Arkansas Valley Community Concerts Season Starts Oct 3 with Backtrack Vocals

Description: Backtrack Vocals, the first concert this season, is an ensemble of six young performers got started by launching a YouTube channel, featuring new arrangements of familiar songs (includes beatbox).

Published: 09/08/2022
Byline: McFarren

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Arkansas Valley Community Concerts Season Starts Oct 3 with Backtrack Vocals

The Arkansas Valley Community Concert Association will be bursting on the musical scene on Oct. 3 with Backtrack Vocals, a five-person a cappella group which features familiar tunes with a modern sound, including beatbox. This show is bound to appeal to the younger audience, which makes the tickets a better buy for the family. This year, the tickets are for the adults 18 and over and are $58, but the younger members of the family may come to the audience free with an adult.

Some of the songs Backtrack Vocals perform, with their own modern twist, are “Walking on Sunshine,” Temptations Medley, “My Girl,” Beethoven Medley, “Help!” “This Is Me,” Mary Poppins Medley, “I’ll Be There - Lean on Me” Medley, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Sweet Caroline,” and the Rainbow Over America Medley, Patriotic and Traditional.

Backtrack Vocals shown in performance (guess who’s doing the beatbox).

To get a ticket, contact a member of the AVCCA you know, or Kathy Parker (719-384-8017) or Jill Manley (719-468-2039). An outreach for students will be featured with the first performance at 1 p.m. on Oct. 3. Season tickets are $58 per adult, children are free with adult. Individual performance tickets are $20.

The great variety of the shows is made possible through the Allied Concert Series and the generous donations of the patrons (anyone who contributes more than the ticket price) and the corporate sponsors ($250 or more). Performances are at the Ed Stafford Theatre on the Otero College Campus, at 7 p.m. unless specified otherwise, as in the case of The Luther Mason Trio, founders of the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, who will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Their music spans a journey from Scotland and Ireland to foot-stomping Kentucky Bluegrass and back to Europe with the singing beauty of classical music on violin, viola and cello.

After Backtrack Vocals, the next performer is Mark Hensley, a native of La Junta and a former piano student of Marilyn Russell. Hensley performs on Nov. 17. He earned a piano degree at the University of Denver and is a veteran of international piano competitions, as well as performing frequently in the Seattle area, now his home. Hensley traverses the classical, romantic, and modern periods to perform a mix of fiery, beautiful, and playful works by Chopin, Mozart, Shostakovich, and others.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, be sure to bring the kids to Dan Miller’s Cowboy Revue. They have toured the world for 17 years, entertaining over 180,000 people from 70 foreign countries with a family-friendly show famous in their home range of Cody, Wyoming, as well as around the world.

Dan is joined by his daughter Hannah on fiddle and mandolin and business manager Wendy Corr on bass and vocals. Their musical style ranges from cowboy and Americana to a bit of bluegrass and gospel.

The award-winning Illumine Trio performs on Friday, March 24, 2023. This group of friends - Chris O’Hara on trumpet, harpist Katie Lynch Koglin, and soprano Sarah Moyer - met as performers in Boston, MA. Their friendship and love of music have helped them establish Illumine as a world-class musical ensemble. They have performed internationally from touring in brass ensembles to musical theater, orchestras, Grammy-nominated vocal ensembles, rock, jazz and beyond. They bring these styles together for a beautiful and joyfoul musical experience.

Copper Street Brass concludes the series on Thursday, April 27, 2023. They are a Minneapolis-based sextet composed of two trumpets, trombone, tuba, French horn and percussion with several members doubling on keyboard, percussion, guitars and electric instruments. This is a real treat for your band members and those who aspire to be band members. They play everything from classical and opera, jazz and folk to rock and disco.

You can hear snatches of performances of all the performers except Hensley and the Luther Mason Trio on the Allied Concert Series website.

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