Concordia Concert Association Announces 2019-2020 Season
The Concordia Concert Association has announced its 2019-2020 season.
TAKE ME HOME: The Music of John Denver
Monday, September 30, 2019 - 7 pm
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.
Curry began his music career writing and performing the opening song, "The Time of Your Life" for his senior play. The song was then voted to be the 1975 class song and Jim was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in his life, Jim's natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing John's positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.
The untimely death of John Denver's in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the music world left John's ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie, "Take Me Home, the John Denver Story," in which Jim landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Jim to produce full-length John Denver tribute concerts.
He's not your usual "Vegas style" impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim 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 John 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.
Jim believes that John Denver's words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis.
An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7 pm
Take George Winston, Victor Borge, Schroeder from Peanuts and Beethoven on steroids. Throw in a blender. Mix well and serve.
Jason Farnham delights audiences around the United States, again and again. Fans have affectionately dubbed him "Schroeder" from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience. The variety includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist. Jason is always looking for an interesting spin on the status quo, a way to take a classic and turn it on its ear.
Program highlights include "Peanuts Theme," "Great Balls of Fire," "Can Can," "In the Mood," "Our Love is Here to Stay," "King of the Road," "Summertime" and "Good Night Irene."
TO LAUGH IS TO LIVE: Featuring Kenny Ahern
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 3 pm
Touring the planet for over two decades, Kenny Ahern has steadily built his reputation as a world-class family entertainer. He is equally at home in the theater as he is frolicking on stage at fairs and edu-taining at schools.
It all started in 1983 when a college professor suggested that Kenny audition for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and write a research paper about the experience. That was 25 years and thousands of performances ago. Kenny has taken master classes in physical comedy with Broadway Star and Tony Award recipient Bill Irwin and Yale School of Drama faculty head Christopher Bayes.
A few performances of note include as a member of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and performances at the China International Children Arts Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.
Sultans of String
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 7 pm
2017 JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms. Sultans of String celebrate musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity.
Firey violin dances with rhumba-flamenco guitar, while the bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
All performances will be held at the Brown Grand Theatre in downtown Concordia.
Admission to concerts is by membership only.
Susan Regan, Membership Chair, says the 2019-2020 membership drive will begin Sunday, March 10th and run through Friday, March 22nd.
To purchase a membership, contact Regan at (785) 275-1600.
Membership tickets will be delivered in late-August or early-September prior to the first concert.