Local concerts continue 70 year tradition

Wednesday, September 17, 2003
McCook High School junior Brad Potthoff goes high in the air for an overhead smash.

Thanks to the McCook Concert Association, the people of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas have been treated to outstanding entertainment for more than 70 years. "There were brief lapses --during the war years -- but otherwise the concert association has been serving this area since the 1930s," said Floyd Hershberger, a longtime concert supporter. That tradition will continue in the autumn of 2003 and the winter and spring of 2004. Season tickets, which are now on sale, remain at surprisingly low price levels. For only $30, an adult can gain admission for all four concerts. That's only $7.50 per show. For students, it's even cheaper, with the season ticket price of $10 cutting the cost per performance to $2.50 each. But the big seller is the family membership, available for only $65 for the season. At that cost, two adults and all student children in the family gain admission to the full concert series. In addition, ticket-holders have reciprocity for concerts in North Platte, Cozad and Holyoke.

So what do you get with your concert membership? You get a great amount of value, with the first concert alone worth the full price of the tickets. Launching the season will the the New York Theatre Ballet's performance of "The Alice in Wonderland Follies." That presentation will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, at the McCook Memorial Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. From then on, you can look at your concert membership as a bonus, with performances Monday, Nov. 3, by the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet; Friday, April 2, by the Prudence Johnson Moon Country Trio; and Friday, April 23, by Marcoux Corner, a pop a capella group. The final three concerts will be at the Fox Theater, with the shows starting at 7:30 p.m.

If you haven't been a member of the McCook Concert Association before, this would be an excellent season to join. You may register for membership by sending your registration and checks to: McCook Concert Association, P.O. Box 585, McCook, NE 69001. You may also call any of the members of the McCook Concert Association board, and they will arrange for one of the association's many volunteers to call on you. "We have more than 40 people selling tickets throughout the area," said Mary Eklund, a member of the concert board.

The ticket campaign wraps up in September, but Alice Harpst, the membership chair, has announced she will accept season ticket purchases up until the first concert, Oct. 19. After that it will be too late for this season, as concerts are booked and paid for on a seasonal basis.

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