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The Wadena Concert Association has announced the lineup for its 2010-11 season. President Bonnie Kingsley said memberships are still available and can be purchased at the door of Monday's upcoming Beatles tribute.

All five performances in Wadena are scheduled to be held at the Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, the Abbey Road Band will be the first of Wadena's five concerts.

"If you close your eyes, this thing will take you back in time 45 years," Kingsley said. "They won't play just from one era of the Beatles. They play selections from the entire scope from when they first became wildly popular, all the way up to the end."

On Sunday, Nov. 7, Intersection Trio will bring a light classical performance to Wadena.

"They're a young group so they're high energy," Kingsley said. "They will play classical pieces as well as some Broadway or some pop tunes adapted for their instruments."

Kingsley said that River City 6, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, is also planning to give a mini-concert for WDC students.

"They'll be fun," she said. "They'll be doing interesting things with their instruments. I've never seen a brass band that hasn't goofed around with a bent horn or whatever."

Simon & Son, a father and son piano duo, is slated for Sunday, March 27.

"They, again, use a lot of comedy in their routines, and they model it a little bit after the Victor Borge style," Kingsley said.

Cahal Dunne will be the final performer on Friday, April 8.

"He's Ireland's Happy Man. Apparently he's one of their TV personalities," Kingsley said. "He's a delightful tenor, as well as an accomplished pianist. He will give us an auditory tour all around the counties of Ireland, and he will share with us stories and songs."

According to Kingsley, all the shows are family friendly.

"Nothing is out of the realm that your kids couldn't hear it," she said.

Kingsley said that people can pick up flyers and fill them out at the chamber office, or they can contact her to request one.

Season tickets are $80 for a family, $35 for adults and $10 for students.

Kingsley said that if people miss part of the season, they can buy a membership good for the remaining concerts as long as they are willing to pay the full price.

"We have reciprocity with five other communities, so you can actually see up to 22 different concerts for $35," Kingsley said.

Alexandria, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Park Rapids and Sauk Centre have their own concert series.

"Don't limit yourself to Wadena only, if you have the time," she said. "Go to some of these other auditoriums because that's what the reciprocity is there for."

She said that the concert association is a nonprofit group which sells tickets and raises funds to bring internationally and nationally renowned groups to Wadena.

"We are an all volunteer group, and we are always looking for more volunteers," she said.

To contact Kingsley, call (218) 631-4178.

The Wadena Concert Association's mailing address is P.O. Box 173, Wadena, MN 56482.