Concert association sets banner 7-show season

The Community Concert Association of Morgan City is bringing more to the Tri-City area than ever before this year.

Seven big concerts highlight the CCA schedule during the 2011-12 season, with all events beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul Schreier Theatre of the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.

CCA, formed more than 60 years ago, offers world-class entertainment to the Tri-City area and the rest of St. Mary Parish and surrounding parishes at affordable rates.

Strong adult and student memberships help ensure continuing concerts for the area — and there is no debating the worth of the deal.

The lineup for the coming season includes:

Intersection

Sept. 22

Violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek, and their group Intersection, have forged a powerful connection with audiences worldwide. Formed in 1998 (under the name “Kristina & Laura”), the group’s numerous recordings have been best-sellers in Asia and have topped the classical and crossover charts. In Japan alone, CD sales have been well in excess of 100,000. In addition to their best-selling CDs, Intersection has released more than half a dozen DVDs and have become a familiar presence in the popular media, through numerous magazine covers, high-profile appearances on television (including CNN International), and even through their much-loved cameos on TV commercials.

The quintessential Intersection event is the trio concert, with a varied program of repertoire from all parts of the music world. A typical evening with Intersection may center on a Ravel, Dvorák or Brahms trio, but will veer into previously unexplored byroads. A Hungarian thread present in the Brahms may be further spun into a sequence of Gypsy tunes, Dvorák into Slavic dance forms, Ravel into the ethereal world of a sensuous French song. American music, crucial to Intersection’s repertoire, is presented in musical forms spanning the most avant garde of compositions to lighter fare such as excerpts of film music and popular theater and song. Various solos and duos add to the aural variety.

Billy Dean

Oct. 15

A native of Quincy, Fla., Billy Dean was raised appreciating the value of music and has a diverse array of musical influences. After attending college on a basketball scholarship, Dean moved to Nashville in 1983 and by 1990 had recorded his first top 5 hit, “Only Here for a Little While.”

Since then Dean has transcended genres with his unique repertoire, earning numerous awards including The Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year, “Somewhere in My Broken Heart;” ACM New Male Vocalist of The Year; BMI Pop Awards; BMI Song Awards; BMI Million Air Plays Award; Country Music Television Rising Star Award; NSAI Song of the Year; and a Grammy for a country tribute, “Amazing Grace.”

Sean Jones

Oct. 31

“Magnetic,” “captivating” and “genuinely soulful” are just a few of the accolades describing Sean Jones, a performer whose international stock is on the rise. His interpretive performances of R&B and Soul classics have wooed fans from across Canada and the US. This summer, Jones brings a whole new show to his audience with a focus on what he does best: love songs.

Jones has been singing love songs from his formative years in high school, where he joined R&B vocal group “In Essence,” a five member vocal group renowned for their spectacular harmonies and effortless ability to connect in both the R&B and Soul Music worlds. Legendary DJ/Producer FunkMaster Flex picked them up for management, and the song “You Will Never Have Another, ” became a mix show radio hit throughout America. This success led to a multinational record label deal with BMG Music.

American Spirit

Nov. 12

The 2011-12 concert season marks the 10th anniversary of the world changing events of 9/11. To honor this pivotal moment in American history, Matt Davenport Productions Inc. is privileged to present the stirring world premier production of American Spirit.

Join the multi-talented cast of 10 as they take you on a powerful journey through the events — and introduce you to the people — that define the American Spirit! From the birth of our nation to a spectacular 4th of July celebration, you don’t have to look far to see, hear and feel the true spirit of our great land.

As seen through the eyes of the well meaning, but slightly befuddled mayor of Your Hometown, U.S.A., the show is a powerful 90-minute song, dance and storytelling journey through parade routes and battlefields, town halls and concert halls. Witness moments of the American Revolution mixed with the Industrial Revolution. Hear Prohibition jazz grow out of Civil War spirituals. And enjoy America’s heroes on the battlefield and ball field rubbing elbows with entertainers and politicians alike! Iconic video images are surrounded by the sounds and speeches of our nation’s history.

Mark Masri

Feb. 6

In the music business, overnight success can sometimes take a decade or two. In the case of Torontonian Mark Masri, this is true. Performing since the age of 5, he has been building his career through writing music for film, television and other singers. Now, one of the hardest working men in the business is about to get his big break.

American audiences have been discovering for the past two years what Canadians are about to find out: Masri’s soulful tenor is one of the finest voices of his generation, and coupled with his tall, dark and handsome appeal, he is poised for international stardom.

In addition to his incomparable vocals, Masri is a piano player, songwriter and producer. He co-wrote all but one of the original songs on his new CD, “La Voce.” For the rest of the repertoire, he chose a virtuosic array of songs in six languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. As the son of a Lebanese father and a Scottish mother, and with his ease at performing an array of international songs, Masri exemplifies the new face of Canada; multiculturalism at its best.

MASS Ensemble

March 8

MASS (Music, Architecture, Sonic, Sculpture) is an internationally renowned performance group that combines unique musical sculptures and installations with traditional instrumentation, creating an unforgettable multi-sensory theatrical experience.

MASS has been fusing music with technology, sculpture, dance and aerial performance for more than a decade. Thrilling audiences all over the world, they have built a loyal audience that is constantly awaiting the next big idea from MASS.

MASS designs and builds an original site-specific installation for each engagement, combining music with cutting-edge dance and visual arts. MASS is known for their one-of-a-kind, large-scale long-string and percussive instruments, designed and created by artistic director, William Close. The Earth Harp, “The World’s Largest Stringed Instrument,” places the audience inside the instrument, as the golden strings span out from the stage and use the architecture or landscape to create a harp 50 to 1,000 feet in length.

Take Me Home:

A John Denver Tribute,

April 24

Jim Curry began his music career by writing and performing the opening song, “The Time of Your Life” for his senior play. The song was voted to be the 1975 class song, and Curry was awarded a rotary scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in his life Curry’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Curry continued to sing and specialize in the songs of Denver, sharing Denver’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.

He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Curry sings in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” and “Calypso” fill the room.

Subscription prices remain at the low level of $45 per season for adults and $10 for students (K-12). That one price includes admission to all the 2011-12 shows in Morgan City.

CCA organizers boast that any one concert alone is worth purchase of the season-long subscription.

Patron plan subscriptions begin at the Bronze level for four tickets at $150, Silver level for 10 tickets at $350, and Gold level for 20 tickets at $600.

CCA suggests that corporate memberships are good for employee rewards/ incentives.

For more ticket information call 385-2307.

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