2016 Performing Arts in the Park

May 29th–Sept.4th at 6:00 p.m.
(unless stated otherwise)
Concerts are  open to the public.
 $5.00 parking donation.


Bring Lawn Chairs & Blankets
Refreshments available


Gring's Mill Amphitheater, Wyomissing

Sunday, June 12th                                               Magdaliz & Her Latin ensemble crisol
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol has performed in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas since 1997, and is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional musical genres of Latin America and the Caribbean.  Mexican huapangos, boleros, and Cuban sones constitute much of the group's repertoire; but we may also enjoy some Mariachi music, Salsa, Habaneras, Bossa Nova, and much more.  www.triocrisol.com  
Rain Date: June 19.
June 26th                             Tom Vollmer and Friends featuring haley sheeler
Certainly not newcomers to the music scene, Tom Vollmer and Friends are sure to entertain!  Enjoy a collection of great country hits, both old and new.  Tom, on pedal steel guitar, has been a staple in several bands including The Outlaws, Pat Garrett Band, Generation Gap and The Jalappa All Stars.  Haley Sheeler is well known for her new and used country tunes; and after being introduced to Tom- the two have been playing music together ever since.  Don’t miss this great night of music! 
Rain date: July 3.   
Sunday, July 10th                              shades of silver
Shades of Silver is a sonic fusion of musical energy.  Led by Scot Silver, guitarist and songwriter, his band is the perfect blend of jazz, Latin, rock, funk and contemporary music, appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  www.scotsilvermusic.com  
 Rain Date:  July 17.                                                                
Sunday, August 7th                                    Know Return
Know Return is a Philadelphia-based Kansas tribute band, recreating the music as faithfully as possible to their original recordings.  With decades of professional experience among its members, the band hopes to entertain Kansas fans and introduce new fans to the music of one of the most legendary progressive rock bands of the 70s.  The band has a few ties to the Reading area: Drummer Bob Eben is a Muhlenberg High School grad, and Violinist Charles Kadyk is a music teacher in the Twin Valley School District.  Other members of the band include Patrick Igoe, Dave Boardman, Chuck Whitmore, Matt Cobb, and Bob Berry.  www.knowreturnband.com 
Rain date: August 14.
Sunday, August 21st                                 The Wyomissing Band
The Wyomissing Band Inc. was formed in 1923 by two of the founders of Wyomissing, Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen.  The Band has a great history, from playing concerts in Wyomissing, to marching in Firemen’s Parades with the Hampden Firemen.  We play a variety of music, from marches to Broadway, sacred music to TV theme show music; we have something for everyone!   www.wyomissingband.weebly.com 
Rain date: August 28.  
Berks County Heritage Center
Sunday, May 29th                                             When Swing was King 
When Swing Was King – (A Benny Goodman tribute band)  In this concert, Paul Consentino and the Boilermaker Jazz Band will bring the energy and delicate swing of the small bands to you, performing some of their best known material. You’ll also hear some of your favorite Goodman Big Band melodies, done small band style.  Jennifer McNulty brings you selections by Benny’s Gals, including hits by Peggy Lee, Liltin’ Martha Tilton and the Helen’s- Ward and Forrest.  www.phoenixtalentagency.com/portfolio/the-goodman-tribute/ 
No Rain Date.   
Sunday, Sept. 4th                                                The Martin Sisters Band
Emily, Melissa and Christy Martin have been playing fiddles since age five.  They have been traveling and performing with their family the Celtic Martins for the past 10 years. These champion fiddlers, along with guitar player Butch Imhoff and bass player Eric Fisher, will entertain you with their three part harmonies and bring you a lively mix of Western Swing, 40's Swing and Jazz.  www.martinsistersband.com
Rain date: September 11. 
Hamburg Memorial Park, Hamburg
Sunday, July 24th   - 6:00             The Reading Pops Orchestra 
Now in its 47th year, The Reading Pops Orchestra continues its mission to promote the musical arts in Reading and Berks County through public concerts, and to educate on different musical art forms. Under the direction of conductor Will Rapp, the orchestra presents “America The Beautiful: A Salute to Our Country.”
The cornerstone work for this concert will feature guest soloist Jill Haley with her “National Park Landscapes Suite,” a collection of 4 pieces celebrating the centennial anniversary of our National Parks.  Two of the movements of the Suite were written while Jill was an Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde and Badlands National Parks.  www.jillhaley.com  
Members of the Hamburg Area High School Band and Orchestra will be performing alongside members of the Reading Pops Orchestra in the side-by-side portion of this concert. The Reading Pops Orchestra will also present a variety of selections paying tribute to American Music, including marches and Broadway favorites. More information about the Reading Pops Orchestra can be found at:  www.readingpops.com    
FREE concert.  No Rain Date.