August 3, 2008

Membership Drive on for Redfield Concert Series

By American News, Aberdeen, S.D.

Aug. 3--The Redfield Area Concert Association's annual membership drive for its 2008-09 season continues through Aug. 11.

The drive began July 14.

The season consists of performances by Fascinating Gershwin on Oct. 23, Trumpet Invasion on Nov. 13, Just Friends on Feb. 14 and the New Reformation Band on April 27.

All the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield.

Fascinating Gershwin: The music of George and Ira Gershwin is featured in this program.

"Accompanied by a jazz trio, the talented and accomplished Janice Martin wows the audience with her virtuosity on the violin and piano and spectacular soprano voice," according to a press release.

Among the tunes featured in a standard program are "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,""They Can't Take That Away from Me,""The Man I Love/Someone to Watch Over Me" and music from "Porgy & Bess," including "It Ain't Necessarily So,""Summertime" and "My Man's Gone Now."

Trumpet Invasion: Trumpet Invasion features Rich and Brandon Ridenour, a father-and-son team who have entertained onstage together since Brandon was 7 years old.

"Today, as a soloist, Brandon pushes the trumpet beyond limits with his unique style of playing, arranging and composing," accoridng to a release.

In 2006 Brandon won the International Trumpet Guild solo competition, playing his own composition entitled "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano," and last year, at age 21, became the youngest member of the prestigious Canadian Brass.

Rich Ridenour has built a formidable career performing concerts of great piano favorites ranging from classical masterworks to American ragtime, jazz and rock 'n' roll. He regularly appears as pops conductor for the Elgin, Ill., and Dearborn, Mich., symphonies.

Just Friends: Just Friends comes to Redfield on Valentine's Day.

"Dee Noah and Jimmy Martin bring cabaret music at its finest to the stage," according to publicity material. Noah, the duo's primary vocalist, "has enjoyed a rich and diverse career including work with the Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company and many lead roles with the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in the Twin Cities." She has sung with the Detroit Grand Opera Association and the Toledo Symphony.

Martin was a child prodigy, debuting with the Toledo Symphony shortly after his fifth birthday. "He has established himself as one of the country's leading pianist/entertainers, having played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre," according to the release.

Music from a typical program would include "Embraceable You,""What are you Doing the Rest of Your Life?", "Try to Remember,""Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

"With good humor, these dear friends share a sparkling and remarkably varied repertoire that makes for a truly enjoyable evening," according to the release.

New Reformation Band: The New Reformation Band is described as "America's most entertaining classic jazz band."

From its first performance at a Saginaw, Mich., church more than 35 years ago, the band has played at national jazz festivals and with various U.S. symphony orchestras, on cruise ships, in concert halls, country clubs, bandshells, fairs, resorts, supper clubs, schools and colleges, as well as performing hundreds of worship services in churches of many faiths.

The band has a large repertoire of traditional jazz tunes, including Dixieland, ragtime, blues, Big Band and swing. "The universal popularity of this group emanates from its versatile and talented musicians, all of whom contribute instrumentally, vocally and humorously to put on a great show," according to publicity material.

To attend any performance, a season membership in the Redfield Area Concert Association must be purchased. No single admission tickets are available, nor will 2008-2009 RACA memberships be offered once the season is under way.

Memberships are $70 for a family (two adults/children), $35 for an adult membership and $10 for a student membership (younger than 18).

Additionally, membership in the Redfield Area Concert Association entitles one to attend performances scheduled in Huron and Pierre during the 2008-2009 season, due to a reciprocal agreement with the concert associations in those cities.

For membership information, contact Donna Bushong at (605) 472-2838, Deanna Bindenagel at (605) 472-1294 or Mary Ellen Rische at (605) 472-2991. In the Miller area, call Ray Caffee at (605) 853-3154.


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