St. Patrick’s Day concert to kick off ARCA season

The Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts will host a St. Patrick’s Day program featuring Carnival of Souls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13.

For ARCA, a nonprofit organization that states a goal of providing “stimulating and enriching professional arts and education programs,” the spring concert marks the reopening of its Lincoln Hall performance venue in Foxburg after COVID-19 shutdowns put a halt to performances in November.

“The public is absolutely hungry for something to do,” ARCA Executive Director John Soroka said.

Carnival of Souls is a lively Celtic band made up of the Lowry family and friends.

According to Soroka, they use a variety of traditional and nontraditional instruments “to produce a rich range of music, which would be at home on any concert stage in western Pennsylvania, in a pub in Dublin or in a coffee shop in Shadyside.”

The concert will feature Highland pipes, Bodhran drumming, 12-string guitars and bass guitars, mandolin, fiddle, flute, tin whistle, hammered dulcimer, accordion and keyboard, along with high-spirited vocals.

Soroka said Carnival of Souls is an “audience favorite” that has appeared at Lincoln Hall for over a decade, rousing the audience with foot-stomping tunes. It also has performed traditional and original Celtic music in other areas of western Pennsylvania, along with eastern Ohio and West Virginia for over 20 years.

The concert will be held in compliance with state mitigation guidelines. They include temperatures of attendees being taken before entry and requirement of face masks.

Socially distanced seating at 50% of occupancy will allow for 55 tickets to be sold. Walk-ins are welcome as socially distanced seating lasts.

For more information, including on upcoming concerts, go to alleghenyriverstone.org or call (724) 659-3153.