater and dance. Highly respected
    musicians and teachers from around the country and around the world
    present classes in advanced technique, music theory and performance

    The schedule of 33 performances will begin on Monday, June 27 with a
    Counselor Recital at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228
    Wyoming Avenue, just north of Kingston Corners. The schedule concludes
    with a Grand Finale on Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m. in both the Great
    Hall and the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Avenue,
    on the campus of the Upper School.

    Among this season's highlights are a free performance by the U.S. Army
    Field Band Federal Brass on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the River
    Commons in Wilkes-Barre; a free concert on Monday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
    in the Great Hall, featuring nationally recognized Armenian classical
    guitarist Gohar Vardanyan; Clockwise, a South African classical duo,
    featuring harpist Jacqueline Kerrod and violinist Mark Uys in a free
    performance on Tuesday, July 19 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall; an
    exciting dance production featuring guest artists Carrie
    Ellmore-Tallitsch, principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance
    Company and Tim Early, founder of Opus One Dance Company on Sunday,
    July 24 at 3 p.m. in the Buckingham Performing Arts Center; a free
    performance of fascinating world music by the unique Quey Percussion
    Duo on Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall; and an exuberant
    production of the Broadway hit musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the
    Way to the Forum " on Thursday and Friday, August 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. in
    the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre. Tickets
    are $18 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens and will be
    available in advance and at the door.

    The students work closely with these faculty members and have an
    opportunity to demonstrate what they've learned in performances which
    are open to the public, said Nancy Sanderson, PAI director.

    Visit the PAI website at <> to hear the high quality of PAI
    performances. For more information about the summer program or the
    concert series, call the Office of Summer Programs at Wyoming Seminary
    at 270-2186.