Clarksburg, WV – The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center will host the theatre’s first virtual concert with the local band and community favorite Amici on Friday, June 12th from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Patrons can tune in to the virtual concert by going to the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center Facebook Page on the night of the show.
Amici is a homegrown West Virginia band that formed back in 1984 and current members are Stephen Pishner, Chris Tassos, Mark Dinaldo, and Jule Carenbauer. Their music includes a variety of genres and the band has played numerous types of concerts—from the club scene, private parties, fairs, parades, and festivals of various kinds. They've become a favorite in Clarksburg with the WV Italian Heritage Festival and have been staple performers there for many years. When you're with Amici, you could hear anything from classic top 40s to Shaggy, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Nat King Cole, Sinatra, country, and even some Italian favorites and more. The word Amici means "friends" in Latin and Italian both, and the band invites all their friends, new and old, to join them as they rock out Facebook LIVE from the Robinson Grand.
When band member Stephen Pishner approached the RGPAC about offering the concert, he explained, “We just thought this might be a simple way to get a little upbeatness into the air, Amici style. During this most unprecedented time, many people have given something back to their communities, in some way or another so we are giving an evening of music that will include a variety of songs. This will be our gift.”
Though most live indoor performing arts venues are taking a huge hit during the pandemic, many are finding creative ways to continue their mission of bringing arts and culture to their communities.
“Having a virtual concert emanating from the Robinson Grand in this way, to me, speaks volumes. Even if the building is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the Robinson Grand can still send out a message strong and clear. The theatre is still here and still finding ways to serve the community with the gifts of music and much more,” states Stephen Pishner.
Community members can tune in for a solid two hours of music on Facebook by visiting the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center Facebook page. It’s free to tune in to the concert. Patrons who wish to show their support for the theatre can donate on the website by going to https://bit.ly/RGPACdonation or by going to the RGPAC Facebook page where a link will be provided.
Sales & Marketing Manager, Emily Moore reflects, “We are working hard to bounce back from this difficult time. We are so thankful to groups like Amici who have reached out and want to help. So many patrons, artists, and concerned community members have connected with us to see what can be done and it warms our hearts. Our community theatre will survive this pandemic and as long as the community continues to support us, the Robinson Grand will reopen stronger than ever.”