Community concert group begins campaign

March 19, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Residents looking for a cultural experience in Waynesboro besides local high school productions and Wayne Band concerts usually have to drive to The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown or to events in Washington or Baltimore.

There is an exception - the concert series sponsored every year by the 67-year-old Waynesboro Community Concert Association.

Tickets to the four local concerts, plus 16 more during the year through a reciprocal agreement with community concert associations in Hagerstown, Westminster, Md., Chambersburg, Pa., and Gettysburg, Pa., are on sale as the WCCA launches its 2004-05 annual subscription campaign.

For $35, a patron can attend all four Waynesboro concerts plus four each in the reciprocal communities, said Shirley Zeigler, WCCA president since 1994.


"We often say we are the best-kept secret in Waynesboro," Zeigler said.

A WCCA representative will be at Waynesboro's Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. to sign up subscribers, she said.

They also can be bought by calling 717-762-5435 or by mailing a check to the Membership Secretary, Waynesboro Community Concert Association, at P.O. Box 785, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Topping the new season, which begins Oct. 24, will be the Glenn Miller Orchestra. It will be followed Feb. 25 with Robert Sims and his interpretations of African-American spirituals.

The series continues April 10 with the Bayfield Brass and its range of styles from the Renaissance through jazz. The season's final concert will feature Franc D'Ambrosio, who starred in the San Francisco production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera."

Patrons who buy a subscription for the 2004-05 season can attend the final performance of the 2003-04 season on April 27 featuring Hudson Shad, an ensemble of five male voices.

All local concerts are in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium.

Zeigler said the association hopes to sell about 500 subscriptions a year. Subscription forms were mailed this week, said Linda McNew, the association's publicity chairman.

The money pays for the performers, she said. The cost for next season's four concerts will be about $18,000.

Tickets are not sold at the door. "We need to have a guaranteed income," Zeigler said.

Over the years, the association has brought such greats to Waynesboro as the Trapp Family Singers, the Robert Shaw Chorale, the Obernkirchen Children's Chorus and the New Christy Minstrels.

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