World of talent to touch down in Anoka

An eclectic blend of the world’s dynamic sounds of music dances across the sky, gently floating on airy breezes and arriving in Anoka for the Anoka Community Concert Association’s 2014-15 concert series.

New Shanghai Circus acrobats choreograph music, lighting and theatrics for an energetic performance as part of Anoka Community Concert Association’s 2014-15 series. Photos submitted

New Shanghai Circus acrobats choreograph music, lighting and theatrics for an energetic performance as part of Anoka Community Concert Association’s 2014-15 series. Photos submitted

Performing groups from Cuba and New York, Houston and the ancient isles of Ireland, Scotland and Wales take the stage beginning this fall and promise to delight audiences of all persuasions. There’s even a Chinese acrobatic performing group in the mix.

“There’s something for everyone – every different culture and every different age. This series will truly delight with broad appeal,” said Bonnie Melting, publicity and membership chairwoman for the community concert association.

Dates and times for each performance haven’t yet been released and are open only to association members and their guests. The association’s membership campaign remains open until sold out, but ends soon, Melting said.

“People subscribe from all over the metro area and we often sell out with 900 people or more,” said Melting, recalling the association’s 67-year history of presenting five concerts each year.

All 2014-15 concert series performances will be held at Anoka High School. Concert-goers will enjoy seats on a first-come basis. Free parking is also provided.

Anoka Community Concert Association exists “to broaden our perspective through a variety of entertainment,” Melting said. “We are a nonprofit organization of music lovers who offer yearly memberships to fund a season of exceptional concerts.

Tickets for the series (which list the date and starting time for each attraction) are mailed to concert association members one month prior to the first concert.

The association contracted with the following artists for this year’s 67th annual concert series.

The New Shanghai Circus

Formerly known as “The Incredible Acrobats of China,” The New Shanghai Circus is touted as “the best of the best” of China’s more than 25,000 acrobats and more than 250 acrobatic troupes. Debuting in the United States in 1998, The New Shanghai Circus performs everything from contortion to trapeze to group and solo bicycle riding, and choreographs music, lighting and theatrics for an energetic performance.

Four Celtic Voices

Celeste Ray, Maria Banks, Carol Crittenden and Alison Crossley joined forces and created a vibrant, vivacious and fresh Celtic group. Focusing on the music and poetry of the ancient Celtic tradition, Four Celtic Voices’ instruments and harmony transport the listener to the enchanted kingdom of the ancient isles.


WindSync is a quintet of chamber musicians based in Houston, Texas. The group states its mission is “to inspire audiences through innovative, interactive chamber music concerts and educational programs.” That mission results in a highly creative performance, sometimes enhanced with costumes and choreography.


Clarinetist Alden Ortuno Cabezas, violinists Carlos Suarez Morejon and Julio Cesar Garcia Dominguez, violist Idalmis Ulloa Besada, and cellist Suaima Ramos Torres blend their talents, rooted in their memberships with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, to create authentic Caribbean sounds.

Andy Feldbau

Heralded as a rising star, pianist and composer Andy Feldbau comes to Anoka from New York City with a long list of concert dates and performances the world over. He has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, in Los Angeles and London, as well as touring throughout Europe and Israel. A native of Israel, Feldbau performs as an orchestral soloist and has composed and recorded original music – even composing and performing cadenzas to piano concertos of Mozart, Haydn and Rachmaninov.

Music series

Concert dates and times for the 2014-15 Anoka Community Concert Association series will be mailed to association members one month before the first concert. Series ticket prices are: adults $45, students $20, family (parents and all children) $110.

For more information on becoming a member of the association, call Bonnie Melting at 763-421-7963.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]

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