The Lincoln County Concert Association has announced its 2007-08 season, which includes a pianist, a guitarist, a Prairie Home Companion band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
â€œAs always, variety is what weâ€™re offering,â€ said Rick Ramseur, president of the association. â€œAll four acts are very different, very diverse.â€
The Concert Associationâ€™s 2007-08 membership drive kicks off this month. An adult membership is $40 for the season, which is up $5 from last year. For those who sign up for a membership before April 15, however, the cost is $35.
Those who sign up before April 15 for the 2007-08 membership will also be admitted to the last show of the 2006-07 season, a performance by Chinese dancer Yu Wei.
Yu Wei will be performing at the Lincoln Cultural Center April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
After a career as a principal dancer and guest artist with top companies in China, Yu Wei has collaborated with three award-winning filmmakers to develop a unique program that combines dance and cinematic vignettes depicting the cultural and artistic background of the dances.
â€œItâ€™s educational as well as entertaining,â€ Ramseur said.
Jean-Frederic Neuburger, a 19-year-old French pianist, will begin the 2007-08 season Oct. 4 at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.
â€œItâ€™s a great venue for smaller acoustic performances,â€ Ramseur said.
Neuburger won the 2006 Young Concert Artist International Auditions and was also awarded the Rhonda Walker Teagle Prize.
He has performed at New Yorkâ€™s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.â€™s Kennedy Center.
Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group
Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group are best known through their work on Garrison Keillorâ€™s Prairie Home Companion radio show where they have appeared as regulars since 1975.
â€œTheyâ€™re humorous, or they certainly are on his show,â€ Ramseur said.
The group performs a range of Americana styles including bluegrass, cowboy jazz, Appalachian folk and old-time gospel.
They will perform at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
The 18-piece Glen Miller Orchestra has toured consistently around the globe since 1956. They will make a stop in Lincolnton Feb. 21 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center at 7:30 p.m.
Songs performed will include â€œIn the Mood,â€ â€œChattanooga Choo Chooâ€ and â€œMoonlight Serenade.â€
â€œThose are just American iconic tunes,â€ Ramseur said.
The band is currently under the direction of trombonist Larry Oâ€™Brien.
David Burgess will perform at the Lincoln Cultural Center April 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
From 1984-1987, he was a student of Spanish maestro, Andres Segovia. He later became a first prize winner in the Andres Segovia Fellowship Competition in New York City. His program features music from Latin America.
Like all the rest of the musicians on the Concert Associationsâ€™ lineup, Ramseur says Burgess is the real deal.
â€œTo do that for a living, youâ€™ve got to be good,â€ he said.
For more information on the Lincoln County Concert Association or to sign up for a membership call (704) 735-7287 or mail checks payable to LCCA to LCCA, 228 Stanford Road, #175; Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.by Sarah Grano