Hearing Handel's Messiah with Eighteenth-Century Ears

Monday, December 3, 10, & 17
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tickets $35

Lecturer: Dr. Sterling E. Murray, Professor Emeritus of Music History, West Chester University

Messiah (1744), is Handel’s best-known composition. While frequently heard in performance today, the rich musical and texted references of Handel’s oratorio—although well known to eighteenth-century audiences—often escape modern-day listeners. This series of talks will employ directed listening and discussion to unlock some of these secrets to better experience how this work might have been heard and understood by Handel’s eighteenth-century audiences. The composer and work itself will be placed in their musical and social context with emphasis on developing skills that will enhance the listening pleasure through greater understanding of form, style, and meaning. Concepts will be illustrated with recorded musical examples.

This presentation is designed to occur on successive Mondays in December, 2018 (December 3, 10, and 17). Each session will last two hours, beginning at 10:00 and including a mid-time break. Although the format follows that of a lecture, questions and observations from the audience will be most welcome.

Dr. Murray is also founding president of The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music and a fellow of the Rockefeller Library of Colonial Williamsburg. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Michigan (1972) and has published and lectured widely on eighteenth-century music both in Europe and this country.

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Jazz Cocktail Hour:

The Cartoon Christmas Trio: Featuring Choirs from Local Elementary Schools

Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:30pm
Tickets Adults $22 Student/Child $15

Merry Christmas! Since its inception in 1995, established solely for the purpose of capturing the nuances of the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi and his contemporaries, Cartoon Christmas Trio has been the premier interpreter of the classic soundtracks of holiday cartoon music, especially the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

The Trio will be joined by baritone Grant Youngblood and Hillendale, Pocopson and Unionville Elementary School Choirs.

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by Saturday, December 15

White Christmas Coffee Snack Mix $6.50

Nutty Wild Brown Rice Salad $8.50

Smoked Turkey Club Sandwich $10.50

New Black & White Cookies $6.50

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Puttin' On the Glitz
New Years Eve Celebration

December 31, 2018 7:30 pm
Tickets $150

Join the celebration to support Uptown!

Dinner, Dancing  & Entertainment

RTC's Broadway in the Borough
New Street Heat Party Band
John Serock Catering


Braised short rib and lump crab cake or Butternut squash lasagna

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Joe Conklin Comedy Show

Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2019 8:00pm
Running time 90 mins

Tickets $32 - $37

Joe Conklin is a Philadelphia radio personality, comedian and impressionist. He’s been heard on morning radio in Philly since 1986. On 94.1 FM WIP’s morning show he’s known for his impressions of Donald Trump, Joel Embiid, Merrill Reese, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Ed Rendell, Barack Obama and many others.

Conklin is one of the most sought after corporate banquet entertainers in the area. His stand-up routine is legendary as he’s skewered some of the country’s top politicians, pro athletes, sports executives and film stars, sometimes to their faces.

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Speaker Series Movie and Talk Back

Goodnight Ladies: The Life Story of Nancy Penn Smith Hannum
with Christianna Hannum

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:30pm
Tickets $15 adv. $20 door

Award winning film directed by Christianna Hannum about her legendary grandmother - accomplished horsewoman and one of the world’s greatest Masters of Foxhunting. ‘Goodnight Ladies’  is the winner of the EQUUS Film Award, a Rome Finalist and was screened at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Special Q & A with filmmaker after film viewing.

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Jazz Cocktail Hour

Prohibition Party!
with Vocalist Chelsea Reed & The Fair Weather Five & performances by The Swing Kat Dancers

Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:30pm
Tickets $20 - $45

Swing your way into the New Year!

  • Vintage Dress strongly encouraged.
  • Hooch Tastings by Manatawny Still Works begin at 5:30pm in the Uptown! Bar.
  • Swing Dance Lesson with Faryl Codispoti of The Swing Kat Dancers for 20 VIP ticket holders at 5:00pm.

Chelsea Reed & The Fair Weather Five play at all the best swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls from renowned Philadelphia venues to nationwide Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and he is featured on their 2017 release, Spreadin' Rhythm Around. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. 

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by  January 12, 2019

Sweet & Spicy Nut & Pretzel Mix $6.99
Pesto Grilled Veggie & Tortellini Salad $8.50
Rosted Chicken - Goatachoke Spread - Carmelized Onions Ciabatta $10.50
New York Cheesecake Cookies $6.50

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Better Than Bacon: Improv Comedy

Friday, January 18, 2019 7:30pm
Friday, March 8, 2019 7:30pm
Friday, May 3, 2019 7:30pm
Friday, July 19, 2019 7:30pm
Friday, September 13, 2019 7:30pm

Better Than Bacon performs in completely unscripted improvisational games, which are all driven by YOUR suggestions and interactions. Every word and every action is completely made up on-the-spot...it is never the same show twice!

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World Cafe Live presents
Echoes, The American Pink Floyd

Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:30 pm
(Doors open at 7pm)
Running time: 120 mins.

10 Fantastic Musicians
7 Timeless Albums
1 Incredible Night of Pink Floyd

Join Echoes, the American Pink Floyd, as they perform hits from 7 different Pink Floyd albums including the classic "Dark Side of the Moon."

Warning - This show may contain video content that has been rated PG-13 for brief partial nudity; alcohol, drug and tobacco use; mild violence and gore and some disturbing, frightening or intense images.

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Dueling Pianos

Show Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Tickets $17 advance $20 door

Thursday, January 24
Thursday, February 14
Thursday, March 14
Thursday, April 25
Thursday, May 23
Thursday, June 27
Thursday, July 25
Thursday, Aug 22
Thursday, Sept 26
Thursday, Oct 24
Thursday, Nov 14
Thursday, Dec 12

Dueling Pianos at Uptown! features a new duo of talented and entertaining pianists every month. Audience driven, it's never the same show twice!

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Hypnotizing America 

with Tim Miller

Saturday, January 26, 2019 7:30pm
Tickts $15 - $20

International Hypnotist Tim Miller comes to Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 26th. Hypnosis shows have been around for over 200 years, but none like this one. When performing his Comedy/Motivational Hypnosis Show, Tim continually creates new, hilarious, fun, and original material.

Members from the audience have the opportunity to volunteer to be hypnotized which leads to a performance the audience will never forget. Come for music, dancing, laughter, excitement as the show plays out on stage and in the audience!

A Windish Music & Productions Event


$20 in advance + $3 service fee

$25 at the door + $3 service fee

Students $15 + $3 service fee

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Opera tutti presents

"The True Story of Cinderella"
by Warren Martin

Sunday, February 3, 2019 2:00pm
Running time 60 mins

Performed annually to an almost cult following at Westminster Choir College, The True Story of Cinderella is a comic, oratorio style, mini opera. The composer, the late Warren Martin was a beloved professor at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.

The cast is comprised of 12 singers, one narrator and a pianist. West Chester is well represented in our talented cast!  Starring our own Catherine Friedman as Cinderella!

Come take an operatic romp through this slightly fractured fairy tale!

Tickets $20/ Adults $15/ Students

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Jazz Cocktail Hour:

Paula Johns presents "The Look of Love", A Tribute to Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick

Friday*, February 15, 2019 7:00pm

You'll hear songs like, Alfie, What the World Needs Now, Valley of the Dolls, The Look of Love, I Say A Little Prayer, and many other familiar and not so familiar songs. We'll recount the relationships between Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick, as well as Dusty Springfield, Streisand, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Costello & many other singers he worked with throughout his amazing career that ran from the late 1950s through the 2000s, many in collaboration with popular lyricist Hal David.

Sharing the stage in this presentation will be the Dave Hartl Trio: Musical Director, Dave Hartl on Piano, Andy Lalasis on Bass & Grant MacAvoy on Drums.

*Please note: this special Valentine Jazz Cocktail Hour is on a FRIDAY at 7PM!

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by Saturday, February 9

Asian Snack Mix with Nori $6.50

Mediterranean Chick Pea Salad $8.50

Southwest Barbecue Chicken Wrap $10.50

Persian Love Cake $6.50

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Oscar Shorts 2019

Animation & Live Action

Saturday, Feburary 16, 2019 3:00pm

Back again, and better than ever! This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

Lists of titles in each program, along with synopses and running times, will be available after the nominations are announced on Jan. 22nd.

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts.  Please make your selection by February 9, 2019.

Cheese- Freak Mix $6.50

Southwest Vegetarian Wrap $7.50

Southwest Chicken Wrap $10.50

Double Decker Brownie $5.00

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Oscar Shorts 2019


Sunday, February 17, 2019 2:00pm

Back again, and better than ever! This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

Lists of titles in each program, along with synopses and running times, will be available after the nominations are announced on Jan. 22nd.

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Speaker Series

From Radical Homemaker to Radical Entrepreneur with Shannon Hayes

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:30pm

Author, speaker, business owner, blogger and farmer - Shannon Hayes presents a thoughtful and impassioned view on what it means to live well. Combining domesticity, love of community and entrepreneurial fire, she’s fueled a world worth living in and hearing about.

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Kenny White

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:30pm
Running time: approx. 90mins

Hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, Kenny White is a talented singer/songwriter and a successful NYC-based record producer. He has written, performed, and produced music for hundreds of TV and radio commercials as well as film soundtracks, and has worked with stars like Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, and Linda Ronstadt.

Although he is an accomplished and sought-after pianist, White is known for his clever lyrics – compared to artists as diverse as Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. His shows include original music, with songs ranging from humorous to heart-breaking, with White accompanying himself on piano and guitar. He often tours with Cheryl Wheeler and with Judy Collins, who released three of his CDs on her Wildflower Records label. For the past year and a half, he has been performing as opener for the Stephen Stills & Judy Collins reunion tour.

White is currently touring in support of his own recent album, LONG LIST OF PRIORS, which features guest musicians such as David Crosby, who says that “Kenny has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters. A true wordsmith and musician who reveals a fine sense of humor as well.”

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The Celtic Tenors

Sunday, March 17, 2019 2pm & 7pm

The charismatic, globe trotting trio are the most successful classical crossover act to emerge from Ireland. They just sing songs they love, and they most certainly don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s all about the music, the harmonies and the fun. The Celtic Tenors will perform songs such as Danny Boy, You Raise Me Up, Nessum Dorma, and other such favourites.

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Speaker Series

Who am I now that I'm not who I was?
with Julie May

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:30pm

Julie May (singer, actor, director) and friends in celebration of her life and performance (including songs from 25+ years of performances in the Greater Delaware Valley). Anyone can be a star! It’s never too late to start.

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Speaker Series

The Chester County Bar Association presents SCOTUS in Action
with Dean Rodney Smolla & Hon. Judge Juan Sanchez

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:30pm

A new edition of one of the highlights of the 2018 season, Dean Rodney Smolla and Judge Juan Sanchez will dramatize a hearing before the US Supreme Court in a current, controversial and complex case.

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Uptown!s Annual Mother's Day Jazz Brunch

Uptown! Divas & The Terry Klinefelter Trio

Sunday, May 12, 2019 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Whether it’s a girls day out or Mothers joined by their loved ones, Uptown!’s Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch will be deliciously entertaining! Join us in the Univest room for a menu that will satisfy all. Enjoy listening to WCU’s jazz pianist, Terry Klinefelter and her trio for the first half our program. The second half of our program presents “The Uptown! Divas”, three top Jazz vocalists, including Rhenda Fearrington, Sharon Sable, and your host Sara Michaels, presenting “Inspirational Songs of Woman and Mothers”.

Coctails & Brunch includes

Garden Frittata
Apple Smoked Bacon
Brioche French Toast
Fresh Fruit
Farro Salad with Root Vegetables
Baked Goods Tray
Mimosa or Bloody Mary

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Better Than Bacon Gives Back Benefit

Saturday, November 30, 2019 7:30pm 
Main Stage Event

For the 3rd year in a row, Better Than Bacon Improv is proud to team up with Uptown! and Act in Faith for our post-Thanksgiving Bacon Gives Back fundraising show! Shake off the tryptophan coma and share some laughs for a good cause!

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