Anoka Community Concert group in 65th year

Sixty-five years and still going strong, Anoka Community Concert Association once again has an exciting lineup for its 2012-13 concert season.

The a cappella group 4:2:Five opens Anoka Community Concert Association’s 65th year of presenting a concert series. Photo submitted

The following concerts are slated:

• 4:2:Five: An a cappella group singing in flawless harmony (October)

• Jim Witter: Back by popular demand, Witter, in his guitar trio, sings and plays Simon and Garfunkel. Dynamic visuals. (November)

• Terry Barber: New to the series, ACC features a countertenor for the first time. Barber is a former member of the singing group Chanticleer. He has sung with the New York City Opera and in 2002 with the Metropolitan Opera. Expect a wide range of vocal styles. (January)

• TAP – The Show: A cast of two singers and eight dancers will keep your feet tapping during this visual extravaganza. The show is from Nashville, Tenn. (March)

• Legacy of Floyd Cramer: Jason Coleman highlights the music of his grandfather Floyd Cramer, keeping his piano style and song classics alive. (April)

Cost for the five-show concert series is $45 for adults and $20 for students. Shows are held in local high school auditoriums, depending on space available and scheduling. (Specific dates and locations have yet to be determined.) Last year’s concerts were at Anoka High School.

In the last 15 years, the series has shifted from classical music to more of a musical variety focus.

“But we always will include classical music,” said Bonnie Melting, membership chairwoman.

Melting said the series has been sold out for the last half-dozen years.

The series formerly included four shows. About five years ago, a fifth show was added.

Gwen Reiter of Anoka is in her sixth year of serving as president of the association.

“ACC is next to the Schubert Club as far as length of existence and community support,” Reiter said.

Fourteen board members serve on the ACCA Board. The organization has more than 20 volunteers.

ACCA is a non profit organization of music lovers. It offers yearly memberships to a season of five concerts. Live On Stage, Inc., a national company based in Nashville, Tenn., provides the talent for Anoka’s shows.

The membership campaign for the concert runs from April 15 through May 10. The series is close to being sold out. For more information, call 763-422-0883 or 763-421-7963.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]

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