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Chatham to host buffet of concerts at Eden Hall campus in Richland

| Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 8:36 p.m.
The Allegheny Drifters will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 27 in the amphitheater at Eden Hall campus of Chatham University in Richland.
The Allegheny Drifters will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 27 in the amphitheater at Eden Hall campus of Chatham University in Richland.
The amphitheater at Eden Hall campus of Chatham University in Richland will host a bevy of events this summer.
The amphitheater at Eden Hall campus of Chatham University in Richland will host a bevy of events this summer.
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Pack a blanket, seat cushion or folding chair.

Chatham University invites music lovers to belly up to a buffet of mostly free summer concerts in the picturesque outdoor amphitheater at its Eden Hall campus in Richland.

Live opera, bluegrass, classical, soul and country music are on tap for the second annual Eden Hall Campus Summer Event Series.

Pittsburgh Opera singers will open the series by performing arias from “Carmen,” “Rigoletto” and “La Boheme” during a free concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. June 5 in the Hilda M. Willis Amphitheater.

“We have this beautiful location, and we want to share it with the community,” said Bill Campbell, vice president of marketing and communications for Chatham University.

“The sound out there is really amazing,” Campbell said. “There's not a bad seat in the house.”

Pittsburgh Opera performers will include soprano Jasmine Muhammad, mezzo-soprano Laurel Semerdjian, tenor Adam Bonanni, baritone Daniel Teadt and pianist James Lesniak.

People can bring a picnic basket, but pets are prohibited.

KidsCan, a free children's festival to nurture self-esteem and social responsibility, is set for 1 to 5 p.m. June 14 on the Eden Hall campus.

Entertainment will include performances by Jeter Backyard Theatre, illusionist Al Mazing and In Between Theatre, plus “The Josh & Gab Show.”

The Allegheny Drifters, an internationally-known local bluegrass band with three albums, will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. June 27. Band members are guitarist Bernie Cunningham, mandolinist Bob Artis, bassist Karen Artis and banjoist Gregg Welty.

They will perform with the acoustic Shelf Life Spring Band: mandolinist Andy Boehm, violinist Rocky Youhon, banjoist Joe Dep, guitarist Derek Dysart and bassist Trish Imbrogno.

Other artists scheduled to perform in the amphitheater during July and August are vocalist Joy Ike and Velvet Heat, 7:30 p.m. July 24; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians with pianist Pauline Rovkah, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7; and singer-songwriter J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights with acoustic, country trio Vineyard Junction, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Admission is $20 per adult and $15 per high school or college student.

Also scheduled is Pies and Pints, a dessert festival with music by Brush Creek, from 4 to 6 p.m. July 12. Admission is $5.

The Harvest Tasting Dinner, a five-course meal featuring foods harvested on the Eden Hall campus, is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Admission is $100 per person.

People also can register for the following educational workshops on the Eden Hall campus: “Backyard Composting,” free, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 18; “Harness the Sun: Solar Home Projects & Energy Saving Tips,” free, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 16; “Solar Cooking,” free, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18; “Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Workshop,” $15 per person, $20 per couple, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13; and “Ginger: From Farm to Whiskey, $20 per person, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

A free parking lot is within walking distance of the amphitheater and a drop-off area is available near the amphitheater for vehicles transporting people with disabilities.

The Eden Hall campus of Chatham University is at 6035 Ridge Road, Richland. For more information on the series, go to chatham.edu/summerseries.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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