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Curtain time: Community concerts bring entertainment excellence to Golden Belt
Exile with be the first featured act for the next Golden Belt Community Concert series.

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association brings a long-standing tradition of entertainment excellence to its 2013-2014 season with six concerts ranging in genre from country to classical, Broadway to bluegrass, and The Diamonds’ own classic rock ’n’ roll.
The association has launched its new membership campaign, which will continue through May 11. Opening in September, the season will feature six concerts selected to entertain members with a variety of musical tastes. Concerts are performed at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.
The 2013-14 season will feature the following concerts:
Exile, Sept. 12 – Classic rockers turned country rebels – Exile is reunited and stirring up some musically entertaining madness … just like they did 25 years ago. After more than two decades apart, J.P. Pennington, Steve Goetzman, Sonny Lemaire, Marlon Hargis and Les Taylor are riding the country waves, infusing their pop and southern rock sounds into their newly recharged lyrics.
Lincoln Mayorga, Oct. 15 – A versatile pianist and performer, Lincoln Mayorga has taken his diverse 18th-to-21st century repertoire to more than 200 cities around the world. Performances with Itzhak Perlman, Richard Stoltzman, Michael Tilson Thomas and numerous American orchestras reflect the diversity of his music. His recordings of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “I Got Rhythm Variations” with the Moscow Philharmonic, often played on the radio, have been widely praised in the music press.
Franc D’Ambrosio, Nov. 14 – The world’s longest running Phantom is taking off his mask and heading back in time. This season, D’Ambrosio will showcase his newest creation, I’ll Be Seein’ YOUZ…A Bronx Boy’s Musical Perspective of World War II featuring popular war songs from 1939-1946 and colorful stories from his Bronx, Italian family.
DePue Brothers Band, Jan. 18 – Blending the sounds of classical music and rock rhythms, the DePue Brothers Band offers a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical and rock genres. Each brother is a classical virtuoso in his own right and brings rich and diverse talents to the band’s sound. Their first album as brothers, Classical Grass, sold out of its first printing.
Back on Broadway, March 3 – Following in the fancy footsteps of the critically acclaimed audience favorite, On Broadway, Matt Davenport Productions’ all new show brings to life the most popular scenes and songs from the new Broadway classics. Dazzling costumes, colorful and quirky scenery and an orchestral sound accompany the triple-threat performers in full production numbers from shows like The Producers, Ragtime, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, Jersey Boys, 9 to 5, The Addams Family, and Mama Mia.
The Diamonds, April 3 – More than seasoned performers, The Diamonds are classic rock ’n’ roll. The original quartet rose to prominence in the 1950s and early 1960s with 16 Billboard hits including “The Stroll” and the instant, million-selling hit “Little Darlin’,” which has sold approximately 20 million copies to date. The Diamonds have learned that the durability of classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past.
Association volunteers are contacting present members for their membership renewals. Present members need to respond by May 11 for guaranteed renewal. They may renew online at if they wish. Anyone who is not a current member and wishes to purchase a membership may contact Linda Jerke, 793-9440.
Admission to concerts is by season membership only. No single concert tickets are available. Memberships will be counted May 10 and 11 at GBCCA Headquarters located at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, 1125 Williams. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11. Anyone wishing to inquire about a membership may do so in person by going to the headquarters on one of those dates. The membership drive ends May 11.            
Early Bird Special
Membership dues received by May 18 for the Early Bird Special are $45 for adults; $10 for full-time enrolled students; $100 for a family membership including two adults and all dependent children living in the same household; and $100 for a grandparent package for two adults and up to four minor grandchildren.
The price of dues increases after May 18 for all categories except full-time enrolled students.
For more information, visit the association’s web site: