Jazz musician Don Aliquo is returning to the Johnstown stage.
The Venue of Merging Arts VOMA) is preparing to welcome back Aliquo and guitarist Ken Karsh on Dec. 29 as a result of an overwhelming reception during his premiere performance at the venue Nov. 25.
Karen Mesaros, VOMA's public relations coordinator, said that Aliquo's November appearance beckoned many people to the venue and the saxophonist didn't disappoint.
"It was amazing," Mesaros said. "He's one of the greatest jazz musicians that I've seen in the area. He lived up to his repertoire."
Mesaros also described the performance as engaging: Aliquo brought drummer and Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center executive director Michael Bodolosky on stage, as well as a few other musical friends.
"He even played longer than he was expected to because they wouldn't let him stop," she said. "It was a mixed-age crowd, too, which was very nice to see.
"He felt so well-received. He said he couldn't wait to come back."
The Johnstown native won't have to wait much longer, and neither will local fans. But those who saw him last time need not worry: Mesaros said the show won't be the same.
"We're mixing it up a little bit, but it will be of the same quality," she said.
Aliquo's musical prowess has been showcased on many stages: he has performed with Tony Bennet, Lena Horne, Mel Torme and Johnny Mathis. Add to that list Hal Case, Johnnie Long, Woody Herman, the River City Brass Band and the Pittsburgh Steelers football pep band. Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh have also hosted his talents.
This encore performance features Pittsburgh guitarist Ken Karsh. Karsh is co-director of the Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble and is a member of the music faculty there.
Mesaros encourages music fans to take advantage of the opportunity to see Aliquo and Karsh perform at VOMA.
"It's for anyone who appreciates good music and a nice evening out," she said. "It's casual, and more up close and personal. You can really experience some high-level jazz that you would probably have to go to Pittsburgh to see."
The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude at 10:30. Tickets, which cost $10 per person, can be purchased at the door or online by visiting http://aliquoreturns2011.eventbrite.com. BYOB is permitted for those with a proper ID.
For more information about this and other upcoming events at VOMA, visit www.theVOMA.com.
Talented jazz musician returns to Johnstown stage
Don Aliquo will play at VOMA on Dec. 29.