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Concert Association lineup announced

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The Wadena Area Concert Association has announced its lineup of performers for the 2011-2012 season.

Bonnie Kingsley of the Concert Association said that there will be six performers this year. Usually there are four or five.

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Kingsley also said that while the Wadena Concert Association has acted as a nonprofit for many decades, it is now in the process of getting official nonprofit status from the government.

Adult season passes are $35, students high school and younger are $10 and the family rate is $80.

Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Park Rapids, Sauk Rapids and Alexandria are in reciprocity with Wadena, so a season pass for the Wadena Concert Association provides admission to any of the other towns' concerts - for a total of 22 different performances.

"I think there's only one day on the schedule where there's two different performances at the same time," Kingsley said.

Kingsley said that while tickets for single concerts are usually not available, there is a courtesy provided to season pass holders in which adult family members coming to visit can receive single use tickets.

In addition, memberships can be purchased in the middle of the season. If someone is interested mainly in one group, they can purchase a membership to attend the concert and then have the option of attending whatever concerts are left, Kingsley said.

All performances take place at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The first musician, Mac Frampton, will perform Thursday, Sept. 29.

"He has been at our auditorium before, I believe - many, many years ago," Kingsley said. "They call him Triumvirate because the group he's traveling with is a trio."

The Unexpected Boys will perform Tuesday, Oct. 25.

"They all have been in musical positions on Broadway, whether they're lead roles or understudies," Kingsley said. "They really love the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons." Any four of the large group's members will perform the tribute to Broadway songs and Frankie Valli.

Winter will bring the husband and wife Bottom Line Duo on Saturday, Jan. 28.

"This is an interesting combination of cello and bass," Kingsley said. "They'll do a combination of classical and modern music as well."

The Gizmo Guys comedy jugglers will entertain audiences on Feb. 23.

Kingsley said the group is a shorter act with no intermission.

"We're also going to have the pleasure of a school visit that afternoon too, so the kids will get to see a mini-show," she said.

Redhead Express will perform Sunday, April 29.

"That's the Walker family from Alaska, and it's probably most like a Branson style show that we have this year," Kingsley said.

The last concert of the season is a local group, the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra of volunteer musicians, performing on Saturday, May 5. Natalia Heikes is slated to provide piano accompaniment.

"It will be mainly classical, I think they're going to throw in some fun things too," Kingsley said.

With the exception of the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, the performers are booked by Allied Concert Services of Plymouth, Minn.

Kingsley can be contacted at (218) 631-4178.

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