WYO opens 30th anniversary season with pianist Cheli

SHERIDAN — The WYO Performing Arts and Education Center opens its 30th anniversary season with accomplished pianist Dominic Cheli Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Winner of the 2017 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, Cheli enjoys a rapidly advancing career, including his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with legendary conductor Valery Gergiev, his Carnegie Hall recital debut and upcoming CDs on the Naxos label.

A native of St. Louis, Cheli has performed with the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis as well as orchestras all across the country and abroad including the DuPage Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie of Germany and the Great Falls Symphony.

He has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Markus Huber, Rossen Milanov, Arthur Fagen, Matthew Aucoin and many others. Dominic recently debuted at several major festivals across the U.S. including the Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival and the Virginia Arts Festival.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12.50 for students and are available at www.wyotheater.com or the WYO Theater box office.


DAR holds meeting in Buffalo Thursday

BUFFALO — The next Daughters of the American Revolution meeting will be Sept. 19 in Buffalo at the home of Janet Johnson.

The program will be about one-room schools in Johnson and Sheridan counties. For more information about carpooling contact Nancy Buchanan Talbot at 361-522-1503.


Explore Hemingway series coming to Sheridan College

SHERIDAN — Three award-winning authors, Elissa Schappell, Ian Bassingthwaighte and Ling Ma will give a combined reading at Sheridan College Sept. 19 from 7-8 p.m. at Whitney Academic Center W153. A discussion and book signing will follow. The event, which is co-hosted by Sheridan College and the Ucross Foundation, is free and open to the public as part of the statewide “Explore Hemingway” series.

Schappell, Bassingthwaighte and Ma have all been named finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel in the years 2001, 2018 and 2019, respectively. Ucross has partnered with the PEN/Hemingway Award — founded by Mary Hemingway, wife of Ernest Hemingway — since 1995 and invites the award winner, two runners-up and two honorable mentions for one-month residencies at Ucross. The award is administered by PEN America. The three writers will all be in residence at Ucross during the month of September.

The evening will be moderated by Sarah Sinclair, dean of instruction and academic services at Sheridan College. Sinclair has led multiple “Explore Hemingway” reading events with writers including Lisa Ko and Yaa Gyasi as well as a recent discussion with writer Elizabeth Gilbert — also a Ucross alum — during The Sheridan Press’ 2019 FAB Women’s Conference.