The Lakes Area Concert Association kicked off its 2001-2002 season ticket campaign this week, announcing a five-performance lineup that includes the New York Theater Ballet.
The season opens Oct. 15 with the Tom Prin Trio, a Twin Cities "easy listening jazz and popular show tunes" ensemble, followed by four other acts through April 17. All shows are 7:30 p.m. at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
For more than a half century, the association has sponsored an annual series of local performances by professional music and dance groups. Its season tickets are widely considered one of the best entertainment values for local audiences.
Season tickets are $25 per person -- $5 for each production -- and permit access at no additional charge to other performances sponsored by concert associations in Wadena, Sauk Centre, Park Rapids and Alexandria.
The Lakes Area Concert Association's 2001-2002 performing arts season opens Oct. 15 with the Tom Prin Trio, a Twin Cities group that specializes in easy listening jazz and Broadway show tunes. All performances during the season are in Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
The highlight of the local association's season could be the production of "Cinderella" by the New York Theater Ballet.
The 14-member dance troupe -- scheduled for Jan. 29 -- has been acclaimed for its "dedication to reviving small classic masterworks," according to the troupe's promotional materials.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer the ballet company this season," said Betty Alderman, the association's publicity chair and longtime board member, "because we've had so many requests for dance and there hasn't been ballet in our series for years."
Founded in 1978, the company has "become known for its theatrical expressiveness, high production quality, excellence in technique ... and emphasis on intimacy with its audience," the troupe's materials say.
The Washington Saxophone Quartet will perform Nov. 18.
The balance of the season includes the Washington Sax Quartet on Nov. 18, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers on March 18, and the a cappella quartet Marcoux Corner on April 17.
All acts have been booked through the Allied Concert Series of Minnetonka.
Moorhead-based Marcoux Corner will appear in each of the neighboring association's seasons, while the Washington Sax Quartet is booked for Sauk Centre and Jubilee Singers is scheduled for Alexandria.
Otherwise the other associations offer numerous additional acts not included in the local season, including the Shangri-La Acrobats, Foothills Brass Quintet, Burning River Brass, The Golden Strings and others.
Marcoux Corner is an up-and-coming a cappella quartet from Moorhead. The group will be in Brainerd on April 17.
"It's just wonderful to have all of this available in the local area at a very low price," Alderman said. "There's always something new and interesting to do, something for the entire family.
"We can't please everyone all of the time but we certainly work at it by offering so much variety," she added.
Season tickets are available by calling Alderman at 829-3379 or 963-2654. Family season tickets are $55.
The renowned Los Angeles-based gospel group, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, will highlight the season with a March 18 performance.
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