The Northern Showcase Concert Association is starting another season, bringing Irish dancers and musicians to Havre.
The concert association’s season starts Tuesday at 7:30 p. m. at the Havre High School auditorium when the Gothard Sisters will perform.
The three sisters, ages 16 to 24, all have studied music from a young age, along with Irish dancing. The three sisters from Seattle, Greta, Willow and Solana, competed in the finals of the solo dancing competition at the Irish Dancing World Championships in the United Kingdom three years in a row, and, along with their classical violin training, have worked on various other instruments including guitar, bodhran and voice, an entry on their website says.
“Their love for music, dance and storytelling is their inspiration for performing and recording …, ” the site says. “A live show with the Gothard Sisters is likely to include fast fiddling numbers with lively choreography, Irish step-dancing used in a myriad of ways, and special songs and ballads. ”
The performance is the first in a series put on by the association, formed by the combining of the former Northern Showcase Association and the Havre Community Concert Association. The full season includes one production of Montana Actors’ Theatre in Havre and reciprocity with other organizations in the state to offer reduced-price tickets.
The tickets at the door of the concert events are $15 for adults, $10 for students, or season tickets at $60 for adults, $35 for students and $125 for families.
Montana State University-Northern students receive free admission to the Havre concerts and MAT plays.
Under the reciprocity agreement, Northern Showcase Concert Association members also can gain entry to shows in Great Falls, Fort Benton, Gar-diner, Conrad, Helena, Chinook, Malta, Glasgow, Lewistown and White Sulphur Springs. For more information, people are asked to contact Denise Brewer at 265-3732 or online at the Great Falls Concert Association website at www.greatfallscommunityconcert.com.
The 2011-12 events are funded and sponsored in part by the Montana Arts Council, National Endowment of the Arts, the Western States Arts Federation and the Montana Performing Arts Consortium. Ticket sales and donations to the program also help fund the season’s events.
The concert season in Havre continues Oct. 27, when Norman Foote will perform his musical comedy, including a planned performance of songs with students from the Havre public schools.
On Jan. 26, Saxaphobia will perform classical jazz, followed by popular, classical and jazz songs by Presidio Brass on Feb. 16 and Sean Jones performing selections of pop, soul and big-band music.
The season closes out on March 13, with singer Rebecca Spencer and pianist Philip Fortenberry performing songs categorized as big hits of Broadway to American standards.