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New season of Community Concerts brings out Magic of Music
Equinox Little Big Band will perform Sept. 19, kicking off the 2016-2017 Golden Belt Community Concert Association series. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has launched its membership campaign for 2016-17, revealing a season full of “The Magic of Music.” The new season will offer the following concerts:

Equinox Little Big Band
Sept. 19

This band plays from the Great American Songbook with style and swagger. Audiences have fallen in love with Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson and The Fabulous Equinox Little Big Band. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two band leaders bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage.

David Burnham’s Broadway
Oct. 1

David Burnham performs songs from his roles on Broadway. He played Fiyero in the mega-hit musical, “Wicked,” and he received the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the national tour of “The Light in the Piazza.” He first gained acclaim when he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
Oct. 15

Singing traditional southern gospel, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James, and Roy’s son, R.W. That heritage of gospel music is carried on today as James’ younger son, Billy, along with tenor Wayne Little, bass singer Butch Owens and lead voice Mike Helwig re-create that famous Blackwood sound.

Next Generation Leahy
Nov. 15

Building on more than three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy with wife Jennifer and their children are keeping their family traditions alive. Performing high-energy infectious Celtic-based music on fiddle, cello, French accordion and piano, also including French-Canadian step dancing and vocals, these talented children are a rare inspiration.

Alina Kiryayeva
Jan. 28, 2017

Professional concert pianist and chamber musician, Kiryayeva is globally renowned for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound. She has won numerous awards and has been honored by Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk with the State Award for Achievement in Arts. She gives a brilliant light-classical music performance.

All-American Boys Chorus
March 16, 2017

The All-American Boys Chorus performs the best of America’s musical heritage. Acclaimed for its musical excellence and fostering leadership skills, the chorus has completed more than four decades of remarkable growth and significant achievements.

Association volunteers are now contacting current members for their membership renewals. Current members need to respond by May 7 for guaranteed renewal. They may renew online at if they wish. New members are also being sought. 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. Concerts take place at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone. Season memberships are $50 for adults; $10 for full-time enrolled students; $110 for a family membership including two adults and all dependent children living in the same household; and $110 for a grandparent package for two adults and up to four minor grandchildren.
Memberships will be counted May 6 and 7 at the Best Western Courtyard, 2920 10th St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7. 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 7.
For more information, visit the association’s web site: