School has started, football season is about to kick off and so is the 31st concert season for the Warner Robins Community Concert Association.
The first performance at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 is special because it is free to the public and will feature the Wellston Winds, a community band made up of musicians from Middle Georgia.
The group consists of local music educators, professional musicians and advanced high school students providing enjoyable, engaging and interesting musical experiences.
What is also special about this performance is that it is the only concert of the 2014-2015 season that will be held at Houston County High School, 920 Ga. 96, Warner Robins. The remaining five concerts will be held at 3 p.m. on the designated day in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 205 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins.
The WRCCA concert season offers a wide variety of musical talent and entertainment.
Soprano Jessica Jimenez will perform a classical repertoire Oct. 19. Jimenez is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York with a master’s degree in vocal performance. She also studied at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where she was part of the Opera Workshop and the Choir. She has been the featured soloist in various recitals and music festivals in her native Puerto Rico, Italy and the United States.
On Nov. 9, the very popular Georgia Big Band will return with its ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists, all professionals from Middle Georgia. First organized in 1988 as the Dublin Jazz Band, the group reorganized in 2001 to become the Georgia Big Band with musicians of varied backgrounds from band directors to military musicians.
The duo of Lopez and Tabor will bring in the new year at a Jan. 18, 2015, performance featuring violin and piano. The duo has performed and toured together since 2004 in the southeastern United States and Venezuela.
Alfonso Lopez is an extremely proficient musician, holding the position of concert master of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the national and principal orchestra of that nation. He also conducts, teaches and composes.
Michele Tabor is a native of Venezuela and now resides in Tallahassee, Florida. She holds doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music from Florida State University, the University of Denver and Tulane University.
On March 8, 2015, the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra will perform under the direction of conductor Robb Smith. The orchestra is made up of mandolinists, guitarists and bassists who joined to create the performing unit of the Atlanta Mandolin Society.
Its musical selections range from turn of the century rags and marches, to classical, Latin, jazz, Brazilian, ethnic and seasonal compositions.
Rounding out the season on April 12, 2015, will be Miguel Castro who is a master drummer-percussionist. He is currently the director of percussion studies and jazz band at Middle Georgia College and is also the percussion coordinator of the Houston County school system. Castro holds a mater’s degree in Music Performance from the Conservatoria Nacional de Musica in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance.
“We are encouraging everyone to order their tickets in advance as soon as possible so we can process the order and have the season tickets ready by the kickoff concert on Sept. 14,” says Warner Robins Community Concert Association President Sharon Waugh. Tickets are also available at the door. Adult admission is $15 and students are free, but the entire season package is only $35.
The Community Concert Association began back in 1982 and has been performing at First United Methodist for the past eight years. The building is ADA compliant and has excellent acoustics for a concert.
“This is the perfect location to bring quality musical experiences and entertainment to the area at an affordable price and actually admit students of all ages free of charge,” Waugh said.
To obtain tickets, write the association at WRCCA, P.O. Box 819, Warner Robins, GA 31099-0819. If you have any questions, call Norma Hunt at 478-923-7024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.wrconcert.org.
Marsha Priest Buzzell is the director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and can be contacted at 478-922-5100 or email@example.com.