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Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities

 2013-2014 Season

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An Evening with Hal Linden

Faith Assembly Auditorium

Hal Linden spices up the stage with a dose of nostalgia and a dash of legendary star quality.  The Portland Oregonian called him "... a triple-threat performer with a big voice."  Linden performs some of America's greatest songs and Broadway hits.  His concert is filled with decades worth of knowledge and talent and an assortment of poise, entertainment and timeless melodies.                                                                         More   Press

October 10, 2013
7:30 pm
Trio Voronezh

  Faith Assembly Auditorium

 With dazzling virtuosity, three Russian musicians alter the way audiences experience music.  It is the depth and utter charm that win over even the most died in the wool classical music lovers - while at the same time captivating those who enjoy the fiery passions of Russian Folk and gypsy dance music.  They serve up a feast of delights on the Dorma, Bajan, and double bass balalaika.                               More  Press

November 17, 2013
3:30 pm 

New Date

Eugene Ballet

Richland High School Auditorium

 In one evening, this group will take you on a memorable journey.  You will be taken to Persia to meet Scheherazade, the Golden Slave and the Sultan himself.  From there you will be transported to Spain with the music of Ravel's Bolero.  It is truly a memorable journey for all who attend.

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February 4, 2014

7:30 pm

New Date

Italian Saxophone Quartet

Faith Assembly Auditorium

This quartet never fails to bring the house down with their charisma and virtuosity that convey their two decades of friendship and collaboration in hundreds of concerts around the world.  They provide a program that spans the globe and musical styles.  Four different instruments of the saxophone family are performed by four masters: Mondelci, soprano sax; Gerboni, alto sax; Marzi, tenor sax; and Mazzoni, baritone sax.                                                                         More  Press

April  4, 2014
7:30 pm
The Piano Artistry of Mike Strickland 

Richland High School Auditorium

 Pianist Mike Strickland brings a unique blend of musicianship, artistry, and showmanship to the concert stage.  The fantastic show features pop, jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, show-tunes, and his original music.  His charm, sparkling arrangements, and an unmatched ability to connect with his audience are hallmarks of his performances .  The Chiawana High School and Richland High School Choirs are expected to be part of a guest choir.                          More  Press

May 15, 2014

7:30 pm

New Date


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Concert Locations


Venues subject to change

The Community Concert locations are:

Faith Assembly Auditorium - 1800 Road  72 (Near Court Street), Pasco, WA 

(Take Court Street to Road 72)


An Evening with Hal Linden, Trio Voronezh, and Italian Saxophone Quartet.

Richland High School Auditorium - 930 Long, Richland, WA

Eugene Ballet and The Piano Artistry of Mike Strickland.



























Trio Voronezh is a musical ensemble that produces incredibly exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics across a variety of musical styles, all played upon Russian folk instruments. Trio Voronezh’s astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation give the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, folk and contemporary repertoire. The diverse repertoire of the Trio includes the works of Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov, as well as Russian folk songs, Argentine tangos, gypsy dance music, bluegrass and popular songs by Gershwin. The ever-expanding concert material is arranged by the members of the Trio, and performed with extraordinary virtuosity and musical lyricism entirely from memory.

The musicians of Trio Voronezh have been playing and performing since they were young children, around the age of six. They continued their classical training and pursued further study at the Conservatory in Voronezh, Russia.

Vladimir Volokhin went on to win the title of National Champion in the All-Russia Domra Competition in 1988.


Valerie Petrukhin has performed with many famous Russian folk orchestras and ensembles and currently is being an honored member of the Sierra Nevada Balalaika Society.

Sergei Teleshev won many regional and international accordion competitions and was an award-winning finalist in the 1995 World Accordion Competition, held in Klingenthal, Germany.

Vladimir Volokhin, Valerie Petrukhin and Sergei Teleshev formed the Trio in 1993. The folk trio named themselves after the working-class city from which they studied and perfected their craft, a city of over a million people, and approximately 350 miles south of Moscow. In 1995, Trio Voronezh sprang onto the international stage after they were discovered playing classical favorites and folk tunes in a Frankfurt, Germany subway station.

Trio Voronezh made its U.S. debut at the 1996 Oregon Bach Festival. Earning critical praise and held in high regard by the crowds, they were the sleeper-hit of the summer. The musicians were immediately invited to return. They followed with concert appearances in Europe, a music video filmed in the USA and performances in the 1997 and 1999 Oregon Bach Festivals. The first U.S. tour of the group, in the fall of 1998, began by bringing down the house at NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. The Trio went on to perform at Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts; the cities of Ann Arbor, Chicago, Portland, and St. Louis; and the Universities of Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska, and Los Angeles; as well as Amherst, Dartmouth, New York’s Rockefeller University, and Stanford. Topping it off, the Trio Voronezh was signed by the prestigious EMI Angel label, and went into the studio to record their first CD, self-titled, “Trio Voronezh.”

The trio made its orchestral debut with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in a highly successful collaboration with Doc Severinsen. Since then the Trio has performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S., Canada and Russia.

In addition to five Albums released in the following years, the Trio was featured on a 2007 release of “Peter and the Wolf”, along with the London Symphony. It   was  selected by Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, as one of 2007’s “10 Best.” Stevanne Auerbach is one of the nation’s and world’s leading experts on play, toys, and children’s product. The recording was also selected by National Parenting Publication Awards “NAPPA Gold Award.”  


The Instruments


Instruments that comprise the group are: the Domra, the Balalaika, and the Bayan, or chromatic button accordion. The instruments are common to Russia, but are infrequently heard or seen in this country.

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The Russian Domra, played by Vladimir Volokhin, is a lute-looking! mandolin-sounding instrument dating back to the 1400’s. It is of Mongolian heritage, and is the forerunner of the balalaika. Like the balalaika, it is a three-stringed instrument played with a pick... but, the body of the instrument is round, rather than triangular.



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The national instrument of Russia, the Balalaika-Doublebass is played by Valerie Petrukhin. It is large and wedge-shaped, and is generally in the tonal range of the double bass violin. The instrument is supported by a leg that protrudes from the low corner of the body, and is played standing up.



The Bayan, played by Sergei Teleshev, is a Russian folk instrument that is studied seriously in institutes of higher 

 music  education.     Unlike the piano accordion, the right hand of the Bayan consists of buttons arranged chromatically. 


The instrument is free-bass: the buttons of the left-hand can be coupled to form chords, as in typical Stradella        accordions, or switched to play only notes. The instrument’s registers can be changed throughout a performance via chin stops...  allowing the musician to switch reeds  both hands are free to continue playing.











What the press is saying about

The Trio Voronezh


A common thread throughout reviews of their performances has been the astonishment of listeners at the amount of sound and music that the Trio produces.  It is evident that audiences are overcome by the virtuosity with which each musician plays his instrument, the passion and sensitivity to the demands of the varied pieces within the repertoire, as well as, the interplay within the ensemble. With such lusty performances as the Trio is known for, audiences respond in kind with boisterous and exuberant applause.


Since their 1996 U.S. debut, Trio Voronezh has created a sensation 

wherever they have performed."

- Matthew Schloneger, Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Chair



"... it was clear from the first note that these musicians have abilities

 that are easily at the top of their league.”

- San Francisco Classical Voice



"Their technique is flawless in any style, and their sense of rhythm 

sophisticated and nuanced."

 -  Portland Oregonian




"They played everything from memory, ... They played two encores and 

got three standing ovations, heartfelt ones, 

not the obligatory kind."

- Doug Ramsey on Jazz and Other Matters




"... performed as energetically at the end as at the beginning of the show."

La Junta Tribune



Clear and purposeful dynamics, and never faltered for an instant."

- San Francisco Classical Voice



"It was an unlikely combination for a Vivaldi concerto movement, but it worked.

- Birmingham News










Italian Saxophone Quartet



The Italian Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1982 by four saxophone soloists, close friends determined to join together to perform chamber music for saxophone at the very highest artistic level. They have played to wide acclaim in more than 500 concerts in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, USA, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda and Russia.  The quartet's concerts have been recorded and broadcast by the Italian RAI-Radio 1 and RAI-Radio 3 as well as by Swedish, German, Japanese and American national radios. 


In 1984 and 1985 the quartet won a number of important chamber music competitions including the unanimous First Prize at the prestigious “Premio Ancona” (under the direction of Goffredo Petrassi), and in addition, were awarded a special prize for their performance of contemporary music. 


Among their important projects, in 1999 the quartet performed L. Berio's work “Outis” with the Symphony Orchestra of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.  They recently appeared as soloists with the Malipiero Symphony Orchestra in works by P. M. Dubois and A. Piazzolla, and collaborated with the Fonè String Quartet on the creation a new arrangement of the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach for string and saxophone quartets, which was premiered at the XXII International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo.


Since 2002 the ISQ's annual tours of the United States have brought them to New York City (where they showcased at the annual Arts Presenters Conference), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other venues in California, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Idaho and Alaska.


Highlights of their discography include two CDs on the Delos label (Los Angeles) and a CD of contemporary music on the Pentaphon label.


Recent projects include concerts at the Al Bustan Festival Beirut (Lebanon), the Oleg Kagan Musikfest in Munich (Germany), a tour of the USA, and the Palaces of St. Petersburg Chamber Music Festival (Russia).


Federico Mondelci has appeared as soloist with all the important Italian orchestras, including La Scala Milan, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. He has toured world-wide as soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In the World Saxophone Congress, he has performed in Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy and the States. His CD of Piazzolla Tangos with Moscow Chamber Orchestra on has received great critical acclaim; another CD for RCA was the recipient of the “Diapason d'Or” medal.


Marco Gerboni has won several prestigious prizes, including first prize in the “Premier Ancona.” He has collaborated with many major Italian orchestras, including La Scala, Milan and the Florence Maggio Musicale. Gerboni has twice represented Italy at the World Saxophone Congress and has performed worldwide. His recordings include discs for EMI and Mondo Musica.


Mario Marzi is a chef famous for his carrot cake; he is also a great soccer player and top goal-scorer. In his spare time, as a saxophone player, he has won nine national and four international competitions and performed with Italy’s most important orchestras. He worked for twenty years with the Teatro alla Scala and with the Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of today’s leading conductors: Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Prètre, Lorin Maazel, Luciano Berio, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Semyon Bychkov, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gustavo Dudamel, and Claudio Abbado. His CD of the major saxophone concertos, and  a book on the saxophone, were recently released.


Massimo Mazzoni has worked with many important orchestras throughout Italy, frequently as soloist. He represented Italy at several World Saxophone Congresses, including in Germany, USA, Japan and Spain. In addition, Mazzoni was the sole organiser of the 10th Congress, which took place in Italy in 1992 and involved 500 saxophonists. He has made recordings for BMG, Pentaphon, Ricordi etc.







What the press is saying about

Italian Saxophone Quartet



“The concert was fantastic! Everything about it was wonderful."

Fallbrook (CA) Performing Arts



  "Their skill was obvious and choice of music varied and interesting but 

even more than that, they had a good time themselves during their performance 

and that was transmitted to the audience."

- Director, Alberta Bair Theatre, Billings



"Truly elegant playing, and wonderful people as well."

- Director, Da Camera Society, Los Angeles



“They were a smash. Charming, as you might expect from quatro Milanesi!”

- Sacramento Community Concert Association



"It was the total package that wowed the audience. Every note of the evening was exquisite, 

and this team really knew how to put on a show . . . with a program that spanned the globe and musical styles . . ."

- Sarasota Herald Tribune



“Think you don't like saxophone quartets? Oh my, think again! . . . A revelation

. . . knocked me out from the first notes.”

- Monterey Peninsula Herald



“Secure intuition . . . mastery of their instruments . . . tight and well-blended ensemble.”

- Il Tempo, Rome














Eugene Ballet

Founded in 1978 by Toni Pimble and Riley Grannan, the Eugene Ballet Company has grown from a community-based dance group to become one the West’s busiest and most versatile professional dance companies. The Company has performed in over 100 cities in 32 U.S. States and internationally to Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia and Taiwan. the years, EBC has grown to become a fully-professional ballet company that performs a wide range of classical and contemporary works with four-production resident seasons at the 2,500-seat Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene and three production seasons in Salem and Corvallis, Oregon. EBC also tours throughout the Northwest.

The EBC has presented over 100 different ballets, created and staged by award winning Artistic Director Toni Pimble and many of the country’s finest choreographers including Anna Marie Holmes, Bruce Marks, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Paul Vasterling, Robert Battle, Charles Bennett, Daniel Pelzig, Jill Eathorne Bahr, Dennis Spaight, Paul Vasterling and Eloy Barragan. From full length classical ballets (Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote) to contemporary works like Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s In A Word, Robert Battle’s Circle, Line Square and Jill Eathorne Bahr’s Captured Angel and family programs that include Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan, Ken Kesey’s Little Tricker The Squirrel Meets Big Double The Bear and Daniel Pelzig’s Princess & The Pea, the Company has always sought to present a wide variety of programming for its audiences.

The works of resident choreographer Toni Pimble have long been a mainstay of Company repertory. Ms. Pimble has been awarded a Choreographer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and Master’s Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Included in the 40+ works created for the Company have been collaborations with a number of creative artists in a variety of disciplines including author Ken Kesey, native American storyteller Ed Edmo, blues singer Curtis Salgado, silk artist Steve Oshatz, composers Erik Lundborg and Patricia Vann Ness, Thomas Lauderdale and the band Pink Martini and acclaimed theatrical designer Michael Curry. From
Children of the Raven (based on the legends of the
American Pacific Northwest Coast tribes) to Still Falls The Rain (inspired by a story of Taliban intolerance) to Columba Aspexit (thematically based on the oppression of women) to The Skinwalkers (inspired by the work of Native American Pueblo cubist painter Helen Hardin) to Silk & Steel (an exploration of movement and material), Ms. Pimble’s work is known for being innovative, appealing and provocative. Musically, Ms. Pimble is a frequent collaborator with the Shedd Institute for the Arts having received commissions for a number of new works including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with composer Dick Hyman, Sidney Bechet’s La Colline du Delta and the first production of Aaron Copland’s The Red Pony.

Educational programs are also a focus of EBC activities, including affiliations with Young Audiences, the Lincoln Center Project, the Washington State Cultural Enrichment Program and Artist-In-Education programs promoted through local and regional arts councils. From master classes to performances and residencies, the EBC has presented over 1,000 performances region-wide including two month-long “Dance On Tour” residencies in Arizona and New Mexico sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Over the past two decades, the EBC has been continuously recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with Dance Company Grant awards and, in 1996, was the first Oregon dance company to be a recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award.

The Eugene Ballet Company has set a high standard in the performing arts and has gained a loyal following of dance fans everywhere the Company has performed.







What the press is saying about

Eugene Ballet



 “Smooth and romantic . . . innocent and cheeky . . . enchanting . . . haunting . . . delightful. ”

- Register Guard 



“…by re-envisioning ballet, the company can reach people who 

might not have ever thought of themselves as ballet fans.” 

- Oregon Daily Emerald


















The Piano Artistry of Mike Strickland

Pianist and composer Mike Strickland has been influenced by many styles of music and has evolved into a one-of-a-kind piano artist. Born and raised in Jackson Mississippi, he grew up listening to the great composers of that time including Henry Mancini, Vince Guaraldi, the Beatles and Burt Bacharach. His performance career started at the age of 9 when his father would encourage him to entertain dinner guests ("Alley Cat" and "Baby Elephant Walk" were the big hits back then).

After turning eighteen, he began to frequent the clubs and listened to great local blues talents including native Mississippian, B.B. King. Formal music studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and California State University at Northridge continued to expand his musical talents.

After that, Mike moved to Montana and honed his entertaining skills in ski resorts, where his varied and spirited sets included Beatles tunes, romantic film themes, and finger-busting boogie-woogie numbers.  

Mike's next home was Seattle for 26 years where he built a solid career as a performer, composer and recording artist. He started arranging popular music and creating CDs that were a mixture of well-known melodies and some original works. His own works were varied — some lush, orchestral and cinematic, some smooth jazz, some blues and boogie flavored and others almost new age. Sales of these CDs climbed to over 350,000 and are distributed throughout the nation and digitally throughout the world.

In the last 15 years, Mike has concertized as a solo piano artist, with The Mike Strickland Duo, and with The Mike Strickland Trio. He is known for his exceptional musicianship and arrangements, his virtuosic technique, and his unmatched ability to connect with the audience on a personal level. His music outreach, mentoring programs, and master-classes are always enjoyed by up and coming artists in the communities where he concertizes. Mike's unique and colorful programming of his concerts is always a hit with audiences. Daughter Elizabeth, a fine classical pianist, often joins him as a special guest. He enjoys showcasing other young talent as often as he can.

As a composer, Mike has always been inspired and driven by melody.  He also loves to experiment with motion and texture, using the piano as his own orchestra.  He has worked hard at developing his own unique style of piano artistry and has racked up some impressive achievements. In addition to his music airing for 7 seasons on CBS Sports PGA Golf, it has also been heard on the NBC, FOX and ABC networks as well as two major motion pictures. Mike's positive message song/animation "Spread Joy" was also featured on ABC Good Morning America.

In March of 2011, Mike debuted several original works as a featured piano soloist with the Salem Pops Orchestra. March of 2013 will find Mike in another featured performance with the Salem Pops where he plans to debut more of his original orchestrations.

Sometime in 2013 he will release his 22nd CD titled "Fantasy" which features all original compositions for solo piano.












What the press is saying about

The Piano Artistry of Mike Strickland

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Hal Linden

Hal Linden is an American actor, singer and musician whose career spans more than 65 years with memorable roles on stage, television, in film and a cabaret-style variety show that he tours nationally. Linden is perhaps best known for his portrayal of police precinct captain Barney Miller in the hit television series of the same name that aired on ABC from 1975-1982, earning multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his work.

Linden made his Broadway debut in 1957 in the musical “Bells Are Ringing” opposite Judy Holliday and subsequently toured with the national company.  He later starred in the 1962 Off Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s 1930s hit “Anything Goes.” To date, he has performed in more than 20 Broadway and Off Broadway productions. His numerous stage credits include “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “Subways Are for Sleeping,” “The Apple Tree,” “The Pajama Game,” “The Sisters Rosenswieg,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Tuesdays With Morrie,” “I’m Not Rappaport,” “Something More,” “The Education of Hyman Kaplan,” “Three Men on a Horse,” “Chicago,” “Cabaret,” “The Gathering” and “The Rothschilds,” for which he won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Actor In A Musical.

His outstanding stagecraft led to roles on both the big and small screen. His feature film credits include: Bells Are Ringing (1960), “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?” (1979), “Starflight One (1983),” “Out To Sea” (1997) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, “A New Life?” (1988) with Alan Alda, and “Time Changer” in 2002. 

There is no doubt however, that audiences know Linden best from his many roles on television.  He hosted ABC’s “FYI,” a sixty-second information series, (similar in format to the network’s popular “Schoolhouse Rock”), which aired three times a day in the early 1980s and for which he earned two Emmy Awards.  Linden garnered a third Emmy in 1984 for his portrayal of a rabbi in “The Writing On The Wall,” for the CBS series Schoolbreak Special.” He hosted the popular ABC children’s series “Animals, Animals, Animals” in the 1970s. The show, produced by ABC News, earned numerous Emmys and the Peabody Award.

After Barney Miller, Linden starred in several more series for network television: “Blacke’s Magic” (1986), “Jack’s Place” (1992-93) in which he played a retired jazz musician, and “The Boys Are Back” (1994).  He’s had numerous guest appearances on some of television’s most popular shows including: “Hot In Cleveland,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Will and Grace,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Nanny,” “The King of Queens,” “Touched By An Angel” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

More recently, Linden has spent considerable time traveling the country with his show, “Hal Linden In Concert.” The set is an entertaining combination of songs and theatrical musings highlighting memorable moments from his life and career.

In 2011 he released his first CD, titled “It’s Never Too Late.” The disc, a labor of love that Linden recorded over a period of three decades, includes 14 tracks that range from classic pop to jazz standards, Broadway and feature film tunes and favorites from the American Songbook.

Linden was born Harold Lipshitz, in New York City on March 20, 1931. He graduated from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan and later studied music at Queens College, before graduating from City College of New York. A classically trained clarinetist, (he joined the musician’s union at 15), Linden played in dance bands with Bobby Sherwood, Ray McKinley and Sammy Kaye, before being drafted into the Army, where he sang and provided entertainment for the troops. He had long dreamed of leading a Big Band of his own, where he could play his clarinet, sing and make records, but when he returned from his stint in the Army, he realized that the Big Band era was winding down and opted instead to pursue a career in acting. He enrolled at New York's American Theatre Wing where he trained in voice and drama. He continued to study acting under mentors Paul Mann and Lloyd Richards as well as voice training with John Mace and Richard Dorr. Linden was married for 52 years to his wife Frances, until her passing in 2010. They have four children.


What the press is saying about

An Evening with Hal Linden



"...a master of his craft”

- Broadway World



“…an evening of visual variety that was all first-rate."

 - The Grand Rapids, Mich., Press



The term ‘class act’ could have been coined for Linden. Hitting all the right notes,

smack in their resonant middles.

 - Toronto Star



 “A poised performance worthy of one of the great entertainers of his era.

- Milwaukee Journal













Subscription Information

The Community Concert Association of the Tri-Cities offers 1500 subscriptions to the public every season. By becoming, a subscriber you are not only subscribing to an excellent entertainment value; you are contributing to the idea of affordable and enjoyable entertainment for audiences in the Tri-City area.  A family subscription includes 2 adults and 3 students.  So a family purchase represents 5 subscriptions. 

Season subscriptions to the Community Concerts make excellent birthday and other occasion gifts. Check, your grandchild may get extra school credit by attending the concerts as well as being introduced to professional artists.

Because of reciprocity agreements, the Tri-City tickets also allow you to attend concerts in other communities on a space available basis. Members of a given community concert get first priority for seating. Reciprocity agreement communities include Moses LakeSunnyside, The Dalles, and Wenatchee.














Becoming a Member

Currently, membership subscriptions are available for the six concerts of the 2014 - 2015 Season. Single concert tickets will be available at the door on a space available basis at $25 for adults and $10 for students,  

Subscriptions to the 2014-2015 Concert Series cost:: 

Adults $45

Students $20

Families $105

Families include 2 adults and 3 students. So a family membership represents 5 Subscriptions. 

Students must be full-time and under 22 years of age.

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Plans for Season 2014 – 2015


Community Concerts is planning an excellent series for the new season including an extra bonus concert.  Are you planning to join?  You will have a first chance to renew on April 4 and a second chance on May 15.  Do not forget to remind your friends and neighbors that they can get into the Mike Strickland Concert free on May 15, 2014, simply by purchasing a 2014-2015 Season subscription.  In fact why not make it an event and invite them to go with you?


Although there may be changes, the plans for the new season are as follows:


Habeneros – September 2014.


Direct from Havana this quintet are celebrated members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. Each has distinguished themselves as soloists, university faculty, artisans and recording artists. Programming includes classical favorites and Cuban and South American compositions while costumed in authentic festive attire.


Hot Sardines - October 2014


Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys front woman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines.  The Sardine sound is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: Foot-stomping jazz.


Anthony Kearns - November 2014


Kearns is acknowledged as the Best Irish Tenor in the US, UK, and European Union by the Irish Music Association.  He processes an all encompassing repertoire spanning classics, Broadway, spirituals, inspirational, and opera and the tenderness of his voice captures the truth and spirit in the classics and traditional music.   


Metalles M5 – February 2015


This brass quintet plays a variety of music without regard to genre: Baroque and contemporary music, opera and blues, pop, movie soundtracks, and folk music from Spain Mexico, and other Latin American countries. The M5 concerts are unique musical theatrical concert experiences combining the performers' musical skills, inborn showmanship, and inimitable Latin American Charm.    


Quartetto Gelato – April 2015


A unique blend of sparkling technique, musical finesse and humor, the Quartetto Gelato’s instrumental programs are classical in intent, but eclectic by design.  They include traditional masterworks, operatic arias, tangos and more, and all are done without any scores on stage!  This clarinet, cello, violin/vocals and accordion quartet’s relaxed and free approach establishes immediate rapport with the audience. 


Umi Garrett – May 2015

This youthful concert pianist is a virtuoso bundle of talent and charm. Her orchestral debut and appearance four years ago on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the age of nine launched her career in the fast lane.  Her precocious musical sensibility and dazzling techniques continue to thrill audiences worldwide. She is a winner of international competitions in which other competitors are adults.


















Jerry Bell

Richard Calcavecchia

Patti Cleavenger

Bill Dluhosh

Donna Glass

Dick Gordon

Jenifer Haler

Hazel Hanson

Renee' McMahon

Loren Schmid

Dee Sly

Jean Tucker

Dee Watrous