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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Concert series prepares for 74th year

  • Toe tapping and finger snapping could breakout in the audience during the 2012-2013 Pratt Community Concert Series.
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  • Toe tapping and finger snapping could breakout in the audience during the 2012-2013 Pratt Community Concert Series.
    Programs ranging from classic 50s vocals to Beatles hits to Broadway song and dance to classic tunes to music from Celtic to country to rock will entertain the audiences at this season's performances, said Concert Series Board of Directors President James Van Blaricum.
    "I think were really fortunate to get the people we have," Van Blaricum said.
    For 74 years the Community Concert Series has brought top quality performers to Pratt providing entertainment in a wide variety of styles.
    The Sons of the Pioneers that performed in last year's program drew such a large response for tickets that the performance was moved to the Municipal Building. Normally, Concert Series performances are in Carpenter Auditorium on the Pratt Community College Campus. The auditorium holds about 400. People wanting tickets either need to buy season tickets or get individual performance tickets beforehand because performances are usually full and seating may not be available on the night of the performance, Van Blaricum.
    Ticket holders are given first choice of seats but if seats are available, they will be offered to the public. Season ticket prices are $35 for a single, $75 for a family and $15 for students. The season ticket gets the patron into all five performances.
    General Public Transportation is available for seniors. The bus will pick seniors up and deliver them home.
    Season tickets are available at the first performance of the season. This year's first performer is Cantabile, a London Quartet. The a cappella group of four men sings without accompaniment and their music covers songs from Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, The Chordettes (Mister Sandman) to sacred music of the last millennium in a presentation of harmony and humor.
    The first performance is set for 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 with single performance and season tickets available at the door.
    The Community Concert Series is part of a reciprocity program with concert series across the state including Dodge City Community Concert Association, Live on Stage II at Liberal and Golden Belt Community Concerts in Garden City.
    A ticket from any of these concert series will allow the patron to attend any program at any other concert without having to pay an additional fee, Van Blaricum said.
    The Concert Series has been bringing top quality performances to Pratt for 74 years that the program for the 2012-2013 season will continue that tradition.
    The Community Concert Association selects the programs from Allied Concert Services. A representative from Colorado works with the association to find five concerts that fit within the $30,000 budget. Acts are selected on community interest and also for variety plus previous acts, Van Blaricum said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The association selects from video presentations from the various acts. They like to keep the total cost for acts between $25,000 and $27,000 so they will have some funds in reserve in case an act is available they really want but costs a bit more than they have in the budget.
    The Pratt Community Concert Association is one of a few associations that actually pays its way through ticket sales. However, the association does gratefully accept donations as well.
    Concert tickets are available from any board member: Jack Ewing, Janet Black, Bev Aldrich, Misty Beck, Barbara Shinkle, Karen Dodson, Ginny Schmidt, Priscilla Green, Jan Luttrell, Glenn Pritchett, Larry Foulk, Anita Shultz, Anna Minnis, Janna Mathes and Van Blaricum.

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