by Peter Bodley
Coon Rapids Arts Commission kicks off its four-concert 2012 dessert and coffee concert series Thursday, Jan. 12.
Accordionist Leonard “Skeets” Langley will perform at the Coon Rapids Civic Center at 7 p.m.
Langley, a retired music educator after 34 years in the Robbinsdale School District, is a graduate of Augsburg College, Minneapolis, and received a master’s degree in music education from MacPhail College of Music.
He started playing the accordion at the age of six and entered his first accordion contest three years later.
Langley won the American Accordionists Association national championship for his age group in 1962, earning the chance to represent the association and the United States in world competition in Prague, Czech Republic, where he placed second.
The next year, 1963, Langley qualified for the international event again, this time in Baden-Baden, Germany, where he won the gold medal and world accordion championship.
Langley has performed in concert with the world renowned opera singer, the late Luciano Pavarotti.
He lives in Champlin with his wife Rosemary. They have two married sons and four grandchildren.
In addition to the music Jan. 12, there will be an exhibit by a local artist, dessert and beverage.
The remaining three concerts take place on the second Thursday of each month, February through April, at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.
The rest of the concerts are:
• Thursday, Feb. 9, Nicolas Carter, harp variety.
• Thursday, March 8, Dennis Warner, folk/Americana.
• Thursday, April 12, Minneapolis Commodores, barbershop harmony.
Admission includes dessert and beverage.
Tickets for each concert are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and older as well as children age 12 and under.
Call 763-767-6432 for more information and advance ticket sales.
The Coon Rapids Civic Center is at 11155 Robinson Drive N.W.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org