Five varied programs beckon concertgoers of Williamsport and the surrounding area for the 2012-13 season of the Williamsport Community Concert Association.
All concerts are scheduled for the auditorium of the Scottish Rite, 330 Market St.
The first concert, Ocean City Pops, starts the season at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 with a concert by 24 instrumentalists and two vocal soloists. Throughout the summer the entertainers present their programs on Ocean City's famous boardwalk. An evening with the Pops can include anything from a fully staged Broadway musical to opera, jazz, theme nights, movie scores or old favorites.
Each musician has an impressive professional background.
Many have played with the finest orchestras in the world, for Broadway show and touring companies, and with top name recording artists. They have studied under some of the finest teachers in the country, and many are leading teachers and mentors in their fields.
Maestro Scheible, the conductor, who is an outstanding trumpet player and teacher, blends each musician's unique ability into a cohesive group that plays each type of music as if it were their specialty.
Scheduled for 7:30 p.m Nov. 15 is Siberian Virtuosi, a state ensemble of violinists of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The popular group has given more than 1,200 concerts during the last 18 years in 14 European and Asian countries and will debut this season in Williamsport and other American cities.
The American Spiritual Ensemble comes to Williamsport for the third time at 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Requests to bring them back have been overwhelming. Soloists in their own right, the singers thrill audiences around the world with classical spirituals, and jazz and Broadway selections highlighting the Black experience, under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey, an acclaimed tenor soloist.
At 3 p.m. March 10, Saxton's Civil War Cornet Band recreates the sounds, appearance and conduct of brass bands during the antebellum and Civil War eras. Entertaining both musically and visually, their performance is historically accurate from the mid nineteenth century, complete with music, dramatic readings and period humor. The band is named for the most popular and long-lived ensembles that performed in Kentucky for more than 60 years from before the Civil War into the 20th century.
The season's final concert, by the Philadelphia Organ Quartet, will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 17 and features four of the finest solo organists of today. Dazzling musicianship leavened with large doses of humor and on stage banter features classical organ compositions along with ragtime. Music lovers shouldn't miss this great performance on four amazing Allen organs on stage of Williamsport's Scottish Rite Auditorium.
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New concert goers are joining subscribers from last season to purchase the five programs of the 2012-13 season. Season tickets are now on sale for $50, $60 and $65.
A five-concert purchase now assures the music lover of best seats for five concerts; a discount when buying additional tickets for each of the concerts; buying the five concerts at savings of 50 percent, 40 percent and 37 percent; and buying five concerts now at $65 versus one concert later at $35.
Family rates also are available.