Three regional concert series are about to open their 2011-2012 season, and they're featuring bargain subscription prices for those who order in time for the Sept. 20, 21 or 24 opening concerts.
Conveniently close to home, all three offer performances for musical tastes ranging from classical to folk to jazz, and delebrate musicians including Duke Ellington and John Denver. All three concert societies have withstood the test of time; the youngest, Performing Arts Association of Linthicum, celebrates its 30th season this year, and the oldest, Severna Park's Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, is marking its 60th season.
Anne Arundel Community Concert Association
First up is Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, which holds its concerts at Severna Park High School. The association opens its season Sept. 20 with the Poulenc Trio, consisting of oboist, pianist and bassoonist, in a lively program of classical music. This program starts a season that also features pops classics, ragtime and ballet.
Next will be a tribute to the music of John Denver on Oct. 10, featuring Jim Curry and his band offering Denver favorites like "Country Roads" and "Rocky Mountain High."
Dec. 3 will bring the Peacherine Ragtme Orchestra, composed of students at the University of Maryland, College Park.
On Jan. 14, Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents a historical program expressing American ideals with a strong accent on Maryland's history.
The season closes April 19 with The Four Aces, a quartet that first gained fame 60 years ago with hit records like "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."
South County Concert Association
On Sept. 21, the South County Concert Association opens its 36th season with "American Spirit," featuring a cast of 10 in a 90-minute program of song and dance that takes the audience on a journey through American history.
Nov. 21 brings entertainer Sean Jones in a program of classic rhythm and blues, including songs made famous by Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
On Feb. 9, guitarist Edgar Cruz will offer a program of classics.
March 4 will introduce Cosmic Symphony, a community orchestra based in Southern Maryland and directed by Vladimir Lande.
Spanish Brass will take the stage on March 27 to offer an eclectic program including Bach and the Moorish rhythms of Albeniz played by a quintet of musicians: two trumpets, one trombone, a French horn and a tuba.
On April 22, a free concert will be given by the 60-piece National Concert Band of America, organized in 1973.
The season closes May 7 with the Capitol Steps, presenting satirical skits on current event.
All South County Concert Association concerts start at 7:30 p.m. at Southern High School auditorium in Harwood. Season subscriptions may be ordered by calling 410-867-1585 or 410-956-4881.
South County and Anne Arundel Community Concert Association have reciprocal arrangements, so subscribing to one association's series allows you to attend the other's series at no additional cost. Order a subscription of five concerts in AACCA's series and get all six SCCA concerts. For one adult, 11 concerts cost $45, or $55 for one parent plus children and $100 for two parents plus children.
For AACCA information, call AACCA president Gale Gillespie at 410-647-4881 or Grace Shapiro at 410-263-9553.
Performing Arts Association of Linthicum
On Sept. 24, the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum opens its 30th season with the Brooks Tegler Big Band in a program saluting such legends of American music of the 1930s to 1960s as Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.
A program of pop, bluegrass and ethnic music will be presented Dec. 13 by Three Men and a Maestro.
On Jan. 26, a free concert will be offered by the U.S. Navy Band.
On Feb. 12, Live Arts Maryland will again present a Broadway musical by the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra with star soloists under the direction of J. Ernest Green. The show this year is Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" — his 1934 musical that introduced "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick out of You," among other great tunes.
On March 31, the Deanna Bogart Band will offer a contemporary program of blues, country and jazz.
The Four Freshmen will close PAAL's 30th anniversary season on April 29 with standards associated with this quartet that began in 1948 with a blend of harmonizing vocalists who were also accomplished instrumentalists. The tradition continues with the present Four Freshmen, who have been together since 2001.