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Stanly County Concert Association presents new season

The Stanly County Concert Association’s 2018-2019 season kicks off Sept. 29 with the Annie Moses Band at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.

“The Stanly County Concert Association is entering our 71st year of commitment to this community, bringing, diverse, exciting and wholesome entertainment for all ages,” said Charlotte Maness, president of the concert association.

“We encourage families to participate as we provide cultural and educational exposure to all kinds of music,” Maness added. “This is a great opportunity for music students to attend at student rates and we welcome them.

“We, as a Board of Directors and financial supporters, are proud that we have continued this tradition now for 70 years and grateful to the folks who had this vision and began the association. We have listened to our audiences, we participate in the arts groups of North Carolina for opportunities to hear new artists and we strive to bring various performances that highlight various styles and talent.”

The 11-member Annie Moses Band will showcase Classical, Americana, Progressive, Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Jazz music. They have performed at Carnegie Hall and on the Grand Ole Opry and have appeared on PBS and other TV shows. That will be the first of six events at the Agri-Civic Center.

A concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 will feature the Raleigh Ringers.

The 18 individuals are internationally acclaimed, have performed in several countries and have the most instruments of any handbell choir.

The Rowan Big Band All-Stars will present a Christmas concert with special guest vocalists

The Moonglows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

The Rowan Big Band All-Stars are composed of 18 musicians performing the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others of that genre.
Mitchell Johnson and the 30-member Rehoboth Fellowship Chorale of Charlotte will inspire with gospel music at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2019.

Johnson grew up in Badin and is a North Stanly High School graduate.

Balsam Range will offer bluegrass music at 7:30 p.m. March 16, 2019.

Balsam Range is a five-man North Carolina band which has been the recipient of several awards and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and with other top stars of the music industry.

Finishing up the season at 7:30 p.m. April 13, 2019 will be the duo pianos of Paul and Sophia Chandley from neighboring Montgomery County.

They are internationally famous and in demand as performers and music instructors.
Paul and Sophia are the founders, directors and instructors for the Trinity Music Academy in Troy, which is also the home for a 40-piece orchestra.

“This year is most exciting. With great support in various ways, we are presenting six concerts which will cover bluegrass, bell ringers, big band, classical piano, chorale, classical and many variations of them all,” Maness said. “This is a season that you don’t want to miss. We have so many people join us from other surrounding communities and we are very proud that they do.”

Entertainment at nearby counties includes Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, a Motown review, We Banjo 3 and the Latin/Salsa Band Orquestra Mayor.

Individuals can attend the six shows at the Agri-Civic Center and 14 other concerts in neighboring counties, 20  total  concerts, for $70 for an adult, $25 for a student, $80 for a one adult family and $150 for a two adult family.

All family memberships include all children 17 and under.

For more information about the Stanly County Concert Association go to stanlyconcert.com.

There you will find a 2018-2019 membership form you can print out and mail with a check to become or continue as a member.

Call Pam Medlin at 704-983-1684 and Charlotte Maness at 704-737-5301.

For those who have already joined the Stanly County Concert Association, tickets have been mailed. Individuals and families can also join in the lobby prior to the Annie Moses Band event Sept. 29.

Concert association members also receive a special bonus in that they can get a $5 discount when buying adult tickets for the Charlotte Symphony performance at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Agri-Civic Center when they show their concert association membership at the box office.

For those who are not concert association members they can join in the lobby that afternoon before the event and then present their membership for the $5 adult ticket discount.

Tickets are $5 for a student/child for general admission, $10 general admission for adults and $20 for reserved seats. Reserved seat tickets are available at the Agri-Civic Center only.
There’s a $5 per person group rate for groups of 15 or more individuals by contacting the Arts Council. Tickets are available in advance at First Bank locations in Albemarle, Locust, Richfield and Mount Pleasant and at the Agri-Civic Center. Payment is by cash or check only.

For more about the Charlotte Symphony concert, visit Stanly County Arts Council’s website at www.stanlycountyartscouncil.org and call 704-982-8118.