Greater Hazleton Concert Series Announces 2014-2015 Season

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 07/17 2014 12:28AM

Updated 08/24 2014 08:57PM

The Greater Hazleton Concert Series is proud to announce its 79th concert season. This non-profit, community based organization continues to offer top quality, professional, entertainment at reasonable prices. The 2014-2015 season will feature seven exciting, professional concerts for just $100! That is just $14.28 per concert!

The season will begin Thursday, September 18, with ABBA FAB, a stunning tribute to the music of ABBA. This multimedia production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 1970’s and 1980’s including monster hits such as Waterloo, Fernando, Honey Honey, Dancing Queen and countless others. From the earliest hits to Mamma Mia, ABBA FAB will take you on an ABBA journey that is unmatched.

Wednesday, October 15th, the season continues with The Manhattan Rhythm Kings. Known for their polished performances of American popular music from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings have gained a large enthusiastic following.  While frequently compared with the Mills Brothers and Paul Whiteman’s Rhythm Boys, the trio established a unique character of its own with a combination of close harmony singing, virtuosic instrumental work and spectacular tap dancing.

On Thursday, October 30, The Concert Series will present The Accordion Virtuosi of Russia. This unique ensemble thrills audiences around the globe with a diverse repertoire ranging from folk music to arrangements of rock songs. Since its inception, the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has been led by three generations of the Smirnov family: founder, Pavel Smirnov, and now by his sons Yuri and Vladimir, as well as his grandson, Yaroslav.
A very special holiday concert, “A Viennese Christmas,” will be offered on Tuesday, December 2nd.  The Hollywood Concert Orchestra, an ensemble of America's finest musicians, has become one of the premier ensembles in the world.  The "Viennese Christmas" program was conceived in late 1990s as a tribute to the annual Gala performed in Vienna each New Years Eve.  This program is a great combination of the famous Holiday tunes and the Viennese music that we all love.  

The 2015 portion of the season will open with the Bronx Wanderers on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  One Part “Oldies”, Two Parts “Rock N’ Roll”… THE BRONX WANDERERS are the ”perfect musical storm”, effortlessly creating the perfect level of synergy between generations and the music, the family and the rockin’ band that pulls it all together. United by their passion for great music, former gold record producer YO’ VINNY and sons VINNY “THE KID” and NICKY “STIX” form this pitch perfect band that delivers a non-stop barrage of hit after hit after delicious hit. One family, one dream, The ultimate soundtrack of Rock N Roll.

The Jive Aces will take the stage with “Swingtime” on Wednesday, March 25th.  Direct from London, THE JIVE ACES are internationally renowned for their superior musicianship and spectacular stage show and their energetic renditions of Swing/Jive/R&B classics -by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.  The Tinseltown Jitterbugs, representing six Swing Dancers, will join The Jive Aces on stage.

The season will close on Thursday, April 23, 2015 with The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass. This ensemble is composed of some of America's top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone.

A Concert Series subscription provides admission to seven great performances at a cost of $100 for adults, $50 for students, and $225 for family subscriptions. All concerts begin at 7:30 PM at the Hazleton High School Auditorium (1601 W. 23rd Street, Hazleton, PA) where convenient, lighted parking is free, and the drive is short.

For detailed concert descriptions visit the Greater Hazleton Concert Series website,  Subscription brochures are available on the web site or by calling Amelia at 788-4864, or Joan at 455-0990. For up to the minute information on the series, like us on Facebook. 

(Information from David Orbin)

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