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Singer headlines Community Concert


April 19, 2002

Alison England's one-woman show Sunday marks the grand finale for this season's Havre Community Concert series.

The Los Angeles-based opera singer and performer headlines the association's fourth show of the season with an act that blends "power, passion and pizzazz," according to England's press release.

"She loves it," said Amy Ferrara, spokeswoman for the national community series. "She just enjoys going to the next town to meet people and they actually love her."

Pianist Sandra McCune, a well-traveled performer who has played in concert halls throughout China, the Caribbean and Western Europe, will accompany England.

The show is titled "Opera, Broadway & Beyond," and combines the best of opera, Broadway and pop music with humor and "poignant recollections of one artist's journey in life and art," the release said.

England, whose is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Havre High School auditorium, has starred at opera houses in Seattle, Miami, St. Louis and Kansas City. She has also been a featured artist on television and the radio.

Current members of the concert association there are roughly 600 can attend the show. Purchasing a membership for the 2002-2003 season, which starts in September, will also get you through the gate, said Dee Ann Turck, the association's publicity chair.

Havre High's auditorium seats about 700 people.

Community Concert memberships cost $30 for adults, $15 for students and $75 for families. Four shows have been scheduled for next season, starting on Sept. 17 with Festival of Four, a group that combines flute with the sounds of three different guitars.

The community concert association that booked England has brought high-profile acts a mix of national and international musicians to the Hi-Line for more than 60 years. Based in New York City, the national community series was founded 74 years ago with the purpose of bringing live entertainment to small towns.

More than 300 small to mid-sized towns in the United States host the community concert association. Ten of them exist in Montana, in towns like Butte, Kalispell, Livingston and Glendive.

In her first season with the national community series, England agreed to 60 concert bookings. She has already committed to doing 40 shows next season.

For more information, contact Ruth Carlson at 265-4233, Jeanne Kieckbusch at 265-5224 or Cindy Keim at 265-8347.


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