A concert featuring live music and painting is a surprise event for Pratt Community Concert Series that is trying to raise money to stay in operation.

Music and art lovers are invited to a special Pratt Community Concert Association event on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. at Carpenter Auditorium at Pratt Community College.

PCCA President Sheryl White said the event will include both music and art and will culminate with the auction of a song written just for Pratt during the concert and of a painting completed during the program.

The event has been listed on the PCCA calendar as a Mystery Concert, according to White, who revealed the program Wednesday. Admission is free for PCCA members and $15 at the door for others.

Performers are Stephen Butler (pianist) and Mark Flickinger (painter), both on the faculty at Cowley Community College in Arkansas City.

“We learned about them through Miss Kansas Hannah Klaussen when she included a ticket to one of their performances in her basket that was auctioned as part of the 2018 pageant activities,” White said. “They receive rave reviews everywhere they go and will be definite crowd pleasers in Pratt, as well.”

The concert will include a lot of interaction between the guest performers and audience members. Butler will compose a song especially for Pratt, which will be recorded, and Flickinger will complete a painting during the performance.

Auctioneer John Hamm will step up to the mike at the conclusion of the concert and encourage lively bidding for both the painting and the recording, which will be auctioned separately.

“This is an important fundraiser for PCCA,” White said.

White said the organization is heading into its 81st year with its drained coffers needing to be replenished.

“We need support from Pratt and neighboring communities to come and bid and to consider becoming members in order to bolster PCCA funds and allow us to continue to bring quality programs to Pratt,” White said.

PCCA memberships are $40 annually. The programming for the concert season includes four to six concerts in Pratt, from fall through spring. The PCCA memberships are reciprocal with designated other community associations in the region, entitling PCCA members to up 16 concerts a year, for those wishing to travel.

“Many of these performances would carry individual ticket prices of $80.00 or more in a metropolitan venue and we are bringing them here to Pratt residents for a fraction of that cost, so our concerts are a real bargain, even when tickets are purchased for $15.00 at the door, and a whopping bargain to members who pay only $40.00 for a season ticket,” White said.

The Butler-Flickinger duo have extensive credits and have performed widely both regionally and outside of Kansas and one of Flickinger’s paintings is on permanent display at the Governor’s Mansion in Topeka, White said.

“Whoever puts in the highest bid for the song/recording and for the painting will take home a treasure to go along with a treasured memory of an outstanding performance,” White said.

White may be contacted for membership applications for the current season, which runs through April and will feature three additional live local performances in Pratt, including the upcoming concert.

The upcoming Pratt concerts, following the January 27 event, are “Jersey Tenors” on Wednesday, March 15, and “Brass Fire” on Monday, April 8, both at 7 p.m. at Pratt Community College Carpenter Auditorium.

Additionally, PCCA has a reciprocal agreement with designated other community concert associations, entitling PCCA members to attend their concerts as well, if they wish to travel. The reciprocal associations are those in Dodge City and Liberal and Stanton Counties.

White may be reached by email at sdw1001@gmail.com or by phone, 620-672-1596.

PCCA also has a Facebook presence. Type Pratt Community Concert Association in the Facebook search bar to access it.