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Diversity of musical genres highlight 2010-11 concert series

August 27, 2010
Tribune Staff Report

The Heart of America Concert Series' tradition of providing quality entertainment to its members will continue this year with a lineup that features a mixed vocal quartet, acoustic guitar, brass quintet and a four-brother musical variety show.

Series kicks off on Sept. 24

The series begins on Friday, Sept. 24 when "Just Friends" performs a cabaret music show at 7:30 p.m at the Tilman Hovland Auditorium at Rugby High School.

Performers Jimmy Martin and Dee Noah have extensive musical backgrounds. Martin, who plays piano, debuted with the Toledo Symphony and has played at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Noah, who provides lead vocals, includes with with the Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She has also had lead roles in the Chanhassan Dinner Theatres in the Twin Cities and also has sung with the Detroit Grand Opera and Toledo Symphony.

On Sunday, January 23, "The Five of Us," a mixed quartet and piano group, will take the stage. The five-person group has performed for 15 years and includes a mix of musical styles, featuring classic pop and old-fashioned favorites to contemporary Broadway.

Fact Box

2010-11 Heart of

America Concert Series

Sept. 24-Just Friends; Jan. 23-The Five Of Us; Feb. 15-Edgar Cruz; March 17-River City 6; May 7-The Marlins

Of note:?Admission is by concert series membership only... performances are held at the RHS Tilman Hovland Aud.

Edgar Cruz will showcase his acoustic guitar-playing talents in Rugby on Tuesday, February 15. Cruz has performed throughout Europe and North and South America and has headlined at the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville since 1995.

An Emmy-winning documentary on Cruz was featured on PBS in 2004. The Oklahoma native encourages audience participation. Singing, clapping and even dancing are all part of his performances. His music will range from Beethoven to the Beatles.

On Thursday, March 17, "River City 6" - a Pittsburgh-based brass ensemble will perform. The group is comprised of six dynamic performers from the famed River City Brass Band.

A sampling of the program would include a Sousa march, a suite from West Side Story, a xylophone solo and an Irving Berlin medley.

The members each bring unique talents to the stage and are full or personality and wit. Each is a soloist and adds a special stylistic flavor to the mix.

The concert series will wrap up on Saturday, May 7 with "The Marlins", a four-brother variety musical show.

They have shared the stage with well-known artists Lee Greenwood, Randy Travis and The Smothers Brothers. They specialize in playing something that suits everyone's musical tastes. The genre of music is wide, including big band, classical, rock 'n roll, jazz and bluegrass. Tunes popularized by Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller are part of their performance.

Admission to the concerts is by season membership. Fees are: Adults, $35; students, $5; and families, $70. To purchase a concert membership or more information about the series, call Pat Monger at 776-5698 or DeeDee Bischoff at 776-5443.

In a reciprocity agreement with Bottineau and Devils Lake concert groups, Rugby members may also attend the concerts in those cities at no cost.

Their concert schedules for 2010-11 are Bottineau: Sunday, Oct. 17, Benny Goodman Songbook; Tuesday, Nov. 9, Cahal Dunne; Thursday, March 3, Arne Fogel; Monday, April 4, Redhead Express.

Devils Lake: Thursday, Oct. 21, Abbey Road Band; Tuesday, Nov. 9, Intersection; Thursday, Feb. 11, River City 6; Monday, May 9, The Brett Family.



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