With this past Saturday evening’s announcement of the 2014-15
Community Concert Series, the Jeannie is out of the bottle, so to speak.
If you missed our announcement at Saturday’s Voices of Unity concert
and season unveiling event, we announced that next year’s CCS stars
Barbara Eden and Hal Linden in a production called Love Letters.
you are a baby boomer or above in age, you certainly remember the two
iconic TV shows these stars were a part of. Barbara Eden, although she
also starred in other films and TV shows, is most well known as Jeannie
from “I Dream of Jeannie,” starring herself and Larry Hagman, who later
starred in the TV show “Dallas.” Most of you recall Jeannie for her
wardrobe and the controversy it created in the run of shows from
1965-1970. Let’s just say that Larry Hagman was not the only man
dreaming of Jeannie!
Hal Linden, of course, starred as Barney
Miller in that crazy TV show of misfits set at a NYC Police precinct.
Barney Miller actually had a longer run on TV than “I Dream of Jeannie.”
Barney Miller ran from 1974-82. This smash TV hit featured many
characters such as Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg, Gregory Sierra, and
Barbara Barrie to mention just a few.
Love Letters stars Barbara and Hal as two stage characters who grew
up together as friends at an early age. They share letters they wrote to
each other over their lifetime. You will share funny moments as well as
tenderhearted moments during this one-time Broadway show. And with
legendary actors such as Eden and Linden, it will be a guaranteed winner
for Van Wert.
As good as Love Letters will be, there are five
additional concerts on the series that could be headliners in their own
right. The Annie Moses Band has enjoyed such success that they have
played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Grand ‘Ole Opry. A family
that includes Julliard trained fiddlers, they have appeared on their own
PBS special and have been seen many times locally on TV-44 out of Lima
because of their spiritual influence in their lives and performances.
Their lively performances certainly appeal to those of their own age to
the more mature audience.
Peter Yarrow is another name all baby boomers know and love. As one
third of the legendary folk group, “Peter, Paul & Mary,” he is
responsible for songs that have been passed on through generations.
Songs like “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “If I
had a Hammer” are all a part of our lives because of “Peter, Paul &
Mary.” Peter’s interest in anti-bullying has made him a national
spokesperson on the subject and he will be sharing his message with
students in addition to his public performance later in the evening.
an effort to inform, inspire and entertain, we are proud to present the
Habaneros from Cuba. A quartet of string players from the National
Cuban Orchestra and a virtuosic clarinetist will perform classical music
and lively native Cuban music as they share beautiful photos on our big
screen of their homeland. This is a rare opportunity for us to learn
about a land located just 93 miles from our United States coast, yet we
know so little about their beautiful land, customs, culture and people.
Come, be informed and enjoy some lively Cuban music performed by some of
their finest musicians.
Concert Pianist, Leon Bates returns to
Van Wert in a concert featuring Community Concert’s own Baldwin SD 10
concert grand piano. Bates combines two rather peculiar traits:
bodybuilding and concert pianist. This may be one of the reasons he is
one of my favorite concert pianists. His music really comes to life
because of his physical strength. Bates is also a leading speaker on the
subject of African-American composers and their influence on American
music. You will enjoy his talk on this subject as well as his virtuosic
piano playing. If you love “Stomp,” you will love The StepCrew. They
complete the new CCS in a dazzling and exciting show of dance and music,
with a bit of Celtic flavor. I first saw them at the Dublin, Ohio Irish
Fest when they first got started a few short years ago. They will have
the audience exhausted just watching them perform. This show will excite
young people with their high energy music and dance. It is definitely a
winner to close our season with.
Now for the best news; all six
shows can be purchased for as little as $60! This year, we are scaling
the house and details can be found on-line at www.npacvw.org or by
calling or visiting the Niswonger box office. FINE