For a new season of five concerts that features a jazz band, a cello quartet, a national dance company, a highly sought-after violinist and a unique brass ensemble, area residents seeking exceptional entertainment will want to buy a new five-concert series ticket being offered now by the Williamsport Community Concert Association for its 86th consecutive season. All concerts are scheduled for the auditorium of the Scottish Rite, 330 Market St.
Being held Oct. 10, the first concert features the Southern Fried Jazz Band as it revives New Orleans, Chicago and mid-western spawned numbers and takes the local audience on a colorful journey that increases their understanding and appetite for live jazz and the important role it plays in the culture of America.
From hot jazz to soulful blues, the Southern Fried Jazz Band blends music with narration and anecdotes of leader-trumpet player Don Edwards, whose background includes performing Dixieland jazz while on tour with the big bands. He later played with several Dixieland bands during his 15 years in Las Vegas. Also, he backed some of the Dixieland Greats, including Louis Armstrong and the World's Greatest Jazz Band.
The 55-member National Dance Company of Siberia, founded in 1960, will perform Feb. 20 as a part of the Williamsport Community Concert Association’s 2013-14 season.
Edwards operates the Southern Fried Jazz Band "like a well-oiled machine." Each band member is a show-wise performer and jazz artist in his own right who enjoys some time in the spotlight and has learned always to expect the unexpected from Edwards. Indeed, this results in a freshness and excitement in every performance that never fails to mesmerize the audience.
The Nov. 14 concert features a return to Williamsport of the Rastrelli Cello Quartet, a unique ensemble that has been thrilling audiences with renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002.
Four Russians, Kira Kraftzoff, Krill Timofeer, Misha Degtjareff and Sergio Drabkin, formed the ensemble with a mission to perform music "between the genres," and their widely varied programs mix comfortably works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with those of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Le Roy Anderson. The name of the quartet is taken from 18th century architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who designed the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the home city of three of the four quartet members.
The Rastrelli have performed in many of Europe's great concert halls. In addition to concert tours in Europe, the United States and Russia, the Rastrelli performs at numerous summer festivals worldwide.
The 55-member National Dance Company of Siberia, founded in 1960, has been a success ever since and will perform Feb. 20.
Its original manner of performing Siberian dances as well as its dash and vigor never leave spectators indifferent. The treasures of folk art are eternal and inexhaustible, but only when touched by the hand of an artist, alert to modern images and rhythms, do these treasures acquire value.
Mikhall Godenko, founder of the company and director until 1991, was an experienced and talented director, a choreographer of great artistic taste and creative imagination, always searching for original compositional solutions. The successful efforts of the company to create modern artistic pictures has found expression in the dances of cheerfulness, merriment, and humor of the Dance Company of Siberia.
On March 9, violinist David Kim, a highly sought-after pedagogue, will perform on the local stage.
Named Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999, Kim was born in 1963 in Carbondale, Ill., started playing the violin at the age of three, and began studies with the famed Dorothy Delay at the age of eight, later receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juillard School. In 1986, Kim was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Kim appears as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with orchestras around the world. In 2008, Kim was awarded the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually to "the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of the Philadelphia Orchestra." The award was established in 1941, and the recipient is selected by the music director yearly. He also serves as a member of the orchestra's board of directors.
Kim's instrument is a J. B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy, ca. 1757 on loan from the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Concluding the 86th season April 2 will be one of America's foremost musical ensembles, the Dallas Brass.
Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing unit of extraordinary range and musical challenges.
The repertoire of the Dallas Brass includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music.
According to Levine, "A Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our ideal audience has a range in ages from five to 95. Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do."
In addition to solo engagements, the Dallas Brass appears with symphony orchestras nationwide. Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzle, the New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philly Pops conducted by Philip Nero.
The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has toured overseas in Europe and the Far East.
They have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS "Early Show," and their music has been used numerous times on the television show "The Young and The Restless."
The Dallas Brass has a strong dedication to working with young musicians, frequently going into the public schools to present clinics and workshops for students of all ages.
New subscriptions are now being accepted. A season ticket for the five shows is $75 for the first section, $70 for the second section and $50 for the third section of the Scottish Rite Auditorium.
All concert begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of David Kim's March 9 performance, which begins at 3 p.m.
For further information or to order a season ticket go online at www.lycoming.org/wcca or email wccatickets@ gmail.com or call Dorothy Maples at 323-6012.