Nationally-known Broadway and TV actor Hal Linden of Capt. Barney Miller fame from the ‘70s sitcom of the same name is coming to Anoka.
But he won’t be sleuthing. Rather the multi-talented Linden, an accomplished clarinetist, will be singing and exploring memorable theatrical musings as part of Anoka Community Concert Association’s 2013-14 season.
In its 66th year, ACCA recently announced the start of its membership campaign, which began April 14 and runs through May 9.
Linden, who made his Broadway debut in “The Bells Are Ringing” in 1957 and has performed in more than 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, more recently has been bringing his show “Hal Linden In Concert” to audiences nationwide.
Other performers on this year’s five-concert series lineup are Jesse Lynch Jazz 101, DePue Brothers, Richter Uzur and the Diamonds.
“We have very good variety,” said Bonnie Melting, membership chairwoman. “Instrumental and vocal. We do try to appeal to all types of talents.”
Lynch’s group plays a number of styles from Beethoven to Bop. The trio have made more than 100 performances throughout the U.S. with Daniel Rodriguez and The American Tenors.
The DePue Brothers are four violinists – classic virtuosos – who entertain with a blend of bluegrass, classical and rock. The brothers have performed worldwide, including such venues as Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry.
Richter Uzur teams up as a guitarist and a cellist They have studied, respectively, at The Moscow Conservatory and The Royal College of Music. Founded in 2005, the duo blends folk, rock, classical and more into a fun concert. They have been featured regularly on NPR’s “Performance Today.”
Some of you may recall a pop tune called “Little Darlin.’”
Classic rock ‘n’ rollers The Diamonds, who recorded the song as a cover that turned into a hit in the late 1950s, will appear on the Anoka stage as part of ACCA’s season.
The Diamonds, with four distinct voices, continue to perform today with symphony orchestras, in performing arts theaters and major concert halls, on cruise ship, casinos, county fairs and more.
“The audiences are always appreciative and supportive,” Gwen Reiter, ACCA president, said about the series. “They recognize good talent and they want to be entertained.”
Melting and Reiter remind ACCA members to renew their membership for what promises to be an exciting season of entertainment.
ACCA is a non-profit organization comprising music lovers and offers yearly memberships to fund a season of five concerts.
As this publication went to press, a date was yet to be announced for the first concert. Concert dates and times are mailed to members one month before the first concert. Series ticket prices are: adults $45, students $20, family $110. For more information, call Melting at 763-421-7963 or call Carol Edwards Kabat at 763-422-0883.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]