November 19, 2007

Owens Welcomes Al Petteway and Amy White in ‘Winter Tidings’ Concert, Nov. 29

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College will usher in the holiday season as nationally-acclaimed folk artists Al Petteway and Amy White bring their Celtic-inspired melodies to the Center for Fine and Performing Arts in a “Winter Tidings” concert on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The concert will be held in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre at 8 p.m. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is proud to welcome widely recognized and celebrated musical artists Al Petteway and Amy White to Northwest Ohio,” said Barbara Barkan, Owens Operations Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. “Their unique style and vast musical experience will appeal to all performance attendees, especially those who enjoy the rich sounds of acoustic music.”

The husband and wife duo began performing together in 1995 and won the Washington Area Music Association Award (WAMMIE) for Best New Artist that same year. Since then, they have won well over three-dozen WAMMIE awards (including Folk-Traditional Duo, New Age Duo and Irish/Celtic Duo), five Maryland State Arts Council awards and the 2001 Indie Award for Acoustic Instrument from the Association for Independent Music, among many other accolades. Also, in 2004, Petteway was honored with a Grammy Award for the Best Pop Instrumental Album.

The music of Petteway and White is a blend of folk, Celtic and New Age, interfused with their passion for the Appalachian Mountains. Among the many instruments they utilize are the acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano, Irish bouzouki and world percussion. During their concerts, they are known for winning the hearts of their audiences by sharing the vibrant stories of the places and things that inspire their culturally-enriched music.

The upcoming concert at the College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts will feature an array of music from their latest album, “Winter Tidings” (2006). In addition to the “Winter Tidings” album, Petteway and White have recorded “Land of the Sky” (2005), “Acoustic Journey” (2004) and “Gratitude” (2001), among others. They also each have several solo albums to their names, in addition to their many albums as a duo.

The Owens performance will feature many holiday classics as well as several original pieces in a multi-media presentation that will also contain the photography of Petteway and White. Petteway previously worked for National Geographic for many years and they are both avid photographers of nature. Many of their pictures are of the nature and scenery that surrounds their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and of the Appalachian Mountains, where they formerly lived. Photographs of the Appalachian winter will accompany the musical holiday sounds.

In addition to the “Winter Tidings” concert, Al Petteway will provide a free workshop where attendees can learn contemporary techniques for fingerstyle acoustic guitar in DADGAD tuning. The free workshop will occur from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Mainstage Theatre.

Tickets for Al Petteway and Amy White’s “Winter Tidings” concert are $20 for the general public, $18 for senior citizens, and $16 for Owens students and employees. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information about this event, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.