7/30/2017 10:59:00 AM Concert Association Announces 2017-2018 Schedule Membership drive is also underway
Amantha Mill from Boone returns to the Lincoln Cultural Center Sunday, October 8th at 3 PM for the first of the 2017-2018 season concerts presented by the LCCA.
Puddingstone, known for their Celtic Christmas Concerts at Old Salem which they performed for twenty years, will present the second in this year's series of concerts at the Cultural Center Sunday, December 17th at 3 PM. It's sure to make your holiday season more enjoyable.
Stringfever, four talented musicians from London, England, will be featured in a February 11th concert, 3 PM, at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Reminiscent in one respect of Victor Borge, who used comedy and his piano to introduce the masses to classical music, in one of their numbers, all four of them play one cello simultaneously.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
It was the early 1980s. Lincoln County had a brand new building called the Citizens Center. It would seat 1,275 people. At last there was a facility large enough to warrant bringing significant entertainers to town. Jack and Sue Ramseur, Paul Rhyne, and close friends with a love of the arts got together to form the Lincoln County Concert Association.
The local endeavor not only allowed them to bring stellar entertainment--mostly what some would call "high brow"--to Lincolnton; they also had an agreement with other community concert associations in other towns. Those who joined the Lincoln County group could also attend concerts in Statesville, Albemarle and Gastonia.
For thirty-six years LCCA has brought Lincoln County quality entertainment. Over the years, the Concert Association has presented a variety of talent--from famed pianists Ferrante & Teicher to budding star classical pianist Umi Garrett, the Frank Love Orchestra, 1950s heartthrobs the Diamonds and Motown Sound group Masters of Soul.
About sixty percent of the Concert Association's budget is generated by membership sales. More than thirty percent is derived from contributions. Only about 20% comes from ticket sales to the concerts the LCCA presents.
Membership in the LCCA is open to everyone. Memberships are $50 for adults and $15 for students up to age 18. Two parent family memberships are $115 and include all children under 18. Single parent family memberships are $65.
The 2017-2018 season begins Sunday October 8th when Amantha Mill, the popular group from Boone, returns to the Lincoln Cultural Center for a 3 PM concert.
The Cultural Center has become the favored location for the LCCA concerts for several reasons. One, it has better acoustics than the Citizens Center. Two, it provides a more intimate setting--and it's rare for a concert to need the capacity of the Citizens Center. Third, the smaller concerts that have been held on most occasions in recent years find the Cultural Center a better fit.
After Amantha Mill--whose musical stylings range from bluegrass to swing and include classic country and what some would call Americana music--another group who have been here in the past returns: Puddingstone will be coming December 17th.
Many will be familiar with their much acclaimed Celtic Christmas Concerts at Old Salem which they performed for twenty years. They'll be bringing their extraordinary talents to perform a similar Christmas concert at the Cultural Center in December.
The third concert for this season will be February 11th, also at the Cultural Center. Four talented musicians from London, England, will perform. You might call Stringfever comedians--since that is a part of their show. They are, of course, very talented musicians. As a part of their performance, they challenge the audience to play Name That Tune as they race through 20 of the best-loved movie themes of all time in one breathless arrangement. The show ends with their signature finale, “The History of Music” which takes the audience on a musical journey from classical masterpieces to contemporary pop with forty tunes packed into five minutes!
The final concert in the 2017-2018 season will present husband and wife duo Barnaby Bright on April 29th. They will be joined by cellist Alan Black of the Charlotte Symphony for their performance--also at the Cultural Center.
As we mentioned, membership in the LCCA also provides members the opportunity to enjoy concerts in those three other cities. In Gastonia, the 2017-2018 season begins September 7th. The Gaston Concert Association holds its concerts on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the First Assembly of God, 777 S. Myrtle School Road in West Gastonia. That first concert of the season will feature Coming Up Brass. Other concerts in the 2017-2018 season in Gastonia include:
Two on Tap, October 20th-- Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano take you to the days when Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony and precision tap dancing.
Shanka La-Verne Pettis, March 9th
Night & Day starring Kevin Spirtas, April 20th
In Statesville, pianist Lara Downes will be joined by Alexander Bernstein for the first concert of the season on September 16th. The concerts there are held in the Mac Gray Auditorium at 474 N. Center St. Other Statesville concerts for the 2017-2018 season (all on Saturday nights) include:
Artrageous, an interactive art & music experience, October 7th
A Christmas Holiday Special with Joshua Carswell, Page Park & the Hall Sisters, December 2nd
Black Market Trust (jazz band), February 3rd
The Carpenters Remembered, March 2nd--Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage accompanied by her 7-piece band performing favorites made famous by Karen & Richard Carpenter
The Temptations Revue, April 28th--Barrington "Bo" Henderson, lead singer for the group from the late 1990s until 2003, present the music of perhaps the most beloved of the Motown groups, the Temptations
In Albemarle, the Stanly County Concert Association holds its concerts at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032-B Newt Road. Most of their concerts are on Saturday evenings, but one is on a Sunday afternoon. The 2017-2018 series includes:
The Tams, Saturday September 30th, 7:30 PM
Paul & Sophia Chandley, Saturday October 28th, 7:30 PM--a talented piano duo from Troy, NC
Carol of the King, the Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular, Sunday December 10th, 3 PM
The Church Sisters, Saturday March 24th, 7:30 PM--two up and coming stars from Virginia's coal country
Pianist Emile Pandolfi, Saturday April 14th, 7:30 PM--joined by guest vocalist Dana Russell
If you would like to join the Lincoln County Concert Association or to make a contribution to this effort to enrich our local cultural offerings, you can just copy and paste this form:
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