Several plans available, 2014 John Davidson concert a bonus

Area sales of subscriptions to the 2014-2015 Pratt Community Concert Association (PCCA) season are now underway. Next year will be PCCA’s 76th year of offering quality live entertainment to the Pratt area. Volunteer workers began canvassing Pratt and surrounding towns following a campaign kick-off session Saturday morning. Board members know subscribers are in for a fantastic season.

Renewals give supporters five concerts again this coming year.

Anyone subscribing for the first time gets not only these five concerts but a bonus ticket to the May 22nd, 2014 John Davidson concert. It begins at 7 p.m. in the PCC Carpenter Auditorium as do all PCCA events.

The 2014-2015 concerts are:

“Six Appeal,” Oct. 11. The male sextet sings a cappella. They skillfully use their voices to provide acoustic accompaniment as well as a mellow vocal sound with fantastic harmony. They began performing at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2006. Within a year, they were performing around campus. Three years later they were touring the Midwest and giving clinics for high schools. They are a very popular selection available through Allied Concert Services, PCCA’s contracting agency. “Six Appeal” will also conduct a clinic for high school students while in Pratt.

“Jung Trio,” Nov. 16. This female trio features piano, violin and cello and has appeared in concerts across North America as well as Asia, Europe and Africa. Their performances feature classical music with a fresh flair that will appeal to all. All three graduated from Yale University School of Music. Other training for individual trio members includes the University of Toronto, the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School.

“Mischievous Swing,” Jan. 26, 2015. Featured is Shelby Eicher on violin. He appeared with Roy Clark on “Hee Haw” for 15 years, leads the Tulsa Playboys and has a number of recordings with major artists. Other Eicher family members, Isaac and Nathan, play mandolin and bass while Ivan Pena adds guitar. They will use both jazz and acoustic genres. Discerning listeners will hear rhythms of Latin America, French cafes and gypsy camps and New York, Chicago and Kansas City jazz styles. “Mischievous Swing” delivers a driving quartet guaranteed to get your foot tappin.’

“Rebecca & Kuba,” Feb. 20. This pair of vocalists present an unusual program — country, jazz, show tunes and classical. This unusual combination has been a hit with audiences across this country and Poland (Kuba’s home country). They met while doing solo performances on a cruise ship. Rebecca, a Texan, is the youngest actress to perform the role of Eva Peron. Her performances get standing ovations throughout North America and Europe. Kuba is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing different instruments since he was 5. PCCA listeners will likely hear him on vibraphone — maybe on the theremin, on drums, on piano, perhaps on flute or handsaw, as well. Now married, Rebecca and Kuba also bring a daughter along to their shows though she is not yet part of the act.

“Maureen McGovern,” April 24. Many PCCA subscribers already know that McGovern’s career spans 40 years and includes recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting. Ticket holders will recognize many old favorites in her performance. Known as “the lady with the Stradivarius voice,” she also supports music therapy and has been an artist spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. She performed for 33 consecutive years on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon and was a co-host in New York City for six years. She also conducts master classes for college students, semi-professional and professional artists across the country.

South Central Kansas music lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to purchase a season ticket that not only admits them to these concerts, but also to concerts in Dodge City, Liberal and Johnson. These three concert associations have a reciprocal arrangement with PCCA.

Because PCCA is a nonprofit association, all workers and board members are volunteers. This makes it possible to offer tickets at very reasonable prices. Subscribers may choose from individual or family plans. Individual season tickets for the entire season are $35 for adults and $10 for students. Family season tickets are $75.

Also available are Benefactor Plans for those who may wish to assist PCCA in meeting its costs. All five plans place the subscriber’s name in each of next season’s concert programs. A member of the Silver Plan purchases season ticket(s) and adds a donation of $10 to $49. A Gold Plan is available to those who purchase season ticket(s) and donate $50-$99.

Those who purchase season ticket(s) and donate $100-$249 or more become members of the Diamond Plan. Platinum level donations are $250-$499 with subscription(s) and Corporate Benefactors purchase ticket(s) and donate $500 or more.

Subscribers who make these donations make live performances affordable to our audiences stress campaign workers. We can provide more shows of a high caliber because of Benefactor donations, they emphasize.

In addition to community workers’ contacts, anyone may contact PCCA Campaign Headquarters, Black’s Law Office, 306 S. Oak, (620) 672. 5671 to order a subscription or with questions.