For decades, Middle Georgia has enjoyed the commitment of the Warner Robins Community Concert Association has to bringing quality musical performances and educational opportunities at an affordable price to local residents. Now in its 32nd year WRCCA will open its 2015-16 musical season in September and end it after its sixth performance in April.
The first concert Sept. 13 is special and follows the WRCCA tradition of featuring the Wellston Winds, a community band composed of local musical educators, professional musicians and advanced high school students and under the direction of Lloyd McDonald. This performance is free to the public and will be held at 3 p.m. at Houston County High School, 920 Ga. 96, Warner Robins.
The remaining five performances of the concert season offer a wide variety of musical talent and entertainment. Luther Enloe, who is known for his technical finesse on classical guitar, will perform Oct. 18. Enloe is a recording artist with Sonic Grapefruit Records and has performed throughout the Southeast and Northwest. He is an instructor of guitar at Georgia State University, Berry College and the University of Georgia, and is an artist affiliate in guitar at Emory University.
“The Songs of Sinatra and Friends,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra, will be performed by the Joe Gransden Jazz Quartet on Nov. 15. This group promises to deliver silky smooth vocals and hard bop improvisation through its members’ extensive performance experience. The concert will include some of Sinatra’s greatest hits.
Mid-Town Brass Quintet, a group made up of some of the best professional musicians in the Southeast, will perform Feb. 7. The trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba quartet has extensive experience playing with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera and many other regional groups. This particular performance will cover an array of musical styles, including classical, jazz, pop and commercial music.
Misuku Tanaka will share her unique style and virtuosity on classical piano March 6. Known for her interpretations of J. S. Bach and Leos Janacek, Tanaka has performed at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, Mozart Museum in Prague and Mestanska Beseda in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
Ending the season April 10 will be duo favorites mezzo-soprano Nadine Cheek and pianist Edward Eikner. Cheek earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in vocal performance at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eikner attended Baylor University on a Van Cliburn Scholarship and completed all his graduate work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Cheek has performed extensively across the United States while Eikner has performed on five continents with return engagements to Europe, Asia and South America.
All five performances of the 2015-16 season -- after the Sept. 13 free concert at Houston County High School -- will be performed at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive, Warner Robins.
Single season adult tickets are $35 or adult tickets may be purchased at the door for $15. Students of all ages get in free.
“We look forward to seeing everyone again this year,” says WRCCA president Sharon Waugh, “and encourage folks to come and enjoy.”
Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.