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Shannondell

Inspirations Inspiring things to do, learn and share

Event Guide January- April 2011


Table of Contents Welcome ........................................ page 2 Fitness & Wellness........................... page 4 Aquatics ......................................... page 6 Fitness ............................................. page 8 Games, Clubs & Classes .............. page 14 Games ............................................ page 15 Clubs ............................................... page 18 Classes ............................................ page 20 Spiritual Services ............................ page 22 Performing Arts ............................. page 24 Broadway Series ........................... page 26 Concert Series ............................... page 30 Other Performances ..................... page 34

Š 2011 Shannondell, Inc.

A publication of Shannondell at Valley Forge


Welcome to Inspirations!

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s a resident, you are testament that you can do something new every day at Shannondell.

Swimming. Walking. Aerobics. Stretching. Strength training. Yoga. Tai Chi. Dancing. Acting. Reading. Book discussions. Computer classes. Concerts. Lectures. Painting. Pottery. Woodcarving. Quilting. Bocce. Table tennis. Video games. Whew! And the list goes on. It’s all right here, within mere steps of your front door – accessible, for the most part, via climate-controlled walkways. So, strolling to the pool in January is no more challenging than walking to the bakery for a warm cinnamon roll and coffee. But maybe the best thing about all the things to do, learn and share at Shannondell is that you can do as much, or as little, as you wish. Push yourself in the swimming pool one day, and simply curl up on the sofa with a good book the next day. It’s completely up to you. Just know that the groups, clubs, activities, classes, concerts, movies, plays, musicals, tournaments, field trips, lectures and more are ready when you are. So, in this New Year, we invite you to resolve to browse these pages and choose to do something new every day. It’s possible as a resident of Shannondell. 2


Residents enjoy outdoor bocce


Fitness & Wellness T

he Aquatics & Fitness Center in the Ashcroft Clubhouse and sister Fitness Center in the Bradford Clubhouse both serve as healthy daily stops for many Shannondell residents. As early as 5 a.m. (as in before sunrise), you’ll find residents swimming laps, walking and reading on the treadmills and hitting the weight circuit machines. Aquatics and exercise classes start around 8 a.m. and run through midafternoon, most days. The pool is available for open swimming when classes are not taking place. And the Jacuzzi is always available.

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Health & Wellness

Personal Training

Wellness nurses offer preventive screening, counseling and education to help you maintain good health. To schedule an appointment, please call: Lynn (ext. 5206), Crisa (ext. 5140), or Mary Jo (ext. 6433).

Fitness evaluation, orientation and training is available with an exercise physiologist. Call Michelle (ext. 5258) or Stacy (ext. 6417) to schedule your appointment. (For your safety, appointments are recommended prior to using exercise equipment).

For more comprehensive health care, The Main Line Health Center at Shannondell offers board certified physicians and licensed staff specializing in the health care needs of aging adults. Located in the lower level of the Ashcroft Clubhouse, the Health Center can be reached at ext. 5241.

Massage Massage encourages circulation, decreases muscular stiffness, and can decrease joint inflammation. To schedule a massage with a certified and accredited therapist, call 215.237.6920.

Golf A sister Shannondell property, The Club at Shannondell boasts an 18-hole golf course, pro shop, locker rooms, pool complex, and full-service restaurant and bar. For tee times, call 610.382.9320

Bulletin Boards Be sure to check the bulletin boards, located inside the Fitness Centers for timely fitness, health and nutritional information. And if you ever have questions, call Michelle or Stacy.

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Aquatics Classes Shallow Shape-up Monday, 9 a.m. Not sure where to start? This class may be a good “jumping off” point. Taking you around the pool “circuit” style, this program offers many cardio and strengthening benefits.

Hydro-Pilates

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Aqua-cize Tuesday, 8 a.m. For all fitness levels, this high-energy aerobic workout to upbeat music gets the heart pumping. Did you know that every gallon of water you move weighs 8.3 lbs.!

Monday, 9:45 a.m.

Water Walking

This non-impact strengthening and stretching program helps to develop “core” body stabilization, enhance strength, correct posture and relieve stress. Taking traditional mat pilates into water, this class is exhilarating.

Gentle movements make this a good choice for a wide variety of fitness abilities. Come and enjoy cardio, strengthening, balance and joint range of motion benefits.

Aqua-Power Walk Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Try power walking in water to improve both lower body strength and overall endurance. This is a more fluid, lower impact regimen than its land-based cousin and is also easier on the joints.

Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Hydro-Pilates Wednesday, 9 a.m. This non-impact strengthening and stretching program helps to develop “core” body stabilization, enhance strength, correct posture and relieve stress. Taking traditional mat pilates into water, this class is exhilarating.


Come on in. The water’s 88 degrees!

Aqua-cize Thursday, 8 a.m. For all fitness levels, this high-energy aerobic workout to upbeat music gets the heart pumping. Did you know that every gallon of water you move weighs 8.3 lbs.!

Water Walking Thursday, 9 a.m. Gentle movements make this a good choice for a wide variety of fitness abilities. Come and enjoy cardio, strengthening, balance and joint range of motion benefits.

Open Swim Daily/Staffed - Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Enjoy the run of the Aquatics Center pool when classes aren’t being conducted.

Shallow Shape-up Friday, 9 a.m. Not sure where to start? This class may be a good “jumping off” point. Taking you around the pool “circuit” style, this program offers many cardio and strengthening benefits.

Hydro-Pilates Friday, 9:45 a.m. This non-impact strengthening and stretching program helps to develop “core” body stabilization, enhance strength, correct posture and relieve stress. Taking traditional mat pilates into water, this class is exhilarating.

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Fitness Classes Moving Lively

Strength in 30!

Monday, 9 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Another great opportunity to move to the beat of music, this class uses aerobic movements to work on agility and cardiovascular improvements.

In 30 minutes, strengthen, tone and improve upper and lower body muscle strength and endurance. Standing/seated dumbbell exercises end with a stretch.

Meditation Outside The Box Monday, 10 p.m. (Ashcroft Meditation Room)

Providing an opportunity to explore the many methods of meditation, this non-sectarian approach emphasizes tools for well-being, stress relief and growth.

Classic Yoga

Monday, 1:30 p.m. (Bradford)

Monday, 10 a.m. (Bradford)

Learn techniques to improve balance during daily activities. Coordination exercises help to reinforce muscle memory and ensure improvement.

Yoga uses seated, standing and floor postures to stretch and strengthen the entire body (Chair postures may be substituted for floor stances).

Lower Body Toning Monday, 11 a.m. (Bradford) Concentrating on muscles from the waist down, seated and standing exercises combined with stretching tone hips, thighs and legs.

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Body Balance

Stretch & Strength Monday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft) A seated program (to music) that isolates muscle groups leading to better posture while sitting or standing. Starts and finishes with stretching.


TUESDAY Yoga For Strength

Stretch & Strength

Tuesday, 9 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. (Bradford)

Powerful postures to increase flexibility, strength and endurance. This intensive workout uses Vinyasa flow postures (requires getting down on a mat).

A seated program (to music) that isolates muscle groups leading to better posture while sitting or standing. Starts and finishes with stretching.

Moving Lively

Stretch Class Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft) A relaxing, seated stretch-only class that has you in and out in about 20 minutes. Remember, flexibility is just as important as strength and cardiovascular exercise.

Tuesday, 10 a.m. (Bradford) Another great opportunity to move to the beat of music, this class uses aerobic movements to work on agility and cardiovascular improvements.

Tai Chi (Beginner) Tuesday, 10 a.m.(Bradford living room)

Zumba

A great “stress reducer,” Tai Chi focuses the mind first and teaches the body to follow by shifting balance points combined with deep breathing. Proven to improve physical balance.

A Latin-inspired, cardio-fitness class that will get you smiling and moving to the beat in no time. And in the process, you’ll burn a few calories.

Tuesday, 11 a.m. (Bradford)

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Fitness Classes Classic Yoga

Strength in 30!

Chair Aerobics

Wednesday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford)

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft)

Yoga uses seated, standing and floor postures to stretch and strengthen the entire body (Chair postures may be substituted for floor stances).

In 30 minutes, strengthen, tone and improve upper and lower body muscle strength and endurance. Standing/seated dumbbell exercises end with a stretch.

A seated class that gets the toes tapping (to music), the heart rate up and the blood pumping via a variety of exercises and isolated movements.

Zumba

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (Bradford)

Core Conditioning Wednesday, 10 a.m. (Bradford) Strengthen “core” muscles including abdominals, back, buttocks, hips, and thighs with mostly floor work exercise. You will feel and notice the results.

Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft) A Latin-inspired, cardio-fitness class that will get you smiling and moving to the beat in no time. And in the process, you’ll burn a few calories.

Body Balance Wednesday, 11 p.m. (Bradford) Learn techniques to improve balance during daily activities. Coordination exercises help to reinforce muscle memory and ensure improvement.

Men’s Max Muscle For men only, this class focuses on strength training for a total body workout using a variety of equipment. We want to “pump” you up!


THURSDAY

Moving Lively Thursday, 10 a.m. (Bradford) Another great opportunity to move to the beat of music, this class uses aerobic movements to work on agility and cardiovascular improvements.

Tai Chi (Intermediate)

Seated Yoga

Thursday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft living room) A great “stress reducer,� Tai Chi focuses the mind first and teaches the body to follow by shifting balance points combined with deep breathing. Proven to improve physical balance.

Thursday, 11a.m. (Ashcroft)

Stretch & Strength

Thursday, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft)

Thursday, 10:30 p.m. (Bradford) A seated program (to music) that isolates muscle groups leading to better posture while sitting or standing. Starts and finishes with stretching.

Enjoy many of the same benefits as standing yoga. These seated and supported standing postures will help you relax and find new sources of energy.

Meditation Using seated relaxation and breathing methods, students learn to de-stress. You will leave refreshed, relaxed and feeling at peace. For all fitness levels.

Belly Dance (beginners welcome) Thursday, 11 a.m. (Bradford) Set to music, this fun class offers both a cardio and muscle-toning workout. Isolates hips, thighs, shoulders, arms and abdominals. Requires standing. 11


Fitness Classes Core Conditioning

Stretch & Strength

Friday, 9 a.m. (Ashcroft) Friday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford)

Friday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft)

Strengthen “core” muscles including abdominals, back, buttocks, hips, and thighs with mostly floor work exercise. You will feel and notice the results.

A seated program (to music) that isolates muscle groups leading to better posture while sitting or standing. Starts and finishes with stretching.

Walking Group

Strength in 30!

Friday, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Bistro)

Friday, 10 a.m. (Bradford) Friday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Enjoy stretching your legs with friends and neighbors as we meet in the Ashcroft Bistro for a staff-led, moderately paced community walk.

In 30 minutes, strengthen, tone and improve upper and lower body muscle strength and endurance. Standing/ seated dumbbell exercises end with a stretch.

Fit Walk (Shoe 1-2-3) Starting Spring 2011 (Check calendar for dates & times) A fitness walking program including 3 levels. Join us outdoors and let’s enjoy some fresh air.


The fitness room is a morning draw for friends.

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Games, Clubs & Classes

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hether you’re interested in honing a lifelong skill such as

billiards or chess, or you’re thinking of taking up something new like the game of Mahjong or tap dancing … you’ll find the opportunity, instruction and friendships to make you feel at home when you join us for any of these Shannondell activities.

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Games at Shannondell Table Tennis Monday, 12 p.m. (Bradford Gallery) Sporting cushioned flooring similar to Olympic Table Tennis venues, table tennis at Shannondell is always competitive and fun!

Mahjong Mon., 12:30 p.m. (Bradford club room) Mon., 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft club room) Mahjong is played by four players and involves a set of 152 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. It takes skill, but also a little luck.

Party Bridge Monday, 12:45 p.m. (Bradford card room) If Billiards is the most popular game at Shannondell, Bridge isn’t far behind.

Pinochle Monday (1st/3rd), 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) A classic “trick-taking” game with bidding, melds and tricks. A little “poker” face doesn’t hurt either.

Party Bridge

Chess Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft living room)

Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Whether you’re a lifelong player, or just starting, you’ll enjoy the company and learn a few new moves.

Duplicate Bridge

Billiards: Women’s League

Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. (Bradford card room)

Tuesday, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft) Some say Billiards is the most popular activity at Shannondell. With Men’s, Women’s, Co-ed and Beginners’ leagues, all we know is that the clatter of balls and laughter is a common sound, no matter the day or time. 11 15


Games at Shannondell Billiards: Womens League

Duplicate Bridge

Rummikub

Wednesday, 10 p.m. (Ashcroft)

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Wednesday, 2 p.m. (Bradford club room)

Billiards: Co-Ed League

Another “tile” game (akin to Scrabble) that combines elements of Rummy, Chess, Dominoes and Mahjong.

Wednesday, 1 p.m. (Clubhouses alternate monthly. See calendar for location.)

Pinochle Wednesday, 1 p.m. (Bradford card room)

Wednesday, 7 p.m. (Ashcroft club room)

Wednesday, 12 p.m. (Bradford Gallery)

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft living room)

No matter how you “hold’em,” you’ll have a blast testing your skills and trying your luck with these residents.

Sporting cushioned flooring similar to Olympic Table Tennis venues, table tennis at Shannondell is always competitive and fun!

Another popular game at Shannondell, the Scrabble Club invites all levels of players, including beginners, to join them.

Billiards: Beginner Women Thursday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Table Tennis

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Poker

Scrabble


Bridge (Defense) Friday, 9:30 a.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Pinochle Friday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Canasta Thursday, 1 p.m. (Bradford card room) One of the “rummy” family of games. Played by four (2 partner teams) with two standard deck of cards.

Cribbage

Rummikub Friday, 2 p.m. (Bradford club room)

Table Tennis Friday, 2 p.m. (Bradford Gallery)

Scrabble

Thursday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Friday, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft living room)

This popular game can be played with two or more and involves grouping cards in combinations to gain points.

Bocce Leagues

Billiards: Men’s League Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft & Bradford)

Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times.

Wii Bowling Leagues Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times. 17


Clubs at Shannondell

The Actors Studio

Current Events Discussion Group

Under the direction of Robb Hutter, this group of talented residents has a blast learning the latest acting techniques, reading scripts, rehearsing and performing.

Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft card room) Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford card room) A resident-moderated group, this Club meets weekly to discuss various topics of interest in regard to current world affairs.

Cryptology Club Monday (2nd & 4th), 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) If you enjoyed the movie “National Treasure” starring Nicolas Cage, you’ll enjoy this study of hidden information via encryption. It’ll grab you from Day One.

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Needlework Club Monday (2nd & 4th), 11 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio) This group does so much for our area communities, including making pillowcases for heart and cancer patients, and teddy bears for kids involved in car accidents.

The Art Gallery (Ashcroft) Showcasing residents’ creative talents, The Art Gallery at Shannondell also hosts exhibitions of artists residing in Philadelphia, New York and beyond.

Tuesday, 10 a.m. (Performing Arts Theater)

The Shannondell Singers Tuesday, 3 p.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Brian Horoho directs this co-ed chorus that rehearses weekly and performs semi-annually in the Performing Arts Theater.

Non-Fiction Book Club Thursday (6th), 2:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) This resident-led group describes themselves as a “lively bunch of armchair historians” who enjoy a wide variety of non-fiction work.


Photography Club

Book Discussion Group

Thursday (4th), 2 p.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio)

Friday (4th), 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Open to all skill levels, this group focuses on composition, contrast, lighting, and special effects for better, more interesting photographs.

Focusing on one work of fiction each month, this resident-moderated group offers insightful interpretations in a social and fun setting.

Model Railroad Club

Woodcarving Club

Thursday (1st), 2:15 p.m. (Ashcroft movie theater)

Friday (1st), 2 p.m. (Ashcroft woodcarving studio)

Boasting more than 60 members, the Model Railroad Club is the keeper of the ever-expanding model railroad room – with almost 1,000 feet of track!

Join this talented group of wood carvers as they learn to turn ordinary blocks of Tupelo wood into amazing lifelike wildlife sculptures.

Garden Club Seasonal (March to September) Contact Activities for dates & times. Although dormant over winter, this busy group of gardeners keeps residents and staff stocked with fresh produce during the summer season. 19


Classes at Shannondell

Computer Classes Monday, 10-12 a.m. Monday, 1-3 a.m. (Bradford computer lab) Led by Lee Berg, classes include introduction to PCs, Intermediate computers, email workshops, internet shopping, file management, introduction to Word, and more.

Line Dancing (Beginner & Intermediate) Tuesday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft living room) Learn the “Electric Slide,” the “Freeze” and other popular line dances in this resident-led class.

Pottery & Sculpture Wednesday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio) Led by Maria Orr, this unstructured class is for all clay sculpting skill levels wanting to learn and improve. 20

Instructor Maria Orr keeps students focused.


Computer Class

Computer Class

Ballet Fitness

Wednesday, 10-12 a.m. (Bradford computer lab)

Thursday, 10-12 a.m. (Ashcroft computer lab)

Friday, 1:00 p.m. (Performing Arts Theater)

Ballet Dancing

Painting

Line Dancing

Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Combining the art of ballet with live piano music, leaders Susan Cade and Tatyana Featherman keep everyone on their toes (figuratively).

Painting Wednesday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio) Led by Maria Orr, this unstructured class is for all skill levels wanting to learn and improve their watercolor, oil and/or acrylic painting skills.

Thursday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio)

Painting & Clay Workshop Thursday, 1:00 p.m. (Bradford arts & crafts studio)

Computer Class Thursday, 1-3 p.m. (Bradford computer lab)

Tap Dancing (Beginner) Friday, 9 a.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Tap your way to better health, balance and coordination while having a blast learning the steps.

Computer Class Friday, 10-12 a.m. (Ashcroft computer lab)

(Beginner & Intermediate) Saturday, 1:00 a.m. (Ashcroft living room) Road Scholar: Grand Central to Union Station Friday, March 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Learn how the U.S. Railroads informed and influenced the 19th & 20th centuries, including industry and immigration.

Road Scholar: The U.S. Senate Friday, April 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Recent politial and economic events seem to have turned the US Senate upside down. We’ll explore what history indicates and discuss the Senate’s future. 21


SPIRITUAL SERVICES Shannondell is blessed with residents representing a variety of denominations and spiritual beliefs. In fact, our residents tell us this diversity makes our community a more interesting place to live, socialize and grow spiritually.

Ecumenical Communion

Rosary

Tuesday (1st), 7;30 p.m. (Ashcroft movie theater)

Wednesday, 3 p.m. (Ashcroft movie theater)

A communion service in the Protestant tradition led by retired resident clergy.

Residents of the Catholic faith meet to pray and say Rosary.

Vespers

Shabbat

Tuesday (3rd), 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft movie theater)

Friday (2nd), 7:30 p.m. (Bradford movie theater)

A traditional Protestant service led by retired resident clergy.

This service is led by a volunteer from Jewish Family Services.

Catholic Mass Wednesday (last), 10 a.m. (Ashcroft movie theater) Led by Fr. Golias of St. Teresa of Avila Church.

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Performing Arts S

eating 500 and boasting a sound and lighting system designed by the same company that outfitted the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York and Walt Disney World in Orlando, The Performing Arts Theater at Shannondell is in a class by itself, not only among retirement communities, but also concert venues in surrounding townships. Which is why both the King of Prussia Players, and Methacton Community Theater call The Performing Arts Theater at Shannondell home. Additionally, the Performing Arts Theater is home to Shannondell’s own resident Actor’s Studio and all Broadway and Concert Series performances under the direction of Jeffrey Uhlig. The resulting variety of quality shows, plays and musicals offers something for everyone. Just take a look at upcoming performances. 24


Jeffrey Uhlig, Artistic Director & Pianist Broadway & Concert Series Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera. He plays regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert Master David Kim, Principal Cellist, Hai-Ye Ni and Principal Trombonist, Nitzan Haroz. Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin. He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University.

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Shannondell Broadway Series Songs for the Leading Man Jeffrey Coon (baritone) and Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) January 28, 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Coon A 10-time Barrymore nominee for Theatre Excellence, Jeffrey Coon is a Philadelphia-based actor and singer. Mr. Coon has performed in more than 75 professional productions including the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Prince Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre Company and many others. Mr. Coon has also toured nationally, appearing at prestigious regional houses such as Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars.

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Fran Prisco (Baritone) & Jeffrey Uhlig (Piano) February 28, 7:30 p.m. Wilcommen. Bienvenue. Welcome … Im Caberet, au Caberet, to Cabaret at Shannondell! There’s no better way to say adieu to the cold, gray days of February than with a lively Cabaret show.

Fran Prisco Fran Prisco is a local favorite who makes his home in Center City Philadelphia where he has been working as an actor for more than 16 years. Mr. Prisco has performed on most of Philadelphia’s stages including The Walnut Street Theatre, The Arden Theatre Co. Act II Playhouse, The Philadelphia Theatre Co., and The Wilma Theatre, among others. Performing many Cabarets of his own creation, Mr. Prisco is currently directing My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, to debut at the Walnut Street Theater this spring. 27


Shannondell Broadway Series The Romance of Broadway Liz Filios (soprano), Alex Bechtel (tenor) & Jeffrey Uhlig (Piano) March 21, 7:30 p.m. This month’s Broadway Series performance features selections from “The Romance, Drama and Tears of Broadway.” Chills and tears guaranteed.

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Liz Filios has performed locally at the Arden Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, the Joyce Soho, and at the Bang On A Can Contemporary Music Festival in New York. She has also performed with the Cape Town Opera Company in South Africa, the International Opera Theatre in Italy, and throughout Europe as a cabaret singer for Celebrity Cruise Lines. Recently, Ms. Filios was nominated as Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Singin’ in the Rain.

Alex Bechtel is a Philadelphia-based actor, writer, and musician. Mr. Bechtel has had the pleasure of performing with a number of Philadelphia theaters and artists, including 1812 Productions, The Walnut Street Theatre, Act II Playhouse, Theatre Horizon and New Paradise Laboratories. Recent credits include This is the Week That Is, The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!, Here’s Tony and First Impressions, and Honk!. Additionally, Mr. Bechtel works as a pianist/vocal coach/teaching-artist for The University of the Arts, Walnut Street Theatre, The Wilma Theatre, and The Arden Theatre.


Great Songs by Great Composers Jody Kidwell (mezzo soprano) & Jeffrey Uhlig (Piano) April 26, 7:30 p.m. Another Broadway Series winner featuring “Great Songs by Great Composers.” Jody Kidwell Ms. Kidwell was a winner in the third Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and was later chosen by Mr. Pavarotti to appear in Luisa Miller, filmed by PBS. Ms. Kidwell has also performed the major concert works of Verdi, Beethoven, Rossini, Elgar, DeFalla, Mahler and Mozart with the North Carolina Symphony, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The National Symphony of San Jose, Costa Rica and Bogota, Columbia. Additionally, she has sung the major oratorio works of Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn. Ms. Kidwell can be heard on the Lyrachord label in Mozart’s Requiem with Vox Ama Deus. 29


Shannondell Concert Series Anna Marie Ahn Petersen (viola) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) January 7, 7:30 p.m. Showcasing the Viola artistry of Anna Marie from the Philadelphia Orchestra, this Concert Series performance is not to be missed.

Anna Marie Ahn Petersen Violist Anna Marie Ahn Petersen joined the Philadelphia Orchestra immediately upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1992. Collaborating in chamber music with such luminaries as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yefim Bronfman and Christoper Parkening, Ms. Petersen is a frequent guest in chamber music festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Casals Festival, Seoul Arts Festival, and the Saratoga & Kingston Chamber Music Festivals. Additionally, Ms. Petersen has performed as soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic and the Orquesta Filarmonic de Bogota. 30


David Kim (violin) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) January 17, 2:00 p.m. Concert Master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim (violin) joins Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) for this afternoon concert series performance.

David Kim Violinist David Kim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986, he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1999, Mr. Kim was named Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2008, Mr. Kim was awarded the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually to “the member who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.” Mr. Kim is also a soloist with orchestras around the world. 31


Shannondell Concert Series Jeffrey Lang (French horn) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) February 8, 7:30 p.m. This Concert Series performance features Jeffrey Lang, associate principal horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra and principal horn of the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lang has appeared as soloist with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masure and Leon Botstein.

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Jeffrey Lang Jeffrey Lang is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is the associate principal horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Formerly principal horn of the Israel Philharmonic, Mr. Lang has performed as guest principal horn of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera.


The Three Tenors March 10, 7:30 p.m. Tenors Cody Austin, Michael Gallant and Taylor Stayton join Jeffrey Uhlig at the piano for an evening of pure harmony. Cody Austin Mr. Austin has performed concerts with Peter Nero and The Philadelphia Pops, The New Jersey Master Chorale, The Ambler Symphony, The Ocean City Pops, and Annapolis Opera. Michael Gallant Mr. Gallant has performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff. Taylor Stayton Mr. Stayton, a resident artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts, has performed a number of roles including Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

Nitzan Haroz (trombone) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) April 6, 7:30 p.m. Nitzan Haroz, the Virtuoso Principal Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joins Jeffrey Uhlig for an evening of sonatas for brass and piano and other selections. Nitzan Haroz Mr. Haroz joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 1995. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Associate Principal Trombone of The New York Philharmonic. He is the former Principal Trombone of the Rishon-Le Zion Symphony and Opera Orchestra and has also performed in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Haroz studied at The Juilliard School.

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Other Performances Singin’ Bohemians Cabaret Troupe

Astral Artists

January 10, 7:30 p.m.

Representing the best emerging classical musicians in the Philadelphia area, this non-profit organization grooms these young artists (at no cost) for a successful career. Part of this education process includes outreach programs such as this concert. Come show your appreciation, and enjoy some of our area’s finest musicians.

This group of talented singers and dancers from MacGuffin Theater & Film Company also includes choreography by Liz Fredette and is directed by John Rea.

Jazz Concert Rags to Riches

January 11, 7:30 p.m.

January 5, 7:30 p.m.

Dave Posmontier, Ed Wise and Carlton King will be jazzing things up and getting the toes tapping for this popular performance.

Gaslight Productions’ Don Kawash and Randy Shupp present this two-man show featuring rags by Scott Joplin and other classic arrangements by Cole Porter, Gershwin and Richard Rogers. 34

February 14, 7:30 p.m.


The Marvelous Musical Martins Shannondell Ballet March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Guys & Dolls February 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m. February 27, 2:00 p.m. March 4 & 5, 11, 7:30 p.m. March 6 & 12, 2:00 p.m. King of Prussia Players presents Guys & Dolls, a musical fable based on stories and characters of Damon Runyon. Premiering in 1950, the show won five Tony Awards and ran for 1,200 performances. Songs include Classics such as “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck Be A Lady.” It’s a sure bet! ($10 for residents.)

Join the Shannondell Senior Ballet class as they put the many techniques and movements they’ve learned to music. You’ll be astounded at the talent of these Shannondell residents.

Ed Wise & The New Orleans Jazz Band March 8, 7:30 p.m. Don your Mardi Gras best for a toetapping good time of festive jazz, and just maybe a few “beads.”

March 16, 7:30 p.m. The Martins (Doug and Martha) are singers and instrumentalists who have performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, and concerts nationwide. Their musical virtuosity on piano, violin, and their specialty – English Handbells – is always a hit.

St. Patrick’s Day Concert March 17, 7:30 Charlie Zahm (guitar and vocals), Cheryl Prashker (percussion) and Tad Marks (fiddle) will have you dancing a Jig in no time. 35


Other Performances The Satori Chamber Ensemble

22 Park Avenue Swing Band

Accordion Pops Orchestra

March 28, 7:30 p.m.

April 8, 7:30 p.m.

This professional ensemble of winds, strings and piano feature both traditional and contemporary chamber music. The group’s repertoire ranges from baroque to 21st century selections.

This 18-piece big band plays classics from performers like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Stan Kenton. You’ll also hear more recent hits from the likes of Chicago and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Returning to the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater for the third year in a row, the largest accordion orchestra on the east coast is always a favorite of residents. The group consists entirely of accordions plus percussion instruments.

April 10, 3 p.m.

Tonia Tecce (soprano) & Richard Raub (piano) April 13, 7:30 p.m. This Philadelphia based crossover soprano has graced the stages of the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall and now returns to the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater stage.

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Methacton High School Jazz Band April 20, 7:30 p.m. It’s always hard to believe that these talented musicians are high school “kids.” A must-see, particularly if you have grandchildren in high school.

Full Circle Female Vocal Group April 15, 7:30 p.m. Accompanied by Hal Martin, this women’s quartet will fill the Theater with harmonious vocals.

Arcola Middle School Ensemble April 28, 7:30 p.m. If you can’t believe your ears when you hear the Methacton High School Jazz Band, you’ll be doubly impressed by these local middle school students who make up this string ensemble.

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Residents acting up in The Actors’ Studio at Shannondell.

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Shannondell Event Guide  

Event Guide fir Shannondell Life.

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