North Metro arts series heads into second year at Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park Schools Community Education is gearing up for another exciting year of bringing seasoned talent to the area with its North Metro Performing Arts Series 2012-13.

Jim Curry kicks off the 2012-13 North Metro Performing Arts concert series with a tribute “Take Me Home - The Music of John Denver.” Photo submitted
Jim Curry kicks off the 2012-13 North Metro Performing Arts concert series with a tribute “Take Me Home - The Music of John Denver.” Photo submitted

Season memberships are now on sale.

Jim Curry kicks off the first concert of the season Thursday, Sept. 27 in “Take Me Home – The Music of John Denver.”

Curry, who has emerged as one of the top performers of Denver’s music today, headlined in a Las Vegas tribute to the late singer. The similarity to John Denver’s voice landed him an off-camera role singing the voice of Denver in the made for TV movie “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story.”

The Home Free Vocal Band performs Jan. 22, 2013, while Rodney Mack’s Philadelphia Big Brass Quintet ends the concert season Monday, May 13, 2013.

Home Free is an a cappella group, a fusion of comedy and four-part harmony.

Performing together since 2001, the group offers an expansive mix of pop, classical and techno music performed solely by the human voice. The group has been wowing audiences throughout the Midwest leaving them with an animated and electrifying experience, according to a statement.

Rodney Mack comprises top brass musicians dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The brass quintet members have performed with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Canadian Brass, to name a few.

This is the second year of the Spring Lake Park series. Last year 250 signed on as subscribers.

“Our goal is to increase it (subscriber members) and to share the sheer joy of theater. The whole idea is to build community,” said Tom Young, concert co-organizer with Ryan Julien.

“The wonderful thing is the neighbors coming together,” Julien said.

In its inaugural year, SLP and North Metro Performing Arts presented four concerts. But to keep the series affordable and sustainable, the series was reduced to three concerts.

This year, Home Free and the Philadelphia Big Brass are planning to present master classes to Spring Lake Park music students.

The concerts are diverse. Last year, concerts ranged from a popular Russian instrumental trio to a daring African acrobat team.

“That’s the beauty of it,” Young said. “The fact that there’s this broad appeal.”

Also, the performers interact with audience members after the show.

“They’re very friendly and I think these acts will be the same,” Young said.

North Metro Performing Arts Series 2012-2013, three shows for $61. Youth $29. All performances 7:30 p.m. Spring Lake Park Fine Arts Center, 1100 81st Ave. N.E. For more information and to purchase memberships visit or call 763-786-1338.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]