Concerts here and all over the valley

The Arkansas Valley Community Concert Association Board of Directors met at the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday to discuss the coming season and the selling of tickets and corporate memberships. Each board member was given a packet with tickets for the coming season. 2018-2019. This season is remarkable in that three of the concerts have outreach programs for school children. These programs are presented 1 to 2 p.m. on the afternoon of the evening show at 7 p.m., all at the Otero Junior College Ed Stafford Theatre. Just call Hal Tatman, 254-7373, or Judy Hensley, 384-2092, to let them know how many are coming.

The three concerts with outreach programs are the first concert, “Holy Rocka Rollaz,” Tuesday, Sept. 18; the second concert, “The Funniest Night with Todd Oliver,“ on Monday, Oct 22; and the third is, Frederik Chiu, classical pianist, on Monday, Feb. 25. No need to explain the appeal of the all-out 50’s sound of “Holy Rocka Rollaz,” with a show for all ages, or “The Funniest Night with Todd Oliver.” Oliver is a comedian/ventriloquist with a talking dog - I understand one of the dogs is a puppet but there are real dogs, too. Frederik Chiu is a new classical pianist who will be having fun and showing off techniques on his piano for the kids.

The real treat for the adults is “Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook,” with Suzanne O’Davis. It is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Remember “I Feel the Earth Move,” “It’s Too Late,” “Natural Woman,” “One Fine Day,” “You’ve Got a Friend”? If you don’t, you’re in for a brand new treat. The fifth concert, on Sunday, March 24, is the only 2 p.m. matinee on a Sunday. It features the Hydes with Tadhg O Meachair - as you might guess, an Irish group with fiddle, piano accordion, bodhran, step-dancing - the works. The last group is back to the country sounds with the “Doo Wah Riders” on Friday, April 5, 2019.

The season tickets allow you to see all these concerts plus reciprocal concerts in neighboring towns. Lamar has six concerts different from ours: 7th Avenue (contemporary a capella), Black Market Trust (5 piece band, standards and gypsy), Arkansas Valley Wind Percussion Ensemble Christmas Concert (concert band, Valley Jazz Orchestra, Main Street Ringers), Paul the Beatle (one-man Beatles show), Let’s Go to the Movies (movie themes - baritone, piano and video) and AVWPE Spring Concert .  The Fremont County Community Concert Association (Canon City) has four concerts different from AVCCA: Swing Your Strings (with Doug Cameron; Cashore Marionettes, Elisabeth Von Trapp (music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, strong on “Sound of Music”) and Denver Brass as a Sunday matinee on April 28, 2019. All these concerts, time and place, will be listed on your ticket, which is good in Lamar, Canon City, Johnson City, Kansas, and Burlington.

The season tickets are as follows: family, all living in one house, $125; non profit group ticket, $150 (for example, nursing home, 12 tickets); adult, $50; student, $25. That’s a lot of good shows for the money. If you don’t buy a season ticket, you can come in with a ticket at the door for $20 adult or $10 student.