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Vaslav Nijinsky

"The Classics” are a group of five-musicians who possess a diverse background of musical style. They are known for their dynamic musical styles, wide vocal range and harmonies, playing a variety of classic oldies, rock & roll, country and dance music ranging from the 50s to the current hits of today.

Dr. Thomas Nassif  accompanies

Soprano Cristina Nassif

Artistic Director, Anna R. Nassif stepped up to the plate again to produce another great program for the

10th anniversary of this festival featuring a mixture to include music, opera, literature, theatre, and history.
All performances are held at the Szilagyi Center over a 4-day weekend. Each event within the program is

separately ticketed or by donation. Weekend passes are also available.


Soprano Cristina Nassif is acclaimed on the operatic and concert stage for her "powerful, expressive voice and electric stage presence”

(The Washington Post)

Wheeling Symphony

String Quintet

Monday 29 May 2017 - 2:30 pm
249th Army Band Jazz Combo
Szilagyi Center Auditorium - Free


Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust

Clear Mountain Bank

Cheat River Limestone / Greer Industries

Preston Chamber of Commerce

Mark Payne - WV Humanities Council

Greater Morgantown CVB

Rowlesburg On Trac Community

WV Fairs & Festivals

Street's Store

Preston County Commission

Mike Hooton

Charles Buckingham

The Nassif Family

Janet & Imre Szilagyi

Thomasina & Nick Caporella

Anna R. Nassif - Dancer, Choreographer, Professor Emerita, Department of Kinesiology, School of Education Dance Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

249th Army Jazz Band

River City Festival of the Arts -  Memorial Day Weekend

              Laura Ward                Dr. Thomas Nassif              Jaimie Kotmair 

Friday 26 May 2017 - 1:00 pm

Sacajawea, American Indian interpreter for Louis and Clark expedition - Portrayed by Mary Daily

Szilagyi Center - 3rd Tier - Sponsored by the WV Humanities Council & Mike Hooton, Benefactor

Friday 26 May 2017 - 4:00 pm

Vaslav Nijinksy, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent, cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century

Exhibit and lecture demo by WVU Professor General Hambrick with solo performance of "Dance of the Virgin - Jumps" by WVU dancer

Szilagyi Center - 3rd Tier. Coffee and cookies are served.


Saturday 27 May 2017 - 10:00 am

Return of the Buckwheat Athletes - Mike Argabrite & Mike Barnett, football, basketball & wrestling - Kingwood High School 1967

Written Tribute to Mickey Furfari by Norm Julian. Remarks by Dr. Lynn Housner, Preston County Parks and Recreation Projects

Szilagyi Center - 3rd Tier - Preston County Sports Museum

Saturday 27 May 2017 - 3:00 pm

Cristina Nassif presents a concert of Operatic and Operetta

arias, Broadway Show tunes, songs, and duets by Bizet, Puccini, Giordano,

Léhar, Lara, Lacalle, Rogers, and Lloyd-Webber, among others. 

She will be accompanied by Laura Ward, a distinguished collaborative

pianist who performs regularly with renowned classical artists and is

known for her technical ability and vast knowledge of repertoire and styles

Ms. Nassif's father, Dr. Thomas Nassifand her husband,

baritone Jamie Kotmair, will make guest appearances.

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - $15.00 / $7.00

Reception at the River City Cafe following the performance

Saturday 27 May 2017 - 5:00 pm

Turkey & Ham Dinner with all the trimmings

Christ United Methodist Church

West Main Street - $10.00 / $5.00

Saturday 27 May 2017 - 8:00 pm

River City Gala Ball with the Classics Rock Band

Fingerfood, Casa Marrara Wine & Soft Drinks, BYOB

Presentation of ON TRAC Business Recognition

Toast to Class of 1967 & 50th Anniversary of Alums from

10 original Preston County High Schools

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - $25.00 / $15.00


Sunday 28 May 2017 - 2:30 pm

Wheeling Symphony String Trio

A concert of classical, operatic, Broadway, pop and film music

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - $15.00 / $7.00

Sunday 28 May 2017 - 5:00 pm

Silent Auction and Patriotic Dinner (baked steak) catered by Sidetracked Restaurant

"Soldiers of all the Wars" - dinner program by Rev. Harold George and Sister Priscilla

VFW Post 3008 Social Hall - $10.00 / $5.00

Sunday 28 May 2017 - 7:30 pm

War of 1812: causes, conflicts and consequences

An evening at the theater by Preston High Theater Ensemble and Lynn Broderick, Director

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - $15.00 / $7.00


Monday 29 May 2017 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

First Annual Car Cruise

organized by Phil Wotring

Area TBA

Monday 29 May 2017 - 4:00 pm

Preston County Community Choir

Wayne Williams, Conductor

Kent Pomeroy

Szilagyi Center Auditorium - Free



River City Café open on Saturday and Sunday as of 10:00 am for Continental breakfast, and lunch

Museums, Exhibits, and more

Wheel throwing and pottery demonstrations by Susan Ramey, Ridgetop Pottery 

at the Arts Preston Studio (Szilagyi Center - 3rd Tier)

Event Email:

For tickets, passes and information

Anna Nassif, Festival Director - 304-454-9786 or 608-354-9355

Katie Wolfe, RRC Chairperson - 304-454-9232

Eric Bautista, RRC Vice-Chairperson - 304-454-9506

Shirley Hartley, Asst. Treasurer - 304-329-1240

PC Chamber of Commerce - 304-329-0576