Arts on the agenda

First Posted: 3/17/2015

LA PLUME — The Theatre at Brooks was packed on March 10 as local literary and performing artists recited poetry, sang, acted and danced at the first Keystone College Music & Arts Fair.

Fair organizer Jeffrey A. Tylutki said the event was a celebration of the bonds of community and an opportunity to showcase the diverse talents of literary and performing artists.

Tylutki serves as director of bands, director of the department of instrumental music and instructor of all the ensembles within The Bands at Keystone, which includes the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Athletic Band, and numerous chamber ensembles at the college.

“You can see by the packed house at (the) concert, there is certainly enough interest in these musicians and artists to advocate for such events to be annual and expanded upon,” Tylutki noted in an email interview.

The Keystone College Instrumental Music Department organized, funded and hosted the fair, originally scheduled for March 1, but due to inclement weather was rescheduled for March 10.

Local talent that took the stage at the Theatre at Brooks were The Vocal Accord Barbershop Quartet, poetry selections by Benjamin Hawes; “Stay With Me” by poet Christina Sinibaldi; The Wyoming County Chorale under the direction of Carl Shinko; “Lost Cause” by poet Nyasia Smith; a performance of “The Audition” with The Keystone Players’ actors Kevin Lucke and Kelly Langan, directed by Jane Honchell; The Keystone College Dance Team directed by Ehrin Faulborn; a remote video performance by singer Sarah Holgate; The Keystone College Symphonic Band led by Tylutki, Jan Wells, individual instructor, David Hopkins, percussion coordinator, Dr. Katie Morell, assistant director, Jenna Alderman, individual instructor and Mark Trexler, equipment manager; and The Keystone College Jazz Ensemble directed by Tylutki.

Tylutki is extremely pleased with both the performers and audience members.

“I couldn’t have been more proud of the way both our campuses came together, and how our guests from the community represented their art forms. It was also a wonderful collaboration of both professional organizations from our Student Life Division and the academic offerings here at Keystone such as literature and theatre.”

According to Tylutki, ensembles within The Bands at Keystone are composed of both Keystone College students, community musicians and select high school upperclassmen.

“I think that artists, poets, authors, actors and musicians really do need to recognize that we form a partnership and community within Northeastern Pennsylvania,” he said. “Also, it is certainly important to note that such gatherings do not need to take place only in our cities such as Scranton, but in our more rural areas as well.”

Dr. Marie George, Keystone College executive vice president, was overwhelmed by the number of acts in the program and the diversity of talent.

“The fact that we have not only our students, but the community involved I think is exceptional…,” she said. “Some colleges take years to be able to put something like this together. This is our first year. Jeff just came aboard in July. It hasn’t even been a year and look at what we have in front of us. I feel it has really been a wonderful aspect of my orientation at Keystone.”

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