Award winning performer Paula Purnell will performs songs written by and about the people of Pennsylvania, as part of the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery’s History Dinner Theater program, at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 5. The program takes place in the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.
in this Pennsylvania roots music program. From the indigenous people of the Eastern Woodlands to the early English settlers and on to the workers of the industrial age, Dr. Purnell invites audiences to explore how and why people of Pennsylvania have been making music for thousands of years. Sharing artifacts and performing on authentic instruments including the Native American Love Flute and the Appalachian Lap Dulcimer, Paula invites audiences to explore and discuss the daily life, toils, and triumphs of Pennsylvania’s bygone eras.
Programs feature a variety of traditional folk tunes. Paula gives special attention to theme, local history, and culture.
Paula Purnell, D.Ed. is an educator and musician from Greensburg. She is the founder of Sense of Place Learning (SPL), an educational company that creates unique learning experiences celebrating the places we live through local history, ecology, and the arts. Paula holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she taught for several years before starting her business.
She has released six albums of original music, including three Parent’s Choice award-winning children’s albums. Her band, The NewLanders, researches, records, and performs regional roots music. The NewLanders released two albums and has performed regionally and internationally. Paula has presented Pennsylvania roots music programs and workshops across Pennsylvania, both as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Artist in Residence.
Menu CHOICE OF:
1) Herb crusted bistro filet with mushroom-shallot bordelaise or
2) Roasted pork tenderloin, with an apricot-mustard glaze with
dried fruit compote
Each entrée will be served with a salad, side dishes, soup, and dessert.
Tickets are $65 per person per performance, $245 per person for season tickets (five performances). Rates for children are $10 per performance, students $35 each with ID, and groups of 10 or more $45 each. For information call 724-805-2177. For tickets visit this link.