Selma Concert Series announces schedule

Published 4:08pm Friday, September 27, 2013

The Selma Community Concert Association has announced their 2013-2014 concert season, and the theme of the year is variety.

“We have an audience that likes a variety of music, so we try to find performers that appeal to a wide variety of people,” said Doris Holland, president of the Selma Community Concert Association.

The need for a range of music is something Holland said has grown in importance over her 30 years with the organization.

“Originally we had only performances of classical music, which I love, but we found out over the years we need a wider variety of music as we got more popular and have a more diverse audience,” Holland said.

The season begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Pickard Auditorium with a performance by all male vocal band Street Corner Symphony.

The group, which finished second in the NBC show “Sing Off”, features two men with strong ties to Selma.

Singers Jon and Mark McLemore are the sons of Tom McLemore, minister at Houston Park Church of Christ.

Along with the local connection, Holland said the talent the group possesses is reason enough to come out and watch them sing live.

“They perform a wide range of music. It’s a show that’s going to be enjoyed by young and old alike,” Holland said.

A trio of performers will entertain those in attendance during the annual Selma Community Concert and Party at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 14 at the Selma Convention Center.

Performers during the Community Concert include vocalist Emily Herring, who will singing Big Band era music and songs of Patsy Cline; trumpeter Chuck King, who will perform music made famous by Louis Armstrong; and the “Just Friends Band” conducted by Bill Jeffries, who will play music of the Big Band era.

“Emily has such a wide range of talent and I’m really looking forward to this entire show,” Holland said.

The Montgomery Pops Orchestra will perform at Pickard Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

The season concludes with “California Dreaming,” a musical journey through the music of 60’s and 70’s, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

“This is so exciting,” she said

Holland had a simple question for anyone thinking that seeing these performers live wouldn’t be much better than watching them on television of computer.

“When was the last time you gave your television or computer a standing ovation?” Holland asked.

Tickets for the series are available at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, from Selma Community Concert Association board members or at the door the night of the concerts.

Special ticket prices are available for the Street Corner Symphony performance on Oct. 29.

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