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Magic, music and more on schedule

For 72 years, the Selma Community Concert Association has been adding a cultural arts experience to the lives of Selma citizens through music shows and performances.

And with past concert seasons including a world-renown magic show and show choir, association officials hope to offer even more variety for SCCA’s 2011-2012 concert season beginning Oct. 25.

Community concert president Doris Holland, who has been involved with the series for 35 years, said three acts will grace the stage this year including “Down Home,” a Nashville band featuring husband and wife duo Den and Bobbie West, “Celebration Winds,” the Birmingham and Atlanta-based 65-piece orchestra under the direction of conductor Greg Berry and “Three Men and a Maestro,” a quartet playing musical arrangements ranging from pop to Broadway.

“We have an amazing variety show this year,” Holland said. “We have ‘Down Home’, a Las Vegas-type show … we very seldom have a show like this; we never had a 65-piece orchestra before … the ‘three men and a maestro’ perform country (and) drama and music is varied from Phantom of the Opera and others, and instruments are acoustic.”

Holland said last year’s series garnered rave reviews with 900 in attendance for the Spencer’s Theater of Illusion magic show and 1,700 Selma and Dallas County students for the Auburn Singers troupe. The attention, Holland said, is great for Selma.

“The response this year has been awesome,” Holland said. “When we have corporations or businesses do work in Selma they start out by seeing what’s good in Selma. They look for the good schools, churches, cultural arts and concerts or entertainment, and we have that.”

All concerts will be held inside J.A. Pickard Auditorium. The first concert of the series, “Down Home” will begin Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Celebration Winds will perform Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. and “Three Men and a Maestro” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, the Selma-Dallas County Public Library or at the time of each concert. Tickets are $70 each for adults, $150 for a family or $140 for a donor, which includes two season tickets.

Corporate, patron and sponsor tickets are also available. For more information about the concerts or ticket prices, contact Holland at 875-9201.

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