The Dodge City Community Concert Association will begin season ticket sales April 6.
The 2013-14 season will bring four national touring programs to the Dodge City Civic Center: The Abrams Brothers, playing virtuoso guitar, violin and bass and singing effortless vocal harmonies (Oct. 5, 2013); "Long Live the King," the songs of Nat 'King' Cole sung by Allan Harris and accompanied by the Allan Harris quintet (Nov. 14, 2013); Charlie Albright, pianist, winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, described as being "among the most gifted musicians of his generation" (Feb. 26, 2014); and Rodney Mack and The Philadelphia Big Brass, ten of America's virtuoso brass musicians playing everything from Elvis Presley to Duke Ellington, Earth Wind & Fire and classics like "Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 (May 10, 2014).
The local community concert association was formed in 1936 by Louis F. Miller, owner of Hulpieu-Miller Furniture. Miller's wife was a piano teacher and past director of the Presbyterian Church choir. Mrs. Miller's mother was a retired piano teacher who had been organist at the Presbyterian Church for 64 years. Other Dodge City musicians joined the effort to bring quality concerts to town.
The Community Concert Service Division in New York had concert seasons in 300 cities across the country. The head office was reluctant to book a season in a town the size of Dodge City, which had a population of only 9,000 at the time.
But the management reluctantly agreed to send artists to Dodge City and the first concerts were scheduled.
The concerts were held in the high school auditorium then moved to the new Civic Center in 1955.
One of the unique aspects of the community concert associations is that they often share reciprocity with associations in neighboring towns. Your ticket to the Dodge City concerts will also gain admission to concerts in Liberal, Pratt, Great Bend and Garden City — at no extra cost. A schedule of concerts in those towns is provided with your Dodge City ticket.
Another key element of the association is that tickets are not available for single concerts. Tickets are only sold for the entire season of four concerts. Ticketholders become members of the association.
"We always want all our members to come to all of the concerts," said Dorie Fowler, publicity chairman for the association. "But we also tell them that, even if they can only make it to one concert, it's still a bargain."
Even the method by which the season tickets are sold is unusual. A large group of volunteers takes on the task of contacting members from the previous year to renew their membership. The membership drive begins April 6 and continues until mid-April.
As a bonus to new members who purchase tickets for the 2013-14 season, your purchase will also include tickets to the final concert of the current season: "Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver." This popular show hits the Civic Center stage on April 8 with a tribute to one of the most popular musicians of all time. The show, which was created by its star, Jim Curry, grew out of a CBS Television movie for which Curry was selected to provide the voice of John Denver. Curry has built a performance which not only brings the sounds of Denver to life but also the physical appearance. The show includes a multi-media experience that takes you into Denver's world.
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Annual membership in the Community Concert Association is $40 for adults and $10 for students. A family membership is available for $90. All memberships include all four local concerts plus reciprocity concerts with Great Bend, Pratt, Liberal and Garden City.
For more information, or to purchase a membership, call (620) 225-4404 or (620) 225-0248.
Visit the association online at www.concertassociation.net/dodgecityks/index.cfm.