Release Date: Monday, July 30, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Community Music Association not only has a new season of shows coming up, but it also is moving to a new theater for the first time in more than seven decades. The five shows in the 2012-2013 season, “All You Need Is Love,” will be held at Geary Auditorium in Riggleman Hall at the University of Charleston.
“Community Music Association is proud of the role it played in getting the Municipal Auditorium built in the 1930s, and it has served us well for many years,” Trudy Oliver, association president, said. “But the shows we are booking in the 21st century are different from those we had in the middle of the 20th century. We believe a smaller, more intimate theater will work better for us now.”
The season will begin on September 30 with “Liverpool Legends: The Beatles Tribute,” which has played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Liverpool, England, and is one of the most popular shows in recent years in Branson, Missouri. Mac Frampton’s “Fanfare for the American Hero” on November 11 will provide a suitable observance for Veterans Day with world-class singers and a full orchestra.
On January 20, “The Water Coolers,” a musical comedy and winner of off-Broadway awards, will take on such subjects as husbands, wives, kids and technology. E! Entertainment called it one of the hottest tickets in town.
For St. Patrick’s Day, Broadway performers Ciaran Sheehan of Dublin and Kimilee Bryant will perform on March 17 in “From Galway to Broadway” with a pianist and Irish Strings. As the nation marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Saxton’s Cornet Band will present “History You Can Hear,” a fascinating two-part program of music from the era, on April 14. All shows will be on Sundays beginning at 3:00 p.m.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Community Music Association to the University of Charleston,” UC President Ed Welch said. “We applaud the association’s long history of serving the diverse interests of Kanawha Valley residents and look forward to an entertaining season of shows in Geary Auditorium.”
Although the venue will be new, Community Music is holding the line on prices. A season ticket for an adult remains just $90. For five shows, that comes to just $18 per show, which is a bargain for the high quality of performances Community Music is bringing to Charleston. A season ticket costs only $30 for a fulltime college student and just $10 for a youth age 18 or younger.
For more information and to order season subscriptions from the Community Music Association, call 304-744-1400. Information also is available at the association’s new website: www.communitymusicassociation.com
In addition, Community Music can be found on Facebook at: Charleston Community Music Association.